How can I change a user's password from the command line using Drush?

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In Drush 9 the command is

drush user:password USERNAME "SOMEPASSWORD"

with command name aliases user-password and upwd.

In Drush 8 (and earlier) the command is

drush user-password USERNAME --password="SOMEPASSWORD"

with command name aliases upwd.

See https://drushcommands.com/drush-9x/user/user:password/ and https://drushcommands.com/drush-8x/user/user-password/

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    Man Tim, you got in like a couple seconds after me. :) – Dave Reid Mar 2 '11 at 21:03
  • You can find more information about "Recovering the administrator password" here: drupal.org/node/44164 – milkovsky Feb 26 '15 at 13:53
  • Instead of username, you could also use the user id: drush upwd 1 --password="newpassword" for user 1 – FLY Jan 31 '17 at 13:26
  • For Drush 9 (Latest D8) see this answer – No Sssweat Dec 1 '18 at 12:47
  • Answer updated with Drush 9 info. (Editing a good existing answer is a nice feature.) – hansfn Feb 5 at 17:03

You can execute drush uli, this will generate a one time login link. By default it provides one-time login link for administrator.

If you execute drush uli some-username, this will generate one time login link for that user.


You can also use drush upwd for updating the password. Use it like this drush upwd --password=<new password> <some-username>

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    Worth noting that drush uli should be the preferred route in general from a good security practice POV because it means you do not have to communicate the password, the user can choose their own. – Alfred Armstrong Jul 20 '18 at 8:33

If you are using Drush 4, you can use the user-password command.

drush user-password usernamehere --password="newpasswordhere"

$ drush help user-password (Re)Set the password for the user account with the specified name.

Examples: drush user-password someuser --password="correct horse battery" Set the password for the username someuser. @see xkcd.com/936

Arguments: name The name of the account to modify.

Options: --password= The new password for the account. Required.

Aliases: upwd


In Drush 9 (recommended for > Drupal 8.4) this is slightly different:

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    Just a note: The new password here would be "password=MYPASSWORD" not MYPASSWORD – Will Jun 26 '18 at 22:56
  • The comment from Will seems wrong. Anyway, the top voted answer is updated with info for Drush 9. – hansfn Feb 5 at 22:46
  • It wasn't before the edit – Will Mar 14 at 22:14

There is another way to reset password. You can use drush uli "username" which gives reset link in terminal, using the link you can login and change the password.

If you specify -l http://localhost (where localhost is your host), then terminal would automatically open web browser for you.

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    This works, but you may need Drupal 7.50 (released 2016-07-07) to not run into issue 889772 ("needing password to change password"). – tanius Jul 11 '16 at 12:42

in New version of Drush(In Drush 9 Drupal > 8.5 ) it doesn't work with

drush user-password USERNAME --password="SOMEPASSWORD"

It must be

drush user-password USERNAME SOMEPASSWORD

for example ( change password of root user)

drush user-password root MyPass0302

And with Drupal Console

drupal user:password:reset

then enter userid,
then type new password.

Enjoy it.


in Drush > 9


If you have ssh access to the server, cd to the drupal root directory and run:

drush upwd --password="myNewSecretPassword" "admin"

Source: https://www.drupal.org/node/44164


If we don't know more about drush then we can change password from database in user table . We will edit password and select md5 then we can change password.


Note that this command has changed in Drush 9.x, but can be found documented here

The syntax thus looks like this:

drush user:password someuser "correct horse battery staple"

For example, on the user 'bjenkins' it would be:

drush user:password bjenkins "newReallyComplexPassword123!"

You can also add a --notify command to notify the user of this password change to their registered email.

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