Is there a way to reset an admin account's password by modifying the MySQL directly?

I've found the craft_users table where the hashed password is stored but I don't know how to hash a string so that it will be read correctly by Craft.


Craft uses Yii's CPasswordHelper::hashPassword which is a Blowfish hash algorithm, using PHP's crypt function with a "blowFishHashCost", which is a setting that can be found through craft()->config->get('blowfishHashCost')

You could use the SecurityService::hashPassword function to generate a new password, echo it, and update it in the DB manually: craft()->security->hashPassword('NewPassword');

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  • Thanks! This is really helpful. Is there any way this can be done in a Twig template? Or can the hashPassword function only be called from a plugin? – bravokiloecho Feb 19 '16 at 12:57
  • i'd setup a temporary plugin (just the handle; ResetPlugin.php with an init function, in the init function you "Dump and Die" (Craft::dd(SecurityService::hashPassword('test'))) and after that, you delete it :) – chris Feb 19 '16 at 13:07
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    Just in case anyone else needs to do this, I made a plugin here: github.com/bravokiloecho/craft-password-helper – bravokiloecho Feb 19 '16 at 17:38
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    This tweet shows you how to reset the password to secret -> twitter.com/nystudio107/status/1063135843441954816 – andrew.welch Dec 19 '18 at 19:49

Future me, looks like you forgot your password again and locked yourself out of Craft. You also made your way back to this Stack Exchange question with @chris' perfect answer. Good! And to make your life really easy this time around, I've already generated a password/hash combos for you that works:

|  *Password*  |                        *Resulting Hash*                       |
|  password    | $2y$13$i1fEVeKiboWR/Hx07N9JtuSZj46KNueAg0IgpwL2TId0sXN.oyibC  |
|  NewPassword | $2y$13$YA.7RIgllODUDcmQPf/.FuXjOmKJYot5QxpFhhf4og9fdJWsIPWK6  |
|  admin       | $2y$13$Nlvh.kEu8FLIITusfjzQgOIIDryqLnJ3TsV/1UINRCFLfVnjJtILK  |

Update: The hashing algorithm didn’t change in Craft 3, so the above combo still works.

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    Past @carlcs, you are a genius! – Lindsey D Mar 17 '16 at 23:14
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    Craft 3: Drop this in a template to render a new password hash {{ craft.app.security.hashPassword('NewPassword') }} Output: $2y$13$3hcn0v5fVCFB28GS3HNJfez3.MY/HaJnomkESPsy7cEN/Hx9skjLq – Sam Hernandez Apr 23 '18 at 20:52
  • @SamHernandez ooh nice! – carlcs Apr 24 '18 at 7:47
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    I come back to this answer with embarrassing frequency. – Patrick Harrington Aug 15 '18 at 18:43
  • @PatrickHarrington you are not alone my friend – stojda Dec 18 '18 at 15:45

If you don't want to mess about trying to insert code in the Craft/Yii stack, v3 just calls password_hash():

password_hash($your_password_string, PASSWORD_DEFAULT, ['cost' => 13]);

As a possibly helpful addendum (I was just trying to run the site locally and needed to log in); if you find you still can't login after changing the password via the database and are running PHP locally, it might be because you're accessing via socket and should add this to config/general.php:

'requireUserAgentAndIpForSession' => false,
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