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Raspberry Pi Debian Administrator (root) Password for LXDE

When trying to re-partition my SD card I fired up GParted from the LXDE menu and it asked me for the admin password. I assumed that it would be the same password that I used to login to the system when it booted; raspberry. No joy!

Assuming that it wants the root password, here’s how to change it:

  • Press Ctrl + Alt + F3 to get a new console (Press Ctrl + Alt + F2 to get back to LXDE)
  • Type: sudo passwd root
  • It will ask for YOUR (you’re currently logged in as pi) password, so give it raspberry
  • Then it asks for the new password (this is for root) twice, so put this in.

As soon as you’ve done this you can switch back to LXDE (Ctrl + Alt + F2, remember?) and enter the password you just created.

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4 Responses

  1. Nick

    Ran into this problem, too. Thanks for the help from a total noob.

  2. jord83uk

    Good work! cheers

  3. frame45

    This happened with mine to. I had to run:

    su pi
    (use raspberry) and then run

    sudo passwd root
    (then give it new UNIX: password)

  4. Jamie Tullishan

    Thank you so much im a complete noob so this was extremly helpfull

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