Here are couple simple to follow steps on how to reset a Joomla password from a Linux terminal. This guide assumes that you have an access to your mysql database via Linux terminal.
First choose your new password. For example let’s use “joomla-password-reset” as a new password. Generate md5-hash from your new password:
$ echo -n "joomla-password-reset" | md5sum 7263e3513f08b709f55626bcc6d75ac7
Have your md5 hash password ready and login to your database:
$ mysql -p -u username
In the next step select your joomla database.
mysql> use joomla_database_name; Reading table information for completion of table and column names You can turn off this feature to get a quicker startup with -A Database changed mysql>
The default ID of an admin user is 62. Unless you have not done anything to change it this is your admin user too. Execute a following mysql command to reset your joomla password to “joomla-password-reset” password:
mysql> update jos_users set password='7263e3513f08b709f55626bcc6d75ac7' where id='62'; Query OK, 1 row affected (0.01 sec) Rows matched: 1 Changed: 1 Warnings: 0 mysql>
All done. Now navigate your browser to your admin page and enter new password: joomla-password-reset