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Feb 17, 2011

How to Reset Password for Joomla?

"I messed up, I forgot my Joomla password!" - my friend just screamed as he can't log in in his joomla based website administrator's page because he can't remember administrator's password.

If you happen to be just like my old friend, you have to know the method of resetting the password for joomla. Because passwords are stored using a one-way "salted" MD5 hash which prevents recovering the password, you cannot recover an existing password, but you can reset it to a new password by editing the password field in the database.

Steps:

1. Use phpMyAdmin or MySQL Query Browser to access the database.

2. Open database and select the table, jos_users. ("jos_" is the default table prefix)

3. Select the record (or table row) for your administrator account (The first admin account, created by default, has an id of 62).

4. Copy and paste a known MD5 hash, such as one of the samples provided with this FAQ, into the password field. Warning: You must paste the password's hash value, not the password itself. You can use any of the following password = hash pairs, or create your own using one of the tools listed below.

password = "MD5 hash of password"
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admin = 21232f297a57a5a743894a0e4a801fc3
secret = 5ebe2294ecd0e0f08eab7690d2a6ee69
OU812 = 7441de5382cf4fecbaa9a8c538e76783

5. Save the record.

6. Point your browser to your site and log as the administrator using your new password.

7. Once logged in, Joomla will convert your md5 hash to a salted md5 hash, but you should change the password again to one that only you know.

Using phpMyAdmin built-in 'PASSWORD' function for new passwords

1. Use a MySQL utility such as phpMyAdmin with MySQL 5.0.1 (or newer).

2. Open the correct database and select the table, jos_users . (Change default table prefix, 'jos_' to your table prefix if it is different.)

3. Select the record (or table row) for your administrator account (The first admin account, created by default, has an id of 62).

4. Click on 'Edit Record'.

5. To the right of the 'password' field, select the drop-down "function" of "PASSWORD".


6. Enter new password in the 'data' field.


7. Save the record.


8. Point your browser to your site and log as the administrator using your new password.


9. Once logged in, Joomla will convert your md5 hash to a salted md5 hash, but you should change the password again to one that only you know.

 

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