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How to change a forgotten password on a MAC

My memory isn’t as glorious as it once was, so this is more of a mental note for my future self. That is if I can remember that I wrote it here…

This will NOT tell you the current password or allow access to the keychain (without decryption). This creates a NEW password.

Let’s begin..

Power on the MAC and immediately press and hold both the CMD and the S Key. This will boot us into a terminal window.

Now type the following commands listed in BOLD:

mount -uw /

cd users

ls

passwd accountname

Now type in your new password, and then again to confirm.

reboot

Now login to the account you changed the password for with the new password.
You’ll get a warning about the keychain, if you need to recover any data from the keychain you should ignore it and DO NOT create a new one. You can decrypt the keychain if needed using keychain dumper and view it using DB Browser for SQlite.

Done! – Easy huh?