Manual:changePassword.php

MediaWiki version:
1.6


Details

changePassword.php file is a maintenance script to change the password of a user on your wiki. Note that passwords must have at least 10 characters.

Options/Arguments

Option Description Required?
--user The username to operate on Optional
--userid The user id to operate on Optional
--password The password to use Required

Usage

php maintenance/changePassword.php [--user| --userid| --password ]


Terminal
$ php maintenance/changePassword.php --user Foo --password IamPassword

Password set for Foo

Usernames and passwords can have spaces, which will need to be protected from your shell (be it bash or cmd.exe; see Troubleshooting, below):

Terminal
$ php maintenance/changePassword.php --user "Foo Bar" --password "fierce sea ceasefire"

Password set for Foo Bar

Troubleshooting

  • If your MediaWiki installation uses a memory cache, such as APC, memcached or Redis, then the user object is cached. Thus after making SQL changes you must flush the cache before a user can log in with the new password.
  • Windows has special challenges with parsing double-quoted strings, as when a username or password contains spaces in the second example above.
    • Occasionally triple ("""quoted string""") and quadruple sets of double quotes will solve your problems with Windows' command shell, cmd.exe. You may be happier, though, to try Cygwin and follow the Unix conventions for quoting strings, which require fewer quotation marks.

See also