How to reset and recover your Joomla admin password?

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If you lost your admin password in joomla and you want to recover it, just follow one of the 2 methods bellow, the first one tested by me and worked like a charm, the second tested by Pirat9 and is working too. For non linux users it is advised to use method I.

1st Method:

1-  Convert  your new password text to md5 encryption, use this tool for that:

  If you are a linux user you can use the following command to convert your password to md5 encryption:

echo -n "your-password" | md5
Output (Example)
21232f297a57a5a743894a0e4a801fc3 (md5 encryption for password "admin")

2- Now login  to  phpmyadmin go to your database and look for table ” jos_user

Now go to  user  “admin” and  in the  crypted  password field put  “21232f297a57a5a743894a0e4a801fc3 ” (Change this with your current generated md5 encryption)

save  and   exit. 

Now you will be able to login with your admin password.


II – Method 2:

If you are a linux user and good with terminal, just enter the following commands in your terminal, don`t forget to change the user/password with your current information.

– In terminal  login to  Mysql server

mysql -u  user  -p  password
 mysql> use joomla_database_name;
 Reading table information for completion of table and column names
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Database changed


Now enter this command:

mysql>  UPDATE `jos_users` SET `password` = MD5( 'put_new_paswoord_here' ) WHERE `jos_users`.`username` = "admin" ;


exit  and  login to your joomla admin panel with  the  password.

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