How to reset Joomla! user passwords

Front end

Non-admin users can reset passwords themselves by clicking the ‘Forgot your password’ link under the login form

Back end

Site admins can reset passwords for other registered users:

  • Log in to the back end of your site
  • Go to Users > Manage
  • Open the user you want to edit, enter the new password and save

How to reset the password for an Admin user

If an admin has forgotten their password and there isn’t another site admin that can reset it using the back end method above, you’ll need to use phpMyAdmin and edit the database.

  • Login to your control panel
  • Open phpMyAdmin
  • Select your database
  • Search for the _users table (note there’s a search box above the list of all the tables in your database; also, all tables will also have a prefix, you can ignore this)







  • In the function dropdown to the left of this field select MD5
  • Open this _users table
  • Click the ‘Browse’ tab
  • Click the pencil or edit icon opposite the user you with to edit
  • Delete the contents in the password field and enter your new password







  • Click Save or Go at the bottom of the page

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