It is a testiment to my own foul forgetfulness that I am endlessly hunting the Joomla forums for the post that explains how to reset the admin password for Joomla.
Rather, it’s not that I can’t remember how to do it – doing it is quite simple – it’s I can’t remember the values to insert.
The only way to “reset” your Joomla password is by editing the database directly. Simply:
- Access your database, either via phpMyAdmin or whatever program your hosting uses.
- Navigate to the jos_users table, browse the admin user and edit the password field.
Now here’s where it gets a tad tricky – the password, for security reasons, isn’t stored as straight-up text. Instead, it is stored using a one-way MD5 hash. All this really means is that instead of inserting some string of text as your password (ie. “imagod”) you insert the text string converted to a MD5 hash string (ie. “556266312a4980d0203b590a56751961”).
So, once you’ve popped open the password field, just insert the new MD5 hash, save and you’re done.
If you just want a quick reset, and then want to edit the password the standard way via Joomla’s User Manager, here are a couple MD5 hashes:
- secret: 5ebe2294ecd0e0f08eab7690d2a6ee69
- password: 5f4dcc3b5aa765d61d8327deb882cf99
- admin: 21232f297a57a5a743894a0e4a801fc3