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How to Reset Forgotten Password of Kali Linux

In this post, I’ll show how to reset forgotten password of Kali Linux. The Kali Linux is an advanced Linux distribution penetration operating system which is used to penetrate and test intrusion, ethical hacking, and network security assessment. One of the most benefits of Kali Linux is that Kali Linux is pre-installed with more than 600 penetration testing programs. The Kali Linux is a perfect tool for students, developers, testing apps, programs, and more.

If you’ve installed Kali Linux on VMware or VirtualBox or instead of Windows, you might have lost your password. While password is the key to an operating system, without password, it isn’t possible to enter it except resetting the password. If you forget your passwords frequently, it is wise to use a good password manager. That time, you can’t do anything and also can’t open your File and documents. No worries, we’ll fix everything and we’ll show how to do it with the steps below. If you’ve forgotten or lost password of Kali Linux, you will be unable to log in to your account there, here’s how to reset forgotten password of Kali Linux.

How to Reset Forgotten Password of Kali Linux

What is the wheel group in Linux

A system parameter that provides special system privileges allow the user to execute commands for official use that other users cannot access. The term is derived from the slang term for the big wheel (literally “big wheel”), which refers to a person with a lot of power or influence. It was first used in this field due to the TENEX operating system, later distributed in the 1960s and early 1970s as the TOPS-20.

Modern Unix systems typically use user groups as security protocols to manage access rights. The Wheel Group is a special group of users that is utilized in some Unix systems to control access to the sudo command, which allows the user to become another user (usually a superuser).

What is single-user mode in Unix

Single-user mode is a mode in which a multi-user computer loads the operating system into a single superuser. This mode is primarily used for multi-user environments such as network server service. Some tasks may require special access to shared resources.

First, switch on the Kali Linux in VMware or VirtualBox or anywhere else and enter your password.

Kali Linux Password

Once this message appears, press Restart.


Now press E to edit the commands.

Press E To Edit The Commands

Next, head down with keyboard and when you find this, change the “ro” here to “rw”

Change Command

At the end of the line add the following command: “init=bin/bash” and when it’s done, press F10 to save and restart.

Add Command

When the system reboot, on this screen, enter “passwd root” and hit Enter. Next, enter a new password. Actually, it won’t show up but in actual it does type so when you’re done hit Enter, and then retype the new password and hit Enter. It will be all set.

How to Reset Forgotten Password of Kali Linux

Now head over to the file menu to Machine > Reset (Host + R) and select Reset. However, Kali Linux on VMware or dual boot or Kali Linux installed instead of Windows, you’ll simply need to reboot. No need to reset or do anything more.

Reset Machine

When the pop up appeared, click on Reset.

How to Reset Forgotten Password of Kali Linux

It will reboot and try to reset everything up. Once it’s up, it will automatically start up within 5 sec.

How to Reset Forgotten Password of Kali Linux

When the machine rebooted, you’ll be on the login screen, so type the default root as username and password both. It will work.

How to Reset Forgotten Password of Kali Linux

The password has been reset now and there should be no problem. Once you’re in the desktop window, you can change the username and password from there and that will be all done.

The instructions will end now and there no more steps to do. If there’s some questions or would like to make some nice suggestions, we’re happy to deal with.

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