I'm new to Raspbian.

I started the GUI for the first time (following a fresh install) using the instructions found here: How to set my Raspberry Pi to boot into the GUI? and the command:

sudo apt-get install lightdm

I rebooted the machine, but the default login (pi) and password (raspberry) no longer work. I don't know of any other way to reset the password.

Other than re-flashing the Raspbian image to the SD card, how can I get out of this situation?


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Getting a terminal makes no difference. Also there you are ask for a username and a password. But you can reset the password if you can mount the ext4 root partition on another computer. Connect the SD Card with a card reader to a linux computer and mount the root partition to e.g. /mnt. Then edit





exact 4 colons are important.

Booting this in your RasPi you should be able to login without password: username pi, password just <enter>. If you want to do it on a terminal you can try the key combination <ctrl><alt><F1> when you are on the GUI. Most GUI switch with it to a terminal.

And yes, don't forget to give a new password.

  • Can you explain why my user and password are not working on the gui?
    – frepie
    Commented Sep 15, 2018 at 20:00
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    Any arbitrary password can be inserted into the /etc/shadow file if one uses the mkpasswd program to properly hash the password... mkpasswd -m sha-512 should produce a correctly hashed password. Commented Sep 15, 2018 at 20:39
  • @frepie No, I don't know why user an password are not working. I don't know what you have done. Normally with a fresh fläshed Raspbian you will boot into the GUI. There is no need to set it up with raspi-config and there is no need to install another display manager lightdm like you did.
    – Ingo
    Commented Sep 16, 2018 at 11:28

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