AEM 6 SP2 - Reset Administrator Password to admin offline


The default password for administrator user admin is admin. If the password was changed to something else, to reset it to admin without logging in...

Thanks to Yuval Ararat for the tip


1) Stop AEM 6 instance

2) Place the package in <AEM_Home>/crx-quickstart/install (create it, if there isn't one)

3) Start AEM 6 instance

4) Package should have installed. It contains /home/users/a/admin/.content.xml with rep:password set to text admin encrypted 

5) Login as admin/admin


  1. I tried this and worked without stopping the instance. Thanks Sreekanth

  2. Hi,

    I have tried this on AEM 6.2 with no luck...any help is appreciated.

    Please look into this

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    1. Can you please confirm if it works with AEM.6.2

  4. Hello,

    I tried this but get the following error in the log

    18.11.2016 11:43:54.461 *ERROR* [OsgiInstallerImpl] error during auto save - retrying after refresh...
    18.11.2016 11:43:54.473 *ERROR* [OsgiInstallerImpl] Error while committing changes. Aborting.
    18.11.2016 11:43:54.482 *ERROR* [OsgiInstallerImpl] org.apache.jackrabbit.vault.packaging.impl.ZipVaultPackage Error during install.
    javax.jcr.nodetype.ConstraintViolationException: OakConstraint0027: The admin user cannot be removed.
    at org.apache.jackrabbit.oak.api.CommitFailedException.asRepositoryException(
    at org.apache.jackrabbit.oak.api.CommitFailedException.asRepositoryException(
    at org.apache.jackrabbit.oak.jcr.delegate.SessionDelegate.newRepositoryException(

    What am i doing wrong?

    Stefan Goethals.

  5. For 6.2, you'll need to know the path to the admin user node in the instance you want to change.
    1. Create a package with the admin account with a known password.
    2. Download the package and update the node path and filter.xml to match the account on the target instance.
    3. Upload package to install folder and restart AEM.

    In error.log, you should see "content package installed"

    AEM may refuse to install package because of missing rep:token.key, if this occurs, just make sure you are not including .tokens under the admin node.