Break Mac password

The following instruction will change any user’s password under Mac OS X. I usually need this when working on the clients’ mac machine and don’t know the password. Remember to tell them what is their new password. I usually put the password as hint if in case I forget to tell them.

Right after the startup sound press the following buttons:


/sbin/fsck -fy
/sbin/mount -uw /
launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/
launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ (Mac OS X 10.8 and higher)
dscl . -passwd /Users/whitsongordon newpassword