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How to get or reset password for "admin" account in Parallels Plesk

Article ID: 346, created on Jan 25, 2009, last review on Dec 15, 2014

APPLIES TO:
  • Plesk for Linux/Unix

Symptoms

The password for the "admin" user in Parallels Plesk has been lost.

Resolution

For Plesk versions 10.x and above:

Use the ${PRODUCT_ROOT_D}/bin/admin utility to prompt the password for the "admin" user:

# /usr/local/psa/bin/admin --show-password

Use ${PRODUCT_ROOT_D}/bin/init_conf to reset the password for the "admin" user:

# /usr/local/psa/bin/init_conf -u -passwd <new_password>

If the init_conf utility cannot connect to the Plesk database, follow the steps from article #112492 "Cannot log into Plesk Panel due to incorrect admin password" to reset the Parallels Plesk database password.

For Plesk versions up to 9.x:

The Plesk admin password is stored in a hidden file on the server. Use this command to get it:

# cat /etc/psa/.psa.shadow

This authenticates the "admin" user by trying to authorize access to the Plesk database using the password provided.

Additional information

How to retrieve the Parallels Plesk admin password on Windows

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