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How to Reset a WordPress Password from phpMyAdmin

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How to Reset a WordPress Password from phpMyAdmin

Knowing how to reset your WordPress password from phpMyAdmin is one of the essential things you should know about because for some reason if your site is hacked, or something else, you are no longer able to login to your admin panel using the login information, and you are not able to reset the password via email, this method can be very useful. We have helped three users with the same issue therefore we have decided to do this writeup.

Every WordPress blog uses a MySQL Database which can be accessed through your phpMyAdmin even if you are not using cPanel hosting. Follow the following steps to reset your WordPress password:

Video Tutorial

If you don’t like the video or need more instructions, then continue reading.

Step 1 – Identify the Name of your Database

It is always good to know the name of your WordPress Database. Sometimes you might be running multiple installations within the same database, then you will need to know exactly where to look for to reset the password. The best place to look is your wp-config.php file which is located in your root WordPress Directory. In there you will find the name of your database.

Step 2 – Locating Database and Editing the Fields

In your cPanel or other admin panel, you will need to access your MySQL database and then browse it via phpMyAdmin.

phpMyAdmin in cPanel

Once you are in phpMyAdmin, you will need to select the correct database on the left hand side. Look for the name that you found in your wp-config.php and click on that. You will see a list of tables with a prefix wp_ for the most part.

If you changed your prefix during installation, then you would be looking for that specific prefix “for ex: wp673_”.

You will look for the table wp_users, click on it and then click on the Browse Tab.

phpMyAdmin Browse

Click on the Pencil (Edit) Icon to reset your Password.

phpMyAdmin Edit

Now you will see a field that looks like this:

phpMyAdmin Edit field

Edit the user_pass field value. You will notice that there are a lot of random characters in the password field. Due to security reasons, WordPress stores the passwords as MD5 Hash rather than Plain text.

This means that you will not be able to enter plain text as the password. You would need to use one of the MD5 generators online to generate your password.

Recommended Tool: JavaScript MD5

Simply type your password in that tool and generate MD5 results. Copy and paste the code you get from the converter into your phpMyAdmin field and click Go to save changes.

You have now successfully changed your WordPress Password from phpMyAdmin.

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  1. christian gibson says:

    You say that WordPress generates an MD5 encryption of your password? But I seem to remember seeing somewhere on Stackoverflow that this is no longer true. They said: “The WordPress password hasher implements the Portable PHP password hashing framework, which is used in Content Management Systems like WordPress and Drupal”.
    I know very little about encryption/decryption systems, but one thing does seem strange. In a WordPress website database you can can see in the user table a field called ‘user-pass’ with contents like ‘$P$BlBAsz6jcvS3rLGDiE81PwtwbEazKg1’.
    All the hash values in this table begin with $P$B….. so what on earth is the point of including these leading 4 characters if they are all the same……?

  2. Samson says:

    Thank you very much. saved me valuable time

  3. Rod Salm says:

    As always, straight forward, very helpful tutorials. Right to the point and bang on accurate. Like this phpadmin tip for passwords.

    Thank you!

  4. Ben Glancy says:

    Or, if your admin account is the usual ID=1.

    Open functions.php and put this code in
    wp_set_password( “mypassword”, 1 );

    Reload the page.

    Uncomment code. Done.

  5. Diana says:

    Soooo helpful! Thank you!!!!

  6. raaga says:

    Thanks man. Very useful article.

  7. Matthew Harris says:

    Thanks for the tip, I couldn’t quite remember. Here is a return tip for you:

    You don’t need the external MD5 tool. Look on the screenshot there is a “Function” column with drop down boxes. On the user_pass field just select MD5 in the function column and type your new password in normal plain text in the input box next to it. When you save it phpMyAdmin will automatically md5 hash it for you.

  8. Kevin B. says:

    Very helpful. As a non-technical user, I felt powerless when an errant designer wouldn’t respond to my requests for passwords; this page with instructions filled the bill perfectly!

    Many thanks,


  9. alex says:


  10. Gustavo says:

    Thanks for this great tip. I tried the “easiest” way above but couldn´t retrieve the automatic email because of some misterious server glitch.
    I don´t know beans of PhP, so this kind of article is very useful for us.

  11. Chris says:

    I found the easiest and fastest work around the “Sorry, that key does not appear to be valid” issue to reset your WordPress password using your cell phone.
    1.) Just use your cell phone to access your password reset email that was sent to you.
    2.) Click on the link in the email. The link will automatically open the site where you can input your new password.
    3.) Follow the prompts to enter your new password.
    4.) Save your new password
    5.) You should now be able to access your WordPress website with your new password from any computer, business as usual.

    I hope this helps everybody!

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