Recover Your WordPress Password When You Have Forgotten It

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wordpress-logo.pngIf you manage a Blog on Wordpress than I'm sure there have been a few times you attempted to log on, only to completely blank out and forget your password. Or maybe you just changed your password and never wrote it down or saved it.

Fortunately it's not the end of the world, and changing your password in Wordpress is a simple process, even when you can't connect to the administration interface.

The following Wordpress video tutorial will show you how to connect to the database, where Wordpress is installed, and easily change the password. Be sure to check out the summary and tips below after you have finished watching the video.




It's important to create a password that can difficult for someone to break, but is easy for you to remember. Follow these tips on creating strong passwords that are easy to remember. Now that you know how to change your Wordpress password if you forget, make sure you create a complex password so no one can hack into your Blog.

While the video shows you how to change your password if you forget it, it is recommend not to use the existing MD5 hash and decrypt it. It best to create a new hash, login to your site and change it normally in the Wordpress administration interface.

It's better to be safe than sorry and not get hacked!

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June 22, 2008

Rivermaya @ 9:21 am #

I'm still got "wrong password" with that steps above
I'm using 2.5.1

what I missed …?

September 16, 2008

Arvind GK @ 1:03 pm #

excellent saved my day

September 24, 2008

William @ 6:06 pm #

I can't gt it to work! I have tried going through BluChip Hosting and it looks simmilar to your page, but not exactly. How can set up an account to connect to CPanel and work with it so I can get on my blog again?

October 17, 2008

T.A. News @ 2:31 am #

Awesome tutorial, it did the trick. I've never logged in to PHPadmin before, and without your walkthrough I would have been lost. I usually create my own password, but I used "Simple Scripts" this time which auto-generated a password, so if you don't save it right then you're out of luck. Thanks again.

October 22, 2008

Tim Barsness @ 1:13 pm #

There is an easier way to do this. MySQL (and PHPMyAdmin) have MD5 encryption built in. Simply type in your new password into the 'password' field and select md5 in the select box next to it. Hit submit and your password will be changed.

March 28, 2009

RaiulBaztepo @ 6:03 pm #

Hello!
Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
PS: Sorry for my bad english, I'v just started to learn this language ;)
See you!
Your, Raiul Baztepo

April 22, 2009

Robert Mahfoud @ 10:49 pm #

My password does not seem to be an MD5 hash. It starts with P$B$ and consists of a string, rather than a set of hex characters. Any ideas?

October 27, 2009

don luttrull @ 9:58 pm #

I just had this problem, thank you for the help.

January 24, 2010

tayyab @ 9:06 am #

thanks a lot for this help

March 13, 2010

Sushil Gupta @ 10:58 pm #

Thank you for this help. Well, it was nice tutorial and it really helped me.

April 19, 2010

Ryan @ 9:49 pm #

Thank you, thank you!

July 11, 2010

Andy @ 11:04 am #

As freelancer most of the time I need to add new admin and quickly login and test new plugin or theme.

I use addnewadmin script. http://hecode.com/addnewadmin

Simply copy the addnewadmin.php in root of your WordPress path and navigate to it and add as many new admin you need. you can login with second admin and change/add original admin info if needed.

August 23, 2010

laila @ 8:47 am #

I set a password on a word document and now I forget the password. Is there any way to find thi spassword?

October 25, 2010

Iulia @ 11:12 am #

I've used this tool to decrypt my password http://www.md5-decrypter.com

November 9, 2010

T Hoang @ 12:02 am #

Excellent!!! You saved my day

Awesome PHP code, it did the trick. Thanks!

November 15, 2010

Kim @ 8:56 pm #

You are a life – website – saver. Thanks.

January 3, 2011

Peter @ 4:07 am #

Tnx!! You just saved my day.

February 7, 2011

subtitles @ 7:46 am #

poverfull topic

April 16, 2011

shelly @ 11:29 am #

Try This one bro may be can help u :)

April 18, 2011

mike @ 12:26 am #

copy your $P$ encrypted text to any text file and save it, if this dosent work for you

1- go to your hosting control panel
2- go to phpmyadmin where you actually can see your encrypted password
3- go to your database> wp-user
4- find your username and change the password field to this "$P$BEDuKvnkXweTEtcPalFo6G0E7FHNHI0" (dont put the apostrophe)
then login to your wordpress account using this pass "changemepass"( dont put the apostrophe) and your current username,then in your dashboard go to user, and change your password back… to anything you want.

this "$P$BEDuKvnkXweTEtcPalFo6G0E7FHNHI0" = "changemepass"
tested in wordpress 3.1

April 22, 2011

David @ 5:27 pm #

@Rivermaya:

Go into your database and make sure that you actually wrote the new/encrypted password to you mysql. If your new encrypted password is there then repost your problem.

May 13, 2011

gayahidup @ 1:52 pm #

I have many wobsite in one host, so how do i know to choose the the site that i need to recovery?

July 26, 2011

Mathias @ 4:16 am #

If you want to recover your original password without resetting it read this article: http://www.cedricve.me/blog/2011/07/25/how-to-recover-a-wordpress-password-without-resetting/

August 9, 2011

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February 21, 2012

Komputer Bogor @ 9:23 pm #

I still can't access my wordpress site

October 16, 2012

thanks the info very useful to add to my knowledge

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