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How to Recover a Joomla Admin Password

If you don’t login regularly to your Joomla administrator site, you may one day forget what your password is. If this unfortunate event does happen, its very easy to recover it if you have access to the database that your web site uses.

Open your database and find the table prefix_users, where prefix is the database prefix that you selected when you installed Joomla.

Open your user account for editing.

In the password field, replace the contents with

d2064d358136996bd22421584a7cb33e:trd7TvKHx6dMeoMmBVxYmg0vuXEA4199

You’ve just changed your password to the word secret. Now immediately login and change your password to something more secure.

This procedure works with Joomla 2.5 and 3.x.

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