Reset root password on OPNSense with ZFS root

A lot of the guides for resetting the root password on an OPNSense box assume a UFS root partition. The password recovery steps do not work if you installed OPNSense with a ZFS root partition. If you try to follow the steps you get a lovely error about “unrecognized filesystem”

The process for ZFS (thanks to this article) is instead to run the following commands:

zfs set readonly=off zroot
zfs mount -a

Once that is done, you can proceed with the rest of the steps. Password recovery steps in full:

  1. Press the number 2 immediately on boot to go into single user mode
  2. Press enter when prompted for shell
  3. Make ZFS read/write:
    1. zfs set readonly=off zroot
    2. zfs mount -a
  4. Reset password
    1. opnsense-shell password
  5. Reboot

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