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Plesk Mass Password Reset Script

Article ID: 113391, created on Feb 29, 2012, last review on Dec 15, 2015

  • Plesk 11.0 for Linux
  • Plesk 11.5 for Linux
  • Plesk 10.1 for Linux/Unix
  • Plesk 9.0 for Linux/Unix
  • Plesk 11.0 for Windows
  • Plesk 11.5 for Windows
  • Plesk 10.1 for Windows
  • Plesk 9.0 for Windows
  • Odin Business Automation Standard 4.5
  • Odin Business Automation Standard 4.1

Release Notes

The Mass Password Reset Script is designed to allow Parallel Plesk owners to reset the passwords of all Plesk accounts automatically.

Please feel free to provide your feedback about the script on the Plesk Forum.

Note: Users who have Plesk nodes registered in Customer & Business Manager must perform the actions described in the Customer & Business Manager Specific section.


  1. Download the script

    Download the script (for Plesk 12)

to your Plesk server.

2. Unzip it.

3.  Run it as described below.

**Note**: The `exec` function of PHP has to be enabled, so during `plesk_password_changer.php` execution, comment the following line in `php.ini`:

    disable_functions = 'apache_child_terminate, apache_setenv, define_syslog_variables, escapeshellarg, escapeshellcmd, eval, exec, ... , mysql_pconnect'


    # /usr/local/psa/bin/sw-engine-pleskrun plesk_password_changer.php `cat /etc/psa/.psa.shadow` ['new admin password'] [options]


    "%plesk_dir%\admin\bin\php.exe" -dauto_prepend_file= plesk_password_changer.php <old admin password> [new admin password] [options]

Where [options] can be:

    --all - [default] reset passwords for all supported entities

    --admin - reset the password for admin

    --additionaladmins - reset passwords for additional administrator accounts

    --clean-up-sessions - clean up the sessions table in the Plesk database

    --resellers - reset passwords for resellers

    --clients - reset passwords for clients

    --domains - reset passwords for the main FTP account of domains

    --domainadmins - reset passwords for Domain Administrators

    --users - change passwords for hosting panel users

    --additionalftpaccounts - reset passwords for additional FTP accounts for domains

    --subdomains - reset passwords for subdomains. NOTE: For Plesk 10.x, subdomains are treated as domains.

    --dbusers - change passwords for database users

    --webusers - reset passwords for Web Users

    --mailaccounts - reset passwords for mail accounts

    --pdusers - change passwords for protected directories users

    --apsc - change the password for the apsc database

    --mailaccounts - reset passwords for mail accounts (note that in Plesk 10.x and higher, passwords will be NOT changed for mail accounts which are created during user creation (and linked with this user). Passwords for these mail accounts should be reset using the option --users)


  • Reset all passwords for all Plesk entities and generate a password for admin automatically:

    php -d open_basedir= -d safe_mode=0 plesk_password_changer.php `cat /etc/psa/.psa.shadow`
  • Reset passwords for the main FTP account of a domain only:

    php -d open_basedir= -d safe_mode=0 plesk_password_changer.php `cat /etc/psa/.psa.shadow` --domains
  • Reset passwords for admin and client accounts and set the admin password to s3$ret!:

    php -d open_basedir= -d safe_mode=0 plesk_password_changer.php `cat /etc/psa/.psa.shadow` 's3$ret!' --admin --clients
  • Reset all passwords for all Plesk entities and set the admin password to s3$ret!:

    php -d open_basedir= -d safe_mode=0 plesk_password_changer.php `cat /etc/psa/.psa.shadow` 's3$ret!'

Important information:

The Plesk admin password will be generated if <new admin password> is not specified.

The script writes new passwords and information about updated accounts into the _new_plesk_passwords.csv_ file.

Output example:

[2011-10-11 11:30:55][INFO] ==> Installed Plesk version/build: 10.4.4 Debian 5.0 1013111102.18

[2011-10-11 11:30:55][INFO] ==> Detect system configuration
[2011-10-11 11:30:55][INFO] OS: Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 \n \l
[2011-10-11 11:30:55][INFO] Arch: i386

[2011-10-11 11:30:55][INFO] ==> Validate given db password
[2011-10-11 11:30:55][INFO] Result: OK

[2011-10-11 11:30:55][INFO] ==> Plesk Password Changer version:

