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Joomla: How to Reset Super Admin Password

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The easiest and most straightforward way to reset your Joomla password is to use the back-end User Manager. Login to your Joomla site as a member of the Super Administrator group, and then reset your password in the User Manager. If you don’t have access to a member of the Super Admin group, you’ll need to go into your database and manually replace the password of the Super Administrator. Joomla passwords are encoded with a one-way “salted” MD5 hash, which means you can’t recover the password, you can only replace it.

Before we begin, you must have access to your database. If you don’t, pass these instructions on to someone who does. It’s also a good idea to backup your database before making changes, just in case something goes awry.

How to Login to Joomla Backend

First things first. To login to the backend of your Joomla site, browse to example.com/administrator, replacing “example.com” with your website URL. If you are unable to login, or unable to reset your password using the “forgot my password” link, try the steps below to reset your Joomla admin password.

Joomla 1.6+

If you are using Joomla version 1.6 or later, follow these instructions to reset your lost password.

Configuration File Method

If you have access to your Joomla configuration file (configuration.php), you can use the following method to reset your password:

  1. FTP into your Joomla installation, locate the configuration.php file, and change its permissions (chmod) from 444 to 644.
  2. Download the configuration file, open it, and using a text editor (such as Notepad in Windows. Don’t use a word processor – these will insert code into the configuration file that may break it) add the following line to the bottom of the file: public $root_user = ‘username’;
  3. Make sure the ‘username’ is a username that already exists and has Author level or higher (preferably administrator) access.
  4. Save the changes you made to the configuration.php file and re-upload it to your site.
  5. You’ve created a temporary Super Administrator that you can use to login to the back-end and either change the Super Admin pw or create a new Super Admin user. Consider blocking or deleting the older user if you create a new one, for security purposes (ie. if the old one had their password hacked).
  6. As a last step, you want to make sure the line we added to the configuration.php file is removed. You can do this manually or check the “click here to try to do it automatically” link in the alert box that appears.
  7. Once the line is removed, restore the permissions of the configuration.php file back to 444. This is an important security measure protecting access to this important configuration file.

If you don’t know any users that are Author level or higher, you may need to access your database directly using the methods below to reset your Joomla password.

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Database method

Finding the Password

  • Log in to your Joomla database (via phpMyAdmin for example)
  • Click to edit the _users database (will be preceded by your account name, for example: example_users)
  • Edit the entry for where usertype = “Super Administrator” (should be the first record)

Resetting the Password

In the password field you’ll notice a string of characters. Joomla uses a one-way encoding method, which means you won’t be able to retrieve your old password. However, you will be able to reset the password to a new one using mySQL’s built-in MD5 function:

UPDATE example_users SET password=MD5(‘new password’) WHERE usertype = “Super Administrator”;

Congrats! You just successfully reset your Joomla password. Go to your Joomla domain at example.com/administrator and try logging in with the new password. You should be logged in as Super Administrator.

Reset Using cPanel

For those not familiar with mySQL, you should also be able to login with cPanel, click on the “SQL” tab, and enter the above query there.

Copying the Password from Another User

An alternate method to reset your password, if you’re not comfortable with SQL commands, is to simply copy and paste the password hash from another user (to which you know the password) over to your admin user. You’ll then be able to login as the admin user using that password. If you don’t have another user, you should be able to register as one, and then copy the password over.

Applying the Email From Another User

Yet another alternate method to retrieving your lost Joomla admin password is to change your admin user’s email address to one you are familiar with. Then use the lost password retrieval function (the “forgot password” link in the login section) to have your Joomla password emailed to you.

Troubleshooting

Thanks to feedback from our web rockers we’ve been able to add various user based suggestions in addition to our own. Please use caution when trying these optional suggestions!

AlphaNumeric Only

If for some reason the above method does not work try encoding a password that contains only alphanumeric (a-z, 0-9) characters. This method may not work if your password contains special characters (@!#$).

