Root user in Mac OS X is special user, different than administrator and has high privileges and rights to make any type of change to the system. If you forgot the password of Mac OS X Root user, see how to recover Root password using different methods in Mac OS X. In this guide you will see how to reset OS X root user password using Terminal app or with the help of OS X boot DVD disc.
How to Enable/Disable Root User on Mac
Reset root password on Mac with Terminal
- Go to Finder
- Navigate to Applications > Utilities and launch Terminal
- Copy and paste the following command in Terminal and hit Enter
sudo passwd root
It asks for your password so enter the password of your current login and press Enter
- Now it asks to enter a New password for Root user, type new password and hit Enter
- Retype Root password and press Enter
- The Root password has been changed
Reset root user password with installation CD
Use installation CD of Mac OS X to boot your Mac and through Reset Password option set a new password for Root.