[2011-10-11 11:30:55][INFO] ==> STEP 1: Change password for resellers...
[2011-10-11 11:30:56][INFO] Reseller login: res1 Email: New password: Ajx3J4cHDjaG
[2011-10-11 11:30:57][INFO] Reseller login: res2 Email: New password: Ua7TPxc6lsk9

[2011-10-11 11:30:57][INFO] ==> STEP 2: Change password for clients...
[2011-10-11 11:30:58][INFO] Client login: cl1 Email: New password: qiCJJd1525Im
[2011-10-11 11:30:59][INFO] Client login: cl2 Email: New password: LwrWpt4ybPxb

[2011-10-11 11:30:59][INFO] ==> STEP 3: Change password for users...
[2011-10-11 11:31:09][INFO] Hosting Panel User: New password: xtV2hsPy1Drj
[2011-10-11 11:31:15][INFO] Hosting Panel User: New password: NZGheFAsHTFn
[2011-10-11 11:31:17][INFO] Hosting Panel User: user1@domain3.tld New password: Pg7bgQ3hTrCx
[2011-10-11 11:31:18][INFO] Hosting Panel User: New password: nCkE17PhvG8h

[2011-10-11 11:31:18][INFO] ==> STEP 4: Change password for FTP users of domains...
[2011-10-11 11:31:20][INFO] FTP user ftp1 for domain New password: 9cmlKwXKjfv7
[2011-10-11 11:31:22][INFO] FTP user ftp2 for domain New password: RZG9G7ZxbOVS
[2011-10-11 11:31:24][INFO] FTP user ftp3 for domain New password: 5VKX83JwAb47
[2011-10-11 11:31:26][INFO] FTP user ftp4 for domain New password: md3XuAfxgLAa

[2011-10-11 11:31:26][INFO] ==> STEP 5: Change password for additional FTP accounts...
[2011-10-11 11:31:28][INFO] Domain: Additional FTP account: addftp1 New password: 5gsVrBlW8jjs

[2011-10-11 11:31:28][INFO] ==> STEP 6: Change password for mail accounts...
[2011-10-11 11:31:29][INFO] Mail account: New password: Rgfi3SJTTkps
[2011-10-11 11:31:30][INFO] Mail account: New password: OQcr9VtxOyGc

[2011-10-11 11:31:30][INFO] ==> STEP 7: Change password for web users of domains...
[2011-10-11 11:31:31][INFO] Web user wu1 for domain New password: wrBX6dChkUXG
[2011-10-11 11:31:33][INFO] Web user wu2 for domain New password: 870jUPoN06qc

[2011-10-11 11:31:33][INFO] ==> STEP 8: Change password for admin...
nohup: redirecting stderr to stdout
mysqld_safe[4677]: started
mysqld_safe[4696]: ended
[2011-10-11 11:31:55][INFO] Admin new password: ngtt5PmQfcgW

Found errors: 0; Found Warnings: 0

Customer & Business Manager

Note: Only Plesk 10.4.4 and Plesk 11.0 are supported

  1. If Plesk is installed and integrated with the Customer & Business Manager, use the following command:


    # /usr/local/psa/bin/sw-engine-pleskrun plesk_password_changer.php `cat /etc/psa/.psa.shadow` --all --cbm --exclude-clients --exclude-resellers


    "%plesk_dir%\admin\bin\php.exe" -dauto_prepend_file="" plesk_password_changer.php <old admin password> --all --cbm --exclude-clients --exclude-resellers

    It is necessary to exclude "clients" and "resellers" because passwords for them will be changed as they will for the Customer & Business Manager users.

    The --cbm option also changes the passwords for all Customer & Business Manager users that have been provisioned to all attached hosting panels.

  2. (Optional) If you also have Plesk instances that are remotely integrated with the Customer & Business Manager, you need to reset the passwords on these servers with this command:


    # /usr/local/psa/bin/sw-engine-pleskrun plesk_password_changer.php `cat /etc/psa/.psa.shadow` --all --exclude-clients --exclude-resellers>


    "%plesk_dir%\admin\bin\php.exe" -dauto_prepend_file="" plesk_password_changer.php <old admin password> --all --exclude-clients --exclude-resellers

    This changes the passwords for all other Plesk entities, but preserves the passwords of clients and resellers, which already were changed through the Customer & Business Manager on Step 1.

  3. After completing Step 2, change the Customer & Business Manager admin password and update the admin passwords of all Hosting Panels attached to the Customer & Business Manager.

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Mass Password Reset


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