Joomla User Plugin

Another possible reason that you’re unable to login is that you may have inadvertently deleted the Joomla User Plugin. You can remedy this by logging into you backend, and locating the jos_plugins table in your database. Edit this entry and set the published status of user joomla to 1 (enabled). Once you’ve done this, try logging in again.

Temporarily Remove PHP Authentication

This is another potential approach you can use to recover your Joomla admin password, but proceed with caution. Also note that this has only been tested in Joomla 1.5. Locate the file plugins/authentication/joomla.php, and change the line

if ( $crypt == $testcrypt) {

to

if ( $crypt == $testcrypt || $_SERVER[‘REMOTE_ADDR’] == “Your IP Address”) {

Replace “Your IP Address” with your IP address (your IP address is: ). Now anyone from your IP address (ie. your PC or local network) can login with any password. After logging in and changing your password, remember to restore the original code.

Can’t Login and No Errors

If you can’t login and Joomla is not giving you any error messages, it could be that your sessions directory doesn’t have the correct permissions. They should be set to 755 (you can login via FTP, find your sessions directory, and adjust the permissions (CHMOD)).

Invalid Session Error

If you’re getting an invalid session error when you try to login, you probably need to clear your browser and or site cache and cookies. Refer to our browser cache clearing instructions for details on clearing the cache your browser. For Joomla, you can clear the cache tables in your database (if you were able to login, you could browse to Tools > Clean Cache).

How to reset Joomla 1.5, Joomla 1.0 and earlier passwords

In each of these examples you’ll want to follow the above instructions, but then modify your SQL query to the following, which will reset your password to the one you specify.

UPDATE `jos_users` SET `password` = MD5( ‘new password’ ) WHERE `jos_users`.`username` = “admin”;

If this doesn’t work, try changing jos_users to mos_users.

How to Reset a User to Super Administrator

An alternate approach is to adjust the username, email, and password of the existing Super Administrator usertype so you can regain access to your website via an existing user. Here’s the steps to take:

  • Log in to your hosting account and browse to your domain name.
  • Click on “View Details” (varies depending on hosting provider)
  • Click on “cPanel”
  • Click on “phpMyAdmin” under the “Databases” section
  • Click on the name of your database in the left column (should be something besides the default “information_schema”).
  • Back up the database using the “export” function in the top menu just in case you inadvertently screw something up.
  • Scroll down and click on “[tablename]_users” (the name, not the icon) in the left column (tablename will be whatever your database name is).
  • Copy the username, email and password from your user to the “usertype” that is set to “Super Administrator” (this will allow you to login as Super Admin again; you’ll also need to change your old username (for example, to “Admin2”) so they don’t both have the same username.

When logging in now using the same credentials, your user should be back to Super Administrator and you should have access to all the backend admin functions.

Joomla: Evolution of a CMS

Joomla is one of the world’s premier open source CMS (Content Management System). It’s competitors include WordPress (which began as a blogging platform but has since grown into a full-fledged CMS thanks to all the plugins developers have created), Drupal, TypePad, and others. Drupal probably most closely resembles Joomla’s overall structure and functionality, although Drupal tends to be a lot more robust and powerful, while Joomla is known to be more user-friendly and attractive right out of the box.


About Alex Schenker
Alex bring a series of in-depth articles on search marketing and content management systems as well as troubleshooting tips to We Rock Your Web's collection. He is an avid tennis player, nature enthusiast, and hiker, and enjoys spending time with his wife, friends, and dogs, Bella and Lily.
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Pedro V.
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Hi. I have a serious problem. I had been out of the web design for a few years till I was tasked with building my condo’s site. I came across this “company” AssociationComm that supposedly “builds websites” for condos. I opened an account and was excited to work side-by-side with the designer. From the beginning I noticed problems with the company’s customer service: emails would not be answered, phone calls went to voice mail and were not returned, etc. I did research online and found out a number of violations with the BBB in Salt Lake City and with prior… Read more »
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Here I found a nice environment to get new ideas and views and then I have read the comments of this blog and these are really nice and I am glad to comment here.

ish
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I don’t have a username for phpadmin how to get one for my website?

