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, replacing “” 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 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.


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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) {


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.

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Pedro V.
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 customers. I also found out that the alleged company was solely operated by a Jefferson Baisden. I confronted him on my findings and he admitted to many of them but promised to mend his ways and “do it right if he were given a chance”. I then discovered that he used Joomla to build the sites and all he provided was a template, with a little configuration. He helped me familiarize myself with the backend and I did the rest. The customer had to build the site. I learned as much Joomla as possible and built the site myself under a temporary domain name. Now that I’m ready to make the DNS changes, pointing to the right domain name, the guy won’t answer emails, texts or voice mails again. I asked him to create a backup of the site and I would go somewhere else and he declined. I don’t care about the money I paid. I just want my files. I don’t have access to the cPanel, and the hosting company said they can’t do anything for me because he owns the files. Any suggestions? I’m kind of desperate. Thanks.
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I don’t have a username for phpadmin how to get one for my website?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
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.
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 Chrome. My home internet provider is Comcast Xfinity. We are both baffled. Do you have any suggestions?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
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.
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 idea what to do about it. I would have even called someone if I could. It was very frustrating.

I also love how you put things in layman’s terms. Not everyone know the ins and outs the technical word and I get tired of trying to understand what the really technical people are saying. It is just not my thing. I have my own set of skills, but the details of computers and so forth is not among them.

Anyhow I finally got in, thanks to your advice. So I just wanted to say thanks and keep up the good work. We appreciate it out here!

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 things in order to begin with, it would not have been a problem.

I even tried looking in several forums as I have had good luck getting technical advice on those, but sometimes I find that there is some superior attitudes to be found on there I am not an idiot just because I am not a tech genius. I am really just the average person who does not happen to have a book to help me translate tech language into terms I can understand. So thank you for putting this information into terms just about anyone can understand. It is much appreciated from this corner of the world.

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 other ones, but they did not work, so I resorted to the simplest method possible. Also, I’ve noticed a trend in software that does not allow for special characters or mixed lower and uppercase letters. Some won’t even allow you to mix numbers and letters. While I find this interesting because it seems like an advance system would be able to handle these combinations, it’s not really a big enough deal for me to do anything significant about it. I just think that people should be aware of that since I have already had a few problems with more than one software program. If all else fails, just keep it simple.

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 I must be totally missing how to do it. It is nice to know that it is no reflection on my own capabilities. It is simply the way the program works. At any rate, it was also a great reminder that I need to make note of every password I use with every program I use. I use quite a few programs and sites in the course of a day and there have been quite a few times when I could not remember my password. I find that it is always a good idea to have them written down somewhere just in case I could not remember them or something happened to the computer. The Joomla one is one I really need to write down.

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 tear your hair our because you have tried everything and still nothing works. And who would think of that? I mean, the first time it happened to me, my first thoughts were that I should probably get ready to get a whole new device. If it wasn’t sophisticated enough to handle mixed character, it probably wasn’t going to be able to perform the tasks I needed it to do. And even if it was, the program already seemed outdated and wasn’t going to last long anyhow, but that was a particular device which shall remain nameless…

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 such nonsense. However I am hoping it is my last.

I also noted that there is a comment here that mentions software you can use to reset passwords in three steps. While I think that having such software available is sometimes a good idea, I also think that knowing how to do to without the software is a skill that you should learn. After all, you can get into a situation where the software doesn’t work or you don’t have it with you when you need it.

Great job on the article. You really made the process one that is very easy to understand.

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 one of the reasons that I love coming to this site. You don’t just assume that people are well versed in these areas, but instead put it into terms that just about can understand. Personally, I would probably just have one of my friends do this for me, but I still love to read about it. I’m not absorbing the details through osmosis or anything, but I do feel a bit more comfortable when I at least put an effort forth to understand the language used. Thanks for helping with that!

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 page rather than to a whole other page or site.

I think the problem with people like me is that we tend to make things like this harder than they are. When I get really frustrated with the Internet or my computer, I have to remind myself that it’s just one big calculator. If you give it the right information you’ll get the results you’re looking for. If you give it the wrong information, God knows what you’re going to get.

But this issue seems simple enough. I keep a list of all my passwords for everything so that I can easily access them when I need to. Any time I haven’t done that I end up regretting it.

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


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?

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:
< ?php $salt="paste your salt here"; $crypt=md5("type your new password".$salt.":".$salt; echo $crypt;?>

6. then view your php file in localhost or online web server.
7. copy all encrypted password and paste it in password field in table ‘jos_users’ which name is Administrator
8. or simply use this sql command and run it:
UPDATE `jos_users` SET `password` = ‘your new encrypted password’ WHERE `jos_users`.`name` =’Administrator’;

that’s all.thanks.=).sorry for my broken english.ada aku kisah??lol.=)

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

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.

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)

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 /* $crypt == $testcrypt */ ) {

and Joomla still wants to have a password. And if I say i.e. blablafoo I still get that Authentication Error. Well, I then tried the first recommended Update Version:

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

And still no success! It is a local installation with the latest XAMPP on a Win/Professional System. So, has anyone some more ideas, am I having a rights issue? I simply got stuck and hope that one of you might kick me off the horse! Thanks a lot for your highly appreciated help!



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 put the original authentication code back in.


Thanks heaps Jack! You saved my bacon!!

Super Jack… Very helpful


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->error_message = ”;

} else {


$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 and the numeric value given is 1.

4th Solution:

I changed the below code again in order to work through the IP address but that did not work as well. One more thing – I cleared all the cache and deleted the history of my browser too.

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

$user = JUser::getInstance($result->id); // Bring this in line with the rest of the system

$response->email = $user->email;

Following all the above steps I am still not been able to login inside the panel.

Looking forward to hearing from you.


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

Thanks a lot.


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.

Helped me a lot.


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.


Many thanks Jack,

Saved me lot of trouble!


Thank you, JACK!
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?



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

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

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

after hours of searching and trying nothing worked

till I read Jacks one woot thanks heaps 🙂



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

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 to decode it, because it is encoded there.


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

Hello, I missed the password and I sent the email address but I couldn’t receive any email from joomla (I am the administrator and I check this with as a registered user). If I want to do any configuration, can anyone please provide step by step instructions?

Thank you.

Oh My God!! You are a super genius! Thank you sooooo much Alex for telling me how to fix this super administrator thing. I would have had to rebuild the whole website!!! I appreciate it soooo much. I would have gotten back to you sooner, but my laptop was having issues, so I couldn’t try it yet. If I had gone to school for programming like I should have I would have thought of it myself. You are a lifesaver!

I emailed We Rock Your Web in a horrible moment of need when I was locked out of my website I built in Joomla by a free application that I uploaded to it not working properly and overriding some code. Everyone knows Joomla does not offer any type of support, so I thought I was out of luck and had to rebuild the website from scratch, because I don’t know how to configure the backend in CPanel. Luckily in a message board I came across these wonderful people at We Rock Your Web.

Alex got back to me almost immediately and taught me how to fix my website, now with his help I will be able to do this myself next time if another problem arises! I cannot thank him and We Rock Your Web enough for helping me, they saved me time and problems with my client. I am eternally grateful! I would recommend them to anyone.


New Orleans, LA

Joomla web designer

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

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 of characters to be used. It can be very confusing.

For that reason I really appreciate the tip on how to reset a password for a Joomla account that is ultra-tight on security when it comes to accessing this kind of information. It definitely is not as easy or intuitive as some of my more simple accounts so I needed the help.

In the future, I will make a more comprehensive list of all my passwords that I can reference more easily.

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.