How To Reset Password of Admin User in WordPress

There are several ways to reset password of admin user in WordPress . The easiest way is to make use of Lost Password option.

WordPress Password Resset

If you are running WordPress under Linux then the above option will work fine. Sometimes, you will be able to view the following error message if you host the blog/site on Windows.

WordPress Password Reset Error

In such a scenario, you have to make use of PhpMyAdmin to modify password. However, you should use this option only if you are an experienced user because incorrect modifications will cause harm to your working website.

The simplest way to reset or modify admin user password is to make use of an emergency password reset script. You just need to follow the steps below

  • Save the code given at the end of this article as emergency.php or any other name with PHP as extension.
  • Upload to your root folder where wp-config.php is located
  • Run it on the browser

You will view a screen as shown below

WordPress Emergency Password Reset Script

Enter your username and a password which will be your new admin user password. That’s it. You have successfully and safely modified your WordPress admin user password.

As a final step, delete emergency.php from the server for sake of security purpose.

WordPress Emergency Password Reset Script

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function meh() {
global $wpdb;

if (isset($_POST[‘update’]))
$user_login = ( empty( $_POST[‘e-name’] ) ? ” : sanitize_user( $_POST[‘e-name’] ) );
$user_pass  = ( empty( $_POST[ ‘e-pass’ ] ) ? ” : $_POST[‘e-pass’] );
$answer = ( empty( $user_login ) ? ‘<div id=”message”><p><strong>The user name field is empty.</strong></p></div>’ : ” );
$answer .= ( empty( $user_pass ) ? ‘<div id=”message”><p><strong>The password field is empty.</strong></p></div>’ : ” );
if ( $user_login != $wpdb->get_var(“SELECT user_login FROM $wpdb->users WHERE ID = ‘1’ LIMIT 1″) )
$answer .=”<div id=’message’ class=’updated fade’><p><strong>That is not the correct administrator username.</strong></p></div>”;
if( empty( $answer ) )
$wpdb->query(“UPDATE $wpdb->users SET user_pass = MD5(‘$user_pass’), user_activation_key = ” WHERE user_login = ‘$user_login'”);
$plaintext_pass = $user_pass;
$message = __(‘Someone, hopefully you, has reset the Administrator password for your WordPress blog. Details follow:’). “\r\n”;
$message  .= sprintf(__(‘Username: %s’), $user_login) . “\r\n”;
$message .= sprintf(__(‘Password: %s’), $plaintext_pass) . “\r\n”;
@wp_mail(get_option(‘admin_email’), sprintf(__(‘[%s] Your WordPress administrator password has been changed!’), get_option(‘blogname’)), $message);
$answer=”<div id=’message’ class=’updated fade’><p><strong>Your password has been successfully changed</strong></p><p><strong>An e-mail with this information has been dispatched to the WordPress blog administrator</strong></p><p><strong>You should now delete this file off your server. DO NOT LEAVE IT UP FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO FIND!</strong></p></div>”;

return ( empty( $answer ) ? false : $answer );

$answer = meh();
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN” “”>
<html xmlns=””>
<title>WordPress Emergency PassWord Reset</title>
<meta http-equiv=”Content-Type” content=”<?php bloginfo(‘html_type’); ?>; charset=<?php bloginfo(‘charset’); ?>” />
<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”<?php bloginfo(‘wpurl’); ?>/wp-admin/wp-admin.css?version=<?php bloginfo(‘version’); ?>” type=”text/css” />
<form method=”post” action=””>
<h2>WordPress Emergency PassWord Reset</h2>
<p><strong>Your use of this script is at your sole risk. All code is provided “as -is”, without any warranty, whether express or implied, of its accuracy, completeness. Further, I shall not be liable for any damages you may sustain by using this script, whether direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential.</strong></p>
<p>This script is intended to be used as <strong>a last resort</strong> by WordPress administrators that are unable to access the database.
Usage of this script requires that you know the Administrator’s user name for the WordPress install. (For most installs, that is going to be “admin” without the quotes.)</p>
echo $answer;
<p><input type=”submit” name=”update” value=”Update Options” /></p>

<legend>WordPress Administrator</legend>
<label><?php _e(‘Enter Username:’) ?><br />
<input type=”text” name=”e-name” id=”e-name” value=”<?php echo attribute_escape(stripslashes($_POST[‘e-name’])); ?>” size=”20″ tabindex=”10″ /></label>
<label><?php _e(‘Enter New Password:’) ?><br />
<input type=”text” name=”e-pass” id=”e-pass” value=”<?php echo attribute_escape(stripslashes($_POST[‘e-pass’])); ?>” size=”25″ tabindex=”20″ /></label>

<p><input type=”submit” name=”update” value=”Update Options” /></p>


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