WordPress password reset

Recently I had to update a site but didn't have an admin account or access to the SQL database. So I wrote this short script to reset a forgotten password.

To use it, edit it and fill in the proper values. Then upload it to the wp-content/mu-plugins/ directory, create the directory if necessary.

The code will run automatically, there's no need to activate it like a plugin, but you have to delete the file after using it.

The script may also fail if there is no user with an ID of 1.

$user_id = 1; # Insert your user ID or simply 1 for the first user that was created
$user_pass = 'secret'; # Insert a new password
$ip = ''; # Insert your IP

if ($_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR'] === $ip) {
        require_once(ABSPATH . WPINC . '/registration.php');
        require_once(ABSPATH . WPINC . '/pluggable.php');
        $user = wp_update_user(array(
                'ID' => $user_id,
                'user_pass' => $user_pass,
        )) ;
        die('disable me!');

Published on Oct. 18, 2012 at 3:03 p.m. by Nicolas and tagged WordPress, password. You can follow the discussion with the comment feed for this post. Feeling generous? Donate!


  1. avatar
    wrote this comment on
    The web developer no longer exists and when I try to renew the password to gain access to work on my site,I received a key to click on:


    however the following is the reply from the log in page:

    "Sorry, that key does not appear to be valid."

    How can I renew the password and gain access to my website and please note that I am by far an expert at computer work.

    Your soonest reply would be much appreciated
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      wrote this comment on
      Is this the built-in reset form? You should probably try again, maybe it's just expired. The script I posted here could also be used, I thought the instructions were enough.. maybe not. I'm also available for hire, please see my contact page.
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      wrote this comment on
      I wouldn't hit a dead dog in the assignment with their coding or support! I'm locked out too..and DONE with WP!
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    wrote this comment on
    Hi, A few questions:
    1) How to I actually get it to run? Will it run automatically by going to my site?
    2) I'm not using multiuser, so I presume I put the file in wp-content/plugins/ instead of mu-plugins?
    3) Does the file have to have any specific name?
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      wrote this comment on
      1) Yes
      2) No
      3) No

      See also http://codex.wordpress.org/Must_Use_Plugins
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    wrote this comment on
    I was editing my wordpress site and login details. I forgot to write down the info before closing the window and I worked for quite a while now have no access because I dont remember the login in username or password. neither do I have access to the email. I urgently need help. Please advise.
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