How to Use the Command Line to Reset User Passwords

This tutorial will illustrate how to use the command line to reset user passwords. There may be situations when you need to change the password via SSH.

Note: Changing a user’s password is typically preferable to be done using the cPanel interface since it helps you create a strong password or generate one that complies with the strength criteria.

Follow the procedure:

  1. Using the command line, you can update the user’s passwords by using the “passwd” command and simply specifying the user whose password you want to change.
    passwd $USER
  2. When you change a user’s password, the passwords for any associated services, including MySQL, FTP, Mail, PostgreSQL, and System, are also updated.
  3. Let us take an example:
    [[email protected] ~]$ passwd cpuser
    Changing password for the user “cpuser” …
    Changing password for “cpuser”.
    New UNIX password:
    Retype new UNIX password:
    passwd: The system has successfully updated all authentication tokens.
    The system has updated the passwords for the following services: MySQL, ftp, mail, postgresql, system

This way the passwords can be reset using the command line. For more information regularly visit our KB section. It will help you a lot. Also, you can contact our support team for any issues.