How to Reset WordPress Admin Password via MySQL Command Prompt

Have you ever forgotten your WordPress administrator password and did not have access to your e-mail account or haven’t configured your e-mail account properly in WordPress? Fear not, because in today’s tutorial we are going to learn how to reset the WordPress administrator password through the MySQL command prompt. Resetting WordPress Admin Password via MySQL Command Prompt, its fairly easy task, you will need to have the login credentials of your database and user, or have access to wp-config.php file. Let’s get started!

Resetting the WordPress admin password through MySQL

Let’s begin by looking up the username and password you set for your WordPress database in your wp-config.php file first, do that by navigating to the directory WordPress is installed in and then open wp-config.php with nano:

# nano wp-config.php

Find the following lines in your wp-config.php file:

// ** MySQL settings - You can get this info from your web host ** //
/** The name of the database for WordPress */
define( 'DB_NAME', 'database_name_here' );
/** MySQL database username */
define( 'DB_USER', 'username_here' );
/** MySQL database password */
define( 'DB_PASSWORD', 'password_here' );
/** MySQL hostname */
define( 'DB_HOST', 'localhost' );

Now that we have all the information we need we are going to open a MySQL command prompt with the following command:

# mysql -u username_here -p -d database_name_here

Enter the password when prompted and then enter the following query in the MySQL command prompt:

mysql> use 'database_name_here';
Reading table information for completion of table and column names
You can turn off this feature to get a quicker startup with -A

Database changed

Look for the users table with the following query:

mysql> show tables LIKE '%users';
| Tables_in_database_name_here (%users) |
| wp_users                              |
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

Use the prefixed users table from the output of the query above in the following query, for an example we’ll use ‘wp_users’. We also use ‘admin’ as the administrator user, your administrator username might be different:

mysql> SELECT ID, user_login, user_pass FROM wp_users WHERE user_login = 'admin';
| ID | user_login | user_pass                          |
|  1 | admin      | $P$BiD1utsVDNrPVFm7.wcwPGzc.rKbu5. |
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

The query above outputs a row containing the current encrypted WordPress password of the administrator user, we are going to change it using this query, be sure to substitute ‘new_password’ for your own password:

mysql> UPDATE wp_users SET user_pass=MD5('new_password') WHERE user_login = 'admin';
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.01 sec)
Rows matched: 1  Changed: 1  Warnings: 0

Now check if the password has changed:

mysql> SELECT ID, user_login, user_pass FROM wp_users WHERE user_login = 'admin';
| ID | user_login | user_pass                        |
|  1 | admin      | 88162595c58939c4ae0b35f39892e6e7 |
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

Then type exit to exit the MySQL command prompt:

mysql> exit

Resetting the WordPress admin password through wp-cli

If you do not want to bother going the long route through MySQL you can change your WordPress administrator password with a neat tool called wp-cli which is considered the swiss army knife of WordPress. To download wp-cli execute the following command:

# curl -O

Check if wp-cli is working:

# php wp-cli.phar --info

Then make wp-cli executable and move it to ‘/usr/local/bin’:

# chmod +x wp-cli.phar
# mv wp-cli.phar /usr/local/bin/wp

Now navigate to the root directory of your WordPress installation and then execute the following wp-cli command:

# wp user update admin --user-pass=new_password

Again, make sure that you replace ‘admin’ with your WordPress administrator username and ‘new_password’ with your desired password.

If you are running wp-cli as root then add the ‘–allow-root’ option at the end of the command like this:

# wp user update admin --user-pass=new_password --allow-root

That’s it, now you should have successfully changed the password for your WordPress administrator user.

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