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I want to get my WordPress Blog up and running again (change the theme) but I have forgotten my password. Is there a way to retrieve this without having to reinstall WordPress and lose all my posts ?

I do not remember the username or email either.

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Self hosted or wordpress.com hosted? –  mbillard Aug 6 '10 at 3:19
    
He says "reinstall" Wordpress. Which might suggest that it is self hosted. –  thunderror Aug 6 '10 at 8:36

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Do you remember your FTP account password or your browse filesystem password? If so, FTP into the site, go into the directory you installed WordPress in and look for wp-config.php file. That contains your database's password in clear text.

Not sure what protects phpMyAdmin, but if that's .htaccess or .htpasswd, you can edit or delete that one.

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Makes me wonder, isn't that so unsecure? To store a password in clear text? –  thunderror Aug 6 '10 at 8:34
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Any system has a weakest link. If you have access to file system, you are beyond hope. But yes, cleartext password is not so good. A smart thing would have been to hash it on first use. But it is a little difficult since WordPress runs from scratch every time you request a page (no live memory outside of files/database/http-request content) –  Alexandre Rafalovitch Aug 6 '10 at 14:45

Do you have access to the hosting account and the database you used when you set it up?

Use this link: link text

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Thanks but I don't remember my phpMyAdmin password either :( –  phwd Aug 5 '10 at 23:12

Here's a mess of info in the WP Codex on resetting using various methods.

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I like this alot! Although Alexandre way I got through with first. –  phwd Aug 6 '10 at 23:41

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