How to Reset Forgotten Root Password in Ubuntu 14.04

ubuntu 14.04 password reset

Sometimes it is necessary to get root access into the Ubuntu system. I was facing the issue when try to reset forgotten root password in Ubuntu 14.04 using recovery mode (Drop to root shell prompt). After done a few testing and do a research, i have found the working solution for it.

Steps to Reset Forgotten Root Password in Ubuntu 14.04

Give root password for maintenance (or type Control-D to continue)

1. First, make sure to choose the regular or default boot kernel that you always use, then press ‘e’.
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2. Hit the down arrow key over to the “linux” option.
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3. Remove the “ro” part with the backspace key, and then the following onto the end:

rw init=/bin/bash

Press Ctrl-X or F10 to boot.
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4. Your system should able to boot up very quickly to a command prompt.
Reset Forgotten Root Password in Ubuntu
5. Use the following command to reset your password:


Once password has been set successfully, run sync command to write out data to the disk before rebooting.

reboot -f

Reset Forgotten Root Password in Ubuntu

Thats all. Now you should be able to login without any issues.

  1. Bob
    September 11, 2014 at 3:47 am

    Last command in gray box s/b

    reboot -f

    not rebooting. It is correctly shown on the screenshot.

  2. Jambu Blukutuk
    Jambu Blukutuk
    October 24, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Thank you very much, you save my life

  3. bryce
    November 28, 2014 at 10:14 am

    I have went through every step just as u had said but I get a /bin/bash: quiet: no such file or directory. …….. and 3.508683) kernel panIc- not syncing: attempted to kill init exitcode= 0x00007f00 what is wrong?

  4. Santosh V Vambase
    Santosh V Vambase
    December 9, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Very useful and easy approach to recover the credentials..
    Thank you..

  5. Pushkar Pun
    Pushkar Pun
    December 31, 2016 at 11:33 am

    rebooting -f #wrong line…

    It must be reboot -f

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