The private key of an owned Ethereum account is encrypted with a password and kept in a so-called key file. How can I change this password?

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    Depends on the client you are using, geth? – Afri Jun 20 '16 at 13:43
  • You cannot change it. Create a new account and transfer the fund from old account to new account. – yoregis Jun 20 '16 at 13:43
  • @5chdn I usually use geth / Mist, but can use any other tool if that helps. – Paweł Bylica Jun 20 '16 at 13:52
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    @yoregis You suggestion is very restrictive. What if your address has some privileges, assets or tokens assigned to it? – Paweł Bylica Jun 20 '16 at 13:52
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    yes, you're right. I will try this for geth, concerning updating an account github.com/ethereum/go-ethereum/wiki/… – yoregis Jun 20 '16 at 14:04

Simply use geth as indicated in the github wiki:

Account update

$ geth account update a94f5374fce5edbc8e2a8697c15331677e6ebf0b
Unlocking account a94f5374fce5edbc8e2a8697c15331677e6ebf0b | Attempt 1/3
Passphrase:
0xa94f5374fce5edbc8e2a8697c15331677e6ebf0b
Account 'a94f5374fce5edbc8e2a8697c15331677e6ebf0b' unlocked.
Please give a new password. Do not forget this password.
Passphrase:
Repeat Passphrase:
0xa94f5374fce5edbc8e2a8697c15331677e6ebf0b
  • If I forget the passphrase but I have the keystore file, is there any way to recover the passphrase? – Ramesh Pareek Apr 7 at 13:45
  • @RameshPareek non, sorry. – Nicolas Massart Apr 7 at 17:54

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