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

You need to contact your hosting provider to get the username. This is usually setup when creating the database, but if your site’s already up and running it’s already been created.

Signe
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Signe
Hello. I am having a similar problem but only on my home computer. I try to log into the admin and repeatedly get the message “Username and Password do not match” I am able to log in on the computer at work, on my smart phone, on a friend’s computer just not on mine- which is where I need to in order to update content and photos. I did not build the Joomla site myslef. I am an artist who hired someone. He has reset my password for me and still I cannot login. I have tried Firefox, EI and… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

That’s a very strange situation Signe. Sometimes something as simple as clearing your cache can solve a problem like this. I’ve personally had this issue with signing into a site before and after I clear my cache it suddenly works. If this doesn’t help you please let me know and we’ll find another solution for you! Thanks for commenting.

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Thank you so much for this article. This site has some really amazing resources and I am glad I found it. When I get done here, I am going to do some more reading and see what other issues I can resolve around here on my own by following your advice. I am new to Joomla. I am not a very technical person. I know how to use my computer and I can usually navigate my way through new software, but when it come to things like this, I am very lost. I lost my password and I had no… Read more »
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You have no idea how much I appreciate articles like these. I had to reset my Joomla password and had no idea how to go about doing it. I had several people offer me advice, but nothing that they said to do worked when I tried it. I spent hours trying to figure out how to do it before I ended up here. I have the problem fixed now, thanks to the information you gave me here, which I tried with great success. But really, it should not be so difficult to do. Of course, if I had kept my… Read more »
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I am ever grateful to you for giving us all the information you presented here. I could not get into my Joomla until after I came in here and applied some of the things you offered here. Thanks for putting everything in such basic terms. It is frustrating enough not being able to get into your system without the added stress of trying to interpret the instructions on how to get into the system when you find them. I did want to mention that I did have to use all lowercase letters to create a new password. I tried several… Read more »
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Thank you so much for putting this information out there. I had no idea how to change my Joomla password. I did try everything but nothing I did worked and I was getting so frustrated that I was ready to give up on the whole thing. And the idea of calling someone to come do it for me was more than I really wanted to think about. IT services never come cheap, no matter how small the job is. I am glad you mentioned something about not being able to retrieve the password too. All this time I just thought… Read more »
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I find the whole issues of the alpha numeric characters to be something that really gets under my skin. We are supposed to be at the height of the technology era, but there are plenty of devices and programs still out there that cannot deal with the mixture of characters. Some of them can’t deal with capital letters either, which I find to be totally ridiculous. The thing that really irritates me the most about the whole issue is that some companies do not tell you about this until you have gotten to the point where you just want to… Read more »
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I noticed that you mentioned how you should always back up your database. I am on a roll with stressing things like that since I recently lost all of my information after not properly backing up my database. It’s so easy to overlook that one step and assume that the end result will be the one you want. The problem is that people can make mistakes while they are working on your computer or the computer can have a problem that you don’t know anything about until it is too late. This isn’t even the first time I’ve been through… Read more »
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So, I think a lot of people who read this might think that some of the information offered here is just common sense. And, I suppose if you’re well versed in technical things, it very well might be. But for those who don’t ever work with this kind of thing and just want to get done whatever they have to get done, this can be phenomenal information. I am one of those kind of people. I have a lot of skills, but speaking tech isn’t always one of them. This is some great step by step info here and is… Read more »
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I don’t even know how I would survive the Internet if it wasn’t for articles like these. I don’t use Joomla, but that could change as fast as everything else on the Internet changes. I would love to learn more about dumb things like this. I hate having to pay someone to figure out how to fix a simple problem like this. Even with the Blogger platform I have problems with coding and things like that. Heck, I was really impressed with myself when I could simply make a link that took you to a place further down on the… Read more »
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Using phpmyadmin, I reset the password using this SQL statement

update jos_users set password = md5(“password”) where username = “admin”;

The value of the password field in the jos_users table became 5f4dcc3b5aa765d61d8327deb882cf99

I could login using this value.

