So, I have to work on a D8 site I don't have a user account for. So, when I brought the code and database over to my local environment, I thought this would be an easy fix for drush.

My local dev environment is an Ubuntu server running on WSL, with php 7.2, and Drush version 8 I used the Drush ucrt and urol in the terminal, and both returned successes. I also had to temporarily deactivate the basic_auth service as the login pages weren't accessible after the move. Finally, when I tested the new user and password, it didn't work. I cleared the caches, re-set the password again, and then finally had the account blocked from too many failed attempts.

What's going on here? why didn't this work? and what do I do to make it work? I'd rather not add the user in Mysql, as I haven't seen a good tutorial for this.

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what i personally usually do with local databases is overriding the admin password:

drush uinf 1

will help you to get the user 1 name (just to be sure it is 'admin') in that case :

drush upwd admin --password=MY_LOCAL_PASSWORD

then go to /user and try it :)

  • this worked like a charm.
    – nizz0k
    Dec 3, 2018 at 5:48

You should also be able to log in as user 1 by using:

drush uli


This will generate a one-time login link:


To use this, copy everything after http://default and paste it after the domain in your local dev environment.

UPDATE: https://drupal.stackexchange.com/a/54108/80164 shows a better way to include your dev domain instead of http://default.

Once you're logged in as User 1, you should be able to reset the password for that account, or create a new user account for yourself.

Drush documentation: https://drushcommands.com

  • I have tried this route, and I'm having issues in that it's a pain in the neck to get the right URI recognized by this command (haven't set a vhost and the url gets truncated by the command).
    – nizz0k
    Dec 3, 2018 at 5:44
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    If the URI is getting truncated, try redirecting the output to a file: drush uli > login.txt. Depending on your environment, you might also be able to send the output to the clipboard. Good luck! Dec 3, 2018 at 5:48
  • that's a great tip! I wish there were better docs on Drush as I'm just scratching the surface
    – nizz0k
    Dec 3, 2018 at 5:59
  • Added link to Drush documentation. Dec 3, 2018 at 8:31
  • this worked like a charm, btw, tried that too!
    – nizz0k
    Dec 4, 2018 at 9:37

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