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How do I recover the Plesk admin password in Plesk 10 or above?

Art. Nr: 132  |  Rating: 4/5 from 571 votes  |  Last Updated: Fri, May 18, 2012

Recovering the Plesk panel password isn’t complicated. However, there are a couple of different ways to get this accomplished. There are a couple of different ways due to the changes that have recently occurred within Plesk 10.x. Please see below for more information and step-by-step directions.

Parallels Plesk 9.x License:

  • Login to your Plesk server via SSH
  • Next, run the following command:

    # cat /etc/psa/.psa.shadow

  • The output will include your Plesk password

Parallels Plesk 10.x License:

  • Login to your Plesk server via SSH
  • Next, run the following command:

    # /usr/local/psa/bin/admin --show-password

  • The output will provide you with your Plesk password

Should you have any further questions pertaining to your Plesk license, please feel free to get in contact with the LicenseCube support team for additional assistance.

The new Plesk versions are keeping the password somewhere else I think as the username is not admin but root.

Posted by Plesk11 - Mon, Jul 30th, 2012

Plesk has restriction to send the admin login and password via email which is a good security for the server.

Posted by Esperanza - Wed, Jul 25th, 2012

New Plesk 11 again have the admin username and password different than root. This was so much easier with root and Linux server root pass.

Posted by BradC. - Tue, Jul 17th, 2012

We are using Plesk 11 for last weeks and hope this Plesk admin password recovery to work if we need it with our dedicated server one day :)

Posted by Manush - Wed, Jul 11th, 2012

Root password for the Linux server should be the one for new Plesk versions like 10 and 11.

Posted by SarahK - Tue, Jul 3rd, 2012

In new version of Plesk administrator password is the same like Linux OS root pass. Like cPanel style.

Posted by Wendy - Mon, Jun 18th, 2012

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