However when I entered Joomla using another super admin account and changed password of admin in user management to the same string “password”.

The value in the jos_users table became

1270a4c8bb19aacd1b5e307c9dd4cf33:ZfZ0jpWdrTrqAKnJyfVrBrvCcoBqynSG

The hashed pattern was much longer and I could also login using this value.

I noticed this value changed when I repeatedly perform the change password process inside Joomla.

Can anyone tell me why this happened?

We Rock Your Web
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We Rock Your Web

Your first hashed value is simply the password. The second one consists of a username and a password, in the form username:password.

a web rocker
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a web rocker

It’s in encrypted format. Change to md5 and then use.

Anonymous
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Joomla 1.5 and latest generates a random salt for each password. Your password in database will be like this: encryptedpassword:salt so u need to encrpyt your password with the salt and replace it in your database I have successfully done it before. So this is a few steps how i recover my password: 1. go to phpMyAdmin and find table name=’jos_users’ 2. browse and click edit button for user name=’Administrator’ 3. the password field will be=(encryptedpassword):(salt) 4. copy (salt) and you need it to generate encrypted password 5. make new php file and paste this code into it: 6. then… Read more »
Anonymous
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I am having trouble getting this changing of the administrator password to work and get error messages. I have copied and pasted your whole string and tried the password various ways. I have cut some words off to see if that would do it, but did not get it. Here’s the last attempt:

SET password=MD5(slowcow) WHERE usertype = “Super Administrator”

What exactly would you type in if you are trying to use “example” as a password. ( I will change later)

Anonymous
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Hi Folks, First of all thanks for your effort in letting us know how we might be able to reset the admin password. However, I can’t get it to work. Basically I tried all the tricks and tips you’ve given but have not had any success so far. Here is what I did: First I tried the UPDATE `jos_users` SET `password` = MD5( ‘new password’ ) WHERE `jos_users`.`username` = “admin”; command, as I am running the latest 1.5 version of Joomla. After that I tried this one: if ( $crypt == $testcrypt) { so that it reads: if ( true… Read more »
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After beating my head against the screen and mouthing insanities about phpMyAdmin passwords that I couldn’t remember I found this (on this very page): Submitted by a visitor from afar on Fri, 2007-08-31 08:09. By temporarily removing the authentication in PHP, you can let anyone login. So, in Joomla 1.5 RC, you can go to plugins/authentication/joomla.php and modify the line: if ( $crypt == $testcrypt) { so that it reads: if ( true /* $crypt == $testcrypt */ ) { Now everyone can login with any password. Change your password to something that you can remember. Do not forget to… Read more »
Anonymous
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It is better to replace:

if ( $crypt == $testcrypt) {

if ( $crypt == $testcrypt || $_SERVER[‘REMOTE_ADDR’] == “your ip address”) {

Only the people with that IP can login to your system.

Anonymous
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Super Jack… Very helpful

Johan

Anonymous
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Hello Jack, I tried to follow your steps and did exactly what you have mentioned but still it’s not working. This is the code I used: if ( true /* $crypt == $testcrypt */ ) { $user = JUser::getInstance($result->id); // Bring this in line with the rest of the system $response->email = $user->email; $response->fullname = $user->name; $response->status = JAUTHENTICATE_STATUS_SUCCESS; $response->error_message = ”; } else { $response->status = JAUTHENTICATE_STATUS_FAILURE; $response->error_message = ‘Invalid password’; } 2nd Solution: I changed the password from jos_user and tried to login as the administrator, but even this did not work. 3rd Solution: I went through user_plugin… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous

This solution worked for me after trying many of the mentioned tricks.

Thanks a lot.

Knoble

Anonymous
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Helped me a lot.

Thanks.

Anonymous
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By temporarily removing the authentication in PHP, you can let anyone login. So, in Joomla 1.5 RC, you can go to plugins/authentication/joomla.php and modify the line:

if ( $crypt == $testcrypt) {

so that it reads:

if ( true /* $crypt == $testcrypt */ ) {

Now everyone can login with any password. Change your password to something that you can remember. Do not forget to put the original authentication code back in.

