Reset a Mac Password

If you forget your mac password there is a quite easy way to reset it again.

  1. Reboot your computer and immediately press Command-S to start in single-user mode
  2. Mount your harddisk: mount -uw /
  3. Get a list of all short usernames on the computer: ls /Users
  4. Reset user xxx’s password: passwd xxx

Note that this does not reset your keychain password, i.e., you will have to redo all passwords.

For more information, see here.

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