HowTo: Mediawiki Reset a User Password

by on July 27, 2009 · 0 comments· LAST UPDATED July 27, 2010

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I forgot my mediawiki wiki software password, how do I reset my password?

You can easily reset mediawiki password as follows:

Using changePassword.php Script

You need to login to your server using ssh client where your mediawiki is installed. Next, you have to run the script from the command line. Once logged in go to the installation directory, then go to the maintenance subdirectory. In this example, mediawiki is installed at /home/httpd/wiki directory, enter:
$ cd /home/httpd/wiki/maintenance
Finally, run the following command:

 php changePassword.php --user=YOUR-USERNAME-HERE --password=YOUR-PASSWORD-HERE
# reset a password for Vivek user
php changePassword.php --user=Vivek --password=myPassowrd

Sample outputs:

Password set for Vivek

Now you user Vivek can login without any problem.

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