Reset the Root Password on your Linode

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This Quick Answer will show you how to reset the root password for the Linux distribution running on your Linode.

  1. Click the Linodes link in the sidebar.
  2. Select a Linode by clicking its label. The Linode’s details page appears.
  3. Click Power Off at the top of the details page to turn off your Linode if it is powered on. Ensure the Linode displays its status as “OFFLINE” before proceeding.
  4. Click the Settings tab underneath the detail page Summary.
  5. Under the Reset Root Password panel, select your primary disk from the Disk menu.
  6. Enter a new password for the root user in the Password field.
  7. Click Save. The Linode’s dashboard appears.
  8. Click Power On to turn on your Linode.

Now you can use the new root user password to log in to your Linode. See Connecting to Your Linode via SSH for more information about connecting. If you are unable to connect with the root credentials via SSH, try connecting with Lish instead. If you are able to connect via Lish but not SSH, you may need to troubleshoot your SSH configuration and firewall rules.

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