How to Recover a Lost Joomla Admin Password


Joomla is a widely used open-source content management system, or CMS. A CMS allows you to easily create a website where you can make and edit content as well as manage user accounts. When installing Joomla, you are asked to activate an administrative account that is used for logging in to Joomla's control panel. As the administrative account controls all content posted, this is kept secure and encrypted in your website's online database. In case the site is compromised, along with the email address associated with your administrator account, there are certain steps you can take to recover it.

Use the Lost Password Link

  • Click on the "Lost Password" link on the administration login page.

  • Enter the email address you use for your Joomla administration account and click on "Submit."

  • Check your mailbox for the Reset Password email that Joomla sends to your account and follow the instructions in the email.

Change the Password In the Database

  • Log in to phpMyAdmin on your Web hosting account and on the left side, click the link for the Joomla database.

  • Select the table "jos_users" and click on the "Browse" icon.

  • Click on the "Edit" icon next to the username whose password you wish to change.

  • Change the value of the password to "d2064d358136996bd22421584a7cb33e:trd7TvKHx6dMeoMmBVxYmg0vuXEA4199" and click on "Go."

  • Go back to the administration login page and use the password "secret" to log in to your account. Change the password to your desired password once logged in.

Tips & Warnings

  • In the case of hacked accounts, instead of using the Lost Password link, you can choose to change the password directly in your database to recover your administrator account.

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