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Change Administrator User Password on macOS

This article will guide you through importing a Fileset that will give you the ability to change the Administrator password on macOS devices.


  • FileWave Admin
  • macOS Client

Steps to Deploy:

  • Download and Import the Fileset

  • Edit Environment Variables

    • This Fileset uses Environment Variables to determine the Admin username, current password, and new password. You need to edit these variables to add your Admin account information and new password.
    • To do this, double-click on the Fileset to open it.
  • Navigate to the Script

    • Hold the Option key (macOS) or Alt key (Windows) to expand the full directory (as shown below).
    • Select the script and click ‘Get Info’.

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  • Update Environment Variables
    • Under the ‘Executable’ tab, you’ll find the Environment Variables.
    • Edit the variables to include the Admin username, current password, and new password.
    • Click 'Apply' to save the changes.

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  • Test your deployment
    • Finally, deploy the Fileset to a test device with this Admin account and update the model.
    • Verify the new password works after deployment.

Tested on macOS Ventura and Sonoma (macOS 13+). The script should reflect a proper success or failure in Fileset Status if the AdminPassword or AdminUsername value is incorrect.