How to recover your admin password

The passwords are stored using a one-way MD5 hash which prevents recovering the existing password, but you can reset it to a new password by editing the password field in the database.

The password is stored in the MySQL database jos_users table password field (change this for your table prefix if different). Use a MySQL utility such as phpMyAdmin or MySQL Query Browser to edit this field:

  1. open the table
  2. find your admin username and select that row for editing
  3. set the password to a known value and then you may log-in using that new password. The password must be hashed, you cannot simply enter text into this field.

Set the password to a known value
– password = “this is the MD5 hashed password”
– admin = 21232f297a57a5a743894a0e4a801fc3
– secret = 5ebe2294ecd0e0f08eab7690d2a6ee69
– OU812 = 7441de5382cf4fecbaa9a8c538e76783

Paste the hashed password into the field, save the change, and log-in using the new password.
Immediately change your password to something more secure!

or . . .
Set the password to your own value

Online MD5 tools – here are a couple online tools to create MD5 hashed values:
– JavaScript MD5 –
– MD5er –
Use the tools to create your own strong hashed password.
Paste the result into the password field, save, and log-in with your new password.

Free MD5 utilities – for download
– SlavaSoft HashCalc –
Download and use to make your own hashed password.

Other MD5 tools
There are many free MD5 tools online and as free downloadable utilities.
Google for “MD5 hash tool” and you will find many available.

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