I have an encrypted .sparseimage, and can't change password. Don't see any option in Disk Utility. Is it possible and how to change password of the .sparseimage encrypted image on El Capitan?

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Option 1: Disk Utility

In Disk Utility: select the image in the sidebar, then FileChange Password...

(You must unmount the image before you can reset it).

Option 2: Terminal

In Terminal:

hdiutil chpass <image>

More info: man hdiutil

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    In the current version of OS X, Disk Utility doesn't seem to allow resetting passwords on a sparsebundle image, so you'll need to use the hdiutil chpass method. Apr 18, 2016 at 8:03
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    Option 2 is the way to go for High Sierra too, even with an APFS encrypted disk or disk image.
    – i-CONICA
    Apr 19, 2018 at 20:54

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