Jack

Anonymous
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You rule, buddy.

Anonymous
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Jack, YOU ARE THE MAAAAAANNNN!!! (maybe God?)…:) worked like a charm!..what a guy. thanks a lot for saving my bacon. bims

Anonymous
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OMG OMG OMG

after hours of searching and trying nothing worked

till I read Jacks one woot thanks heaps 🙂

HUG HUG HUG

…………

Anonymous
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I was tearing my hair out! Was following the Joomla tutorial and couldn’t get past the phpMyAdmin or MySQL Administrator passwords so I was well and truly stuffed here. Had all the files on Localhost because the site is not live yet so was able to easily find and edit the correct line. You saved my bacon!!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Thank you Jack. That is a real help, you saved me a lot of stress!

Anonymous
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Thank you, the first approach didn’t work for me.

If you want check out our joomla website – we’re currently working on updating the site and since my developer is as slow as a snail I’m trying to learn how to develop my own site.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

This was an invaluable piece of information and worked like a charm. Thanks for this!!!

Anonymous
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Hi Jack,

I have joomla 1.0.15 installed, and am unable to reset the password (MD5 from phpMyAdmin…).

I wanted to ask you if you know of a “different approach” which would also apply to my version of Joomla, as opposed to 1.5?

Thanks

Michael

Anonymous
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I found a solution for 1.0.15

search in administrator/index.php and find the line (approx. 105)

if (strcmp( $hash, $cryptpass ) || !$acl->acl_check( ‘administration’, ‘login’, ‘users’, $my->usertype ) )

and change it to:

if ( false /* strcmp( $hash, $cryptpass ) || !$acl->acl_check( ‘administration’, ‘login’, ‘users’, $my->usertype )*/ )

now you can login and generate a new user or set your password in the backend.

all other versions of creating new passwd with or without salt didn’t work in Joomla 1.0.15

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Thank you, JACK!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Many thanks Jack,

Saved me lot of trouble!

Regards,
Marcel

Anonymous
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Thank you for the useful info. I regained my access to the admin section now!!!

May I add that once you get to see your password in the _users , you should again use MD5er.com to decode it, because it is encoded there.

Cheers,
Nik

saman
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I have a new job and my job is to work on my organization’s website. However, no one in the office knows the super admin password because the person who set the account up is no longer around. The only information they do have is how to login to the front door not the back door. I have absolutely no idea how to retrieve the super admin password. I have the username and password but no other information. I think he worked on the website in a different office so my office computer didn’t have joomla installed on it or… Read more »
We Rock Your Web
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We Rock Your Web

First off, when you say you have the username and pw, which username and pw do you have? (I’m assuming not the one for Super Admin 😉

The article above illustrates several different methods to restore your super admin password. You’ll most likely need to access your Joomla database on the backend. Do you have the access credentials necessary to get there (ie. via cPanel)?

Anonymous
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Anonymous
I think if I tried to count all the different sites and accounts that I have to remember passwords for it kind of makes my brain go numb. Just for my job I think I have about five or six that I have to use on a regular basis. I pretty much have to reset one of them a month because each account has a different requirement for passwords that I have to adhere to. These requirements always seem to get more complex too, requiring a certain amount of characters, using certain types of characters, and not allowing certain strings… Read more »
Roy
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Hello friends,

I have this problem of can’t login and no error message. I have reset my admin password, created new admin and still can’t login.

I also to use the adjusting the permissions of sessions directory, but not find any sessions directory in my account.

I run Joomla 2.5.

Hope to hear from you again.

Thank you.

Roy!

Bhesh Thapa
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Bhesh Thapa

Your webpage may already be hacked. Please use firebug to check for any inconsistencies between your fresh Joomla file and your webpage.

