How to reset lost password on Ubuntu

From the official Ubuntu LostPassword documentation (with minor changes to work on more recent versions of Ubuntu)

  • Reboot your computer.
  • Hold Shift during boot to start GRUB menu.
  • Press e to edit.
  • Find the line starting with “linux” and change “ro” to  “rw” then append “init=/bin/bash” at the end of that line.
  • Press Ctrl + X to boot.
  • Type in passwd username.
  • Type the new password
  • Restart and login with the new password
  • Enjoy!

Tested on Ubuntu 16.04 Desktop, 64-bit

About SoCRaT

Systems Engineer, OSS & Linux Geek
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