How to Enable/Disable Root User on Mac

In Unix style operating systems Root is a special user, different than administrator who has high privileges and rights to make any type of change to the system. The Root user doesn’t appear in user accounts on Mac. By default Root user is disabled and this is recommended that  after conducting the required change through Root, disable and logout from it and work on Mac system via regular or admin user accounts.

Here is the method written bellow to learn that how to enable or disable the root user on Mac, so follow the steps to do that after a jump.

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How to Enable the Root on Mac

Step 1

Click on Finder


Then click Go menu and click Utilities


Step 2

Click on Directory Utility


On the following window click on lock to unlock it


On this pop-up screen, enter administrator name and password and click OK


Now, its unlocked to proceed further


Step 3

Click on Edit menu option and then on Enable Root User


Enter Root password whatever you want and re-type in Verify text field and press OK


Step 4

Now, the Root is enabled. Logout from your current user account and Login with the user name Other, that’s the Root so enter the Root in Name field and password which you’ve set in the above steps for root to get login. Make your required changes in system whatever you want.

How to Disable the Root

Step 1

Just logout from Root and Login to the other Admin account. Then Click on Finder >> Utilities folder >> Directory Utility. The following screen will appear, so click on lock to prevent further changes


Now click Edit menu option, you’ll see the Root is disabled


13 comments… add one
Dilin September 22, 2009, 12:06 pm

I new bought Mac and not familiar a lot with that and this is a completely new info for me that mac has a root user. thanks for sharing this process to enable root user on mac.

lilik September 30, 2009, 2:26 pm

thank you for this!

Nono October 2, 2009, 4:13 am

Very different idea of root on mac

mase October 3, 2009, 7:29 pm

Never used the root user account

Niya October 17, 2009, 3:01 pm

thanks for describing Root on Mac for new users

Gustaf Juell October 26, 2009, 10:46 am

I’m also new mac user and this is new idea for me about root on mac

80's Mac October 28, 2009, 5:41 pm

like mac’s root user windows 7 also has hidden admin

jonson November 12, 2009, 5:51 am

nice mac tricks

Anders December 7, 2009, 7:31 am

Mac is much complex for Windows users anyway your articles work well for us

Sandliya December 25, 2009, 4:33 pm

Thanks for helping me in enabling root in Mac..

Krisstofeles February 19, 2012, 2:55 am

If I reset the root user, will the password for said user be reseted as well?

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