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Reset the Root Password on Fedora

Last Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2020
Fedora System Admin Troubleshooting Guides


If you are locked out of your Fedora instance and have lost access to the root account, you need to boot into single-user mode and reset the root password. These steps apply to Fedora versions 29 through 32.

How to Reset the Root Password on Fedora

  1. Access the instance console in the Vultr customer portal.

    Vultr Web Console

  2. Click the Send CtrlAltDel button on the top right of the web console.

    Send CtrlAltDel

    You can also click the Server Restart icon.

    Server Restart

  3. As the system boots, press ESC to bring up the GRUB boot prompt. The prompt happens early in the boot process. If you miss the prompt, you need to restart the server from the control panel and try again.

  4. At the GRUB boot prompt, press E to edit the first boot option.
  5. Find the kernel line starting with linux
  6. Change ro to rw init=/sysroot/bin/sh.
  7. Press CTRL+X or F10 to boot into single-user mode.
  8. Access the system with the command: chroot /sysroot.
  9. The system will boot, and you will see the root prompt.
  10. Run passwd to change the root password.
  11. Run touch /.autorelabel to force file system relabeling.
  12. Run exit.
  13. Run logout.
  14. Run reboot to reboot the server.

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