My webpage also had some hidden Javascript and iframe which caused the same problems as yours.

rick
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rick
Reading these posts, I am getting the feeling my site may have been hacked. I am a novice and use joomla because it is easy to use. When logging into my admin panel, i get the message “You do not have access to the administrator section of this site”. I have been into cpanel users and can see that I am still a super administrator. When i use an incorrect password i get the message “username and password do not match”. I changed my password and still get the message “You do not have access to the administrator section of… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous

I have lost my super administrator password in Joomla.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Awesome – I was able to retrieve my Joomla administrator password and an now back in my website! Thank you thank you thank you. The only thing I can think of that would make this article more useful would be to organize it by Joomla versions, and have a quick overview of the most effective method to retrieve or reset the administrator pw.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
I must confess that I am not a Joomla user, so this article may not have really been targeted to me specifically. However, I am a website owner and developer. Therefore, I am a little familiar with what Joomla is and understand a bit about what the author is trying to accomplish here. Essentially, there are a number of different ways and things that can be done if you need to reset your administrator password. For the uninitiated, this super admin password is the big daddy of them all. This is the one that grants access to everything on your… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
There are several additional easy ways to change or reset a password in Joomla. This platform is actually pretty easy to get into and work with. This was one of the biggest surprises for me personally. I began to design and build web pages and sites in the era where coding was regarding as the standard requirement. Everyone who was worth anything (in terms of web design skills) needed to know how to code. Also, this was during the days when it was hard coding. We literally spent days pouring over books learning the commands to do even the most… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
As the author correctly points out, one of the most frustrating things that can happen to a website owner is either being locked out of their own site or database system, or not knowing how to reset a password. This article is a very thorough guide to doing just that- resetting your super admin password within your Joomla content management system. The super admin password is the main daddy. This is what gives you access to everything in the account. If this were to become lost then most people would have a heck of a time trying to get back… Read more »
a web rocker
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a web rocker

totally not helpful, no database entry exists as described or any other username appears in _users – also the configuration.php method does not even explain what password to use once the file has been modified. Waste of even more time now.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
Joomla is one of the coolest content management platforms online. However, it is not quite as well known as others, like Word Press. Nevertheless, Joomla has a lot of great features that make it an attractive option. Many people are drawn to the fact that it is free and open source. Therefore, nothing about it is proprietary. Many people who manage content online really hate the fact that many of their tools actually tie them to a particular vendor. Joomla does not. Also, Joomla is pretty easy to learn. There are all kinds of resources and helps available. Better yet,… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous

I cannot login to my control panel for my joomla site. My domain is mattmarcone.ca and i cannot figure out how to reset the password. Please help.

Simone
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Simone

Hello, I changed the access level administrator and now when I make a login I do not see the menu, can anyone help me? I am using joomla 2.5.

Thanks, Simone

Anonymous
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Anonymous
The program itself was designed to be incredibly versatile. This has most certainly been accomplished. You can use this model to publish all kinds of content on the internet and additional intranets. There is even a web application framework which can be used independently. The program itself is written in the PHP programming language and uses object oriented programming techniques. Judging by the number of downloads this is an incredibly popular format. According to Wikipedia, as of March 2012, there have been over 30 million downloads. The community also keeps track of extensions which have been created for the program.… Read more »
siddarth
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siddarth

Indeed very helpful. Sounds good in case when you have to recover your lost password. These codes will definitely save lots of time which is taken, trying to deal with the password verification process.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
Joomla is one of the most exciting content management systems on the market today. What makes this really interesting is the fact that it is open source. This means that anyone who has the technical ability and the desire is able to take the actual source code and modify it. This allows for an almost infinite number of application, hacks, additions and tricks. Even a task as seemingly simple as changing or resetting a password is a great example of the flexibility and power of an open source system as opposed to something which is totally controlled by a company… Read more »
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Login as Administrator means you have all the rights to do any thing in the windows without any restrictions.Let us suppose you are logged in as a guest user that means having low privilages and in your guest user these privileges are defined/set by the administrator and you may not be able to delete, install or download any thing without your administrator permission. If you install or delete some thing it may ask you for the administrator password to do so. some times while working on Excel or Word due to some problem your file or backup files get crashed… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous

If you have access to the Linux server you can directly change the pw using Grub or the Linux boot CD.

