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

  • Parallels Plesk 11.0 for Linux
  • Parallels Plesk 11.5 for Linux
  • Parallels Business Automation - Standard 4.5


The password for the "admin" user in Parallels Plesk Panel (Plesk) is lost.


For Plesk versions 10.x and above:

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

# /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>

In cases where init_conf utility cannot connect to the Plesk database, follow the steps from this article:

#112492 "Cannot log into Plesk Panel due to incorrect admin password" to reset Parallels Plesk Panel 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.

If you need to reset the password for the "admin" user, follow the resolution steps from this article:

#112492 "Cannot log into Plesk Panel due to incorrect admin password"

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