I want to get my WordPress blog up and running again (change the theme) but I have forgotten my password. I do not remember the username or email either.

Is there a way to retrieve this without having to reinstall WordPress and lose all my posts?

  • Self hosted or wordpress.com hosted?
    – mbillard
    Commented Aug 6, 2010 at 3:19
  • He says "reinstall" Wordpress. Which might suggest that it is self hosted.
    – thunderror
    Commented Aug 6, 2010 at 8:36
  • Here's a mess of info in the WP Codex on resetting using various methods. Commented Aug 6, 2010 at 20:40
  • I like this alot! Although Alexandre way I got through with first.
    – phwd
    Commented Aug 6, 2010 at 23:41
  • This question was posted during the early days of this site. Nowadays, questions about administering self-hosted blogs are off-topic, but they might be on-topic in [webmasters.com]. To learn about the complete list of Stack Exchange sites, go to stackexchange.com/sites. Commented Mar 19 at 12:34

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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.

  • Makes me wonder, isn't that so unsecure? To store a password in clear text?
    – thunderror
    Commented Aug 6, 2010 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) Commented Aug 6, 2010 at 14:45

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