Changing Your Password in Linux

As a Linux user, the command line is an essential tool for managing your system. One common task is changing your password. Here’s a concise guide on updating your password directly from the command line.

Step 1: Open the Terminal

To start, access the terminal by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on most Linux distributions or search for “Terminal” or “Konsole” in your system’s application menu.

Step 2: Change the Password

Enter the following command in the terminal:


The system will prompt you for your current password. Type it in and press Enter. Remember, your input won’t be visible for security reasons.

Next, you’ll be prompted to enter a new password. Type your desired password and press Enter. Again, your input won’t be visible. You’ll need to retype the new password to confirm it, and press Enter once more.

If the new password meets the system’s requirements, you’ll see a confirmation message:

passwd: password updated successfully

Congratulations! You’ve successfully changed your password in the Linux command line. Remember to use a strong, unique password and update it periodically to maintain security.


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