Paul
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Paul

Hi Everybody,

To prevent confusion: the previous comment by “a web rocker” does not apply to Joomla, so ignore that one.

What is being described is (part of) the process to change the password of a linux-user. These have nothing in common, and are totally separate.

Regards, Paul

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Well this isn’t my Joomla problem right now but I’ve come across this page in the hunt for a solution to my problem (I have a building supplies site and Joomla freezing up on a certain page). I’m pretty sure I’m going to need help with this situation at some point so I am bookmarking this because if I need to reset the admin password I can jump straight to this.

Anonymous
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I successfully changed admin password from the Joomla 1.0 backend, but I have not managed to login back in again. I get the error “Invalid session”! Any help please?

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I can’t do anything since I used Joomla on my son’s computer. For some reason it works on my login password for my computer. How do I delete both. Because then I will reset them.

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Anonymous

thanks a huge lot!

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Symptom: Entered correct username/password – Login page just kept re-displaying – no error messages, nothing.

Cause: I had put a rewrite statement in my .htaccess file to redirect mydomain.co.uk/index.php to mydomain.co.uk – this statement was causing my mydomain.co.uk/administrator/index.php to get redirected to mydomain.co.uk/administrator so it never ran administrator/index.php to do the logon

Solution: First removed to prove this was the problem, then recoded the rewrite statement in my .htaccess

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We Rock Your Web

Very interesting, wouldn’t have thought to check rewrite statements. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience and solution with our readers. Hopefully someone else will benefit from your knowledge.

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I successfully changed my super administrator password in Joomla two days ago, but now when I edit my text in Joomla such text does not reflect on my site. Please help!

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I cannot reset the admin password by following these steps. Maybe I am doing something wrong? Can you help please?

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We Rock Your Web

Can you describe what you’ve tried and where you’re getting stuck/ what’s not working? Then I can help troubleshoot your problem.

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Wow! It worked! A huge huge thank you!!!!

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I had forgotten how to reset my Joomla password. Thanks for the reminder!

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Great article, it helped me a lot. After temporarily removing PHP authentication I managed to login to the backend successfully and I changed the password correctly. But, after I had restored the original code and then logged in again I received the message “Username and password do not match.”

I tried all the options mentioned above but I just can’t find a solution ;(

Any help is appreciated and many thanks in advance!

Cheers,

Adi

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Another possible cause of being locked out can be if the Authentication – Joomla plugin is deactivated (unpublished). This produces the same error message as wrong uid/pwd.

In this case the problem can be fixed in the …_plugins table, setting published=1 where name is ‘Authentication – Joomla’.

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Web Rocker

Excellent advice, thanks for sharing this with our readers 🙂

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I had a similar problem but solved it in very simple steps:

* Get a new password in plain text (please don’t forget it).
* Use an MD5 password converter to encrypt it.
* In PHPMyAdmin (described above) replace the string of characters with your new encrypted password (ie. edit it then save it).
* Go back to the Joomla site and login with your new password.

It worked for me!!!

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Anonymous

Hello,

My name is Matt, and recently I bought a site from a client who is not answering to me.

My problem is that I don’t know the way to login to my admin, for example : http://www.example.com\administrator – but when I type this it’s says “page not found.” And I have to add something to the site asap.

I have my Cpanel login details, but honestly I don’t know how to find the admin details.

Thx!!

Web Rocker
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Web Rocker

Hi Matt,

Is your website running Joomla? Try getting in touch with your hosting provider and see if they can give you access. If not, contact us and we’ll try and help you troubleshoot.

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I lost the password to my admin account in Joomla 1.5. Can you help me? My host is http://**. Password: **. User: **. Website: **.com.

Web Rocker
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Web Rocker

Try using the methods above to recover your Joomla password/ regain access. And please, don’t post your login details in the comment section where everyone can see them.

Good luck – let us know how it goes!

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Anonymous

Simple UPDATE … SET password=MD5(‘yourpassword’) doesn’t work ?

MySQL has MD5 built in function.

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