Reset a wiki user password

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Procedure.svg Reset a wiki user password
Organic Design procedure

Before reading further consider the password reset extension which gives a simple form to reset wiki passwords.

You need to log in to the database directly. First obtain the user's id as in the following example (alternatively, go to Special:Userlist and get the id from there):

SELECT user_id FROM prefix_user WHERE user_name='WikiSysop';

Then apply the query shown in the following example to set the password for that user id (here the WikiSysop user id is 1): Note that the password is a nested concatenation of both the md5 of the user_id combined with the md5 password.

UPDATE prefix_user SET user_password=md5(CONCAT('1-',md5('newpassword'))) WHERE user_id=1;

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