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Retrieving Parallels Plesk Panel Passwords from MySQL

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If you have multiple users on one Parallels Plesk Panel account and need to FTP content without editing the FTP password, you can retrieve the password from MySQL.

To Retrieve a Parallels Plesk Panel Password From MySQL

  1. Log in as root in SSH.
  2. Type  mysql -uadmin -p`cat /etc/psa/.psa.shadow`, and then press Enter.
  3. Type use psa;, and then press Enter.
  4. Type select * from sys_users;, and then press Enter.
  5. Type select * from accounts;, and then press Enter.
    A table displays that shows the id, type, and password for all users in Parallels Plesk Panel.

For Parallels Plesk Panel versions 10.x and above:

Use ${PRODUCT_ROOT_D}/bin/admin utility to prompt the password for user "admin":
# /usr/local/psa/bin/admin --show-password

For Parallels Plesk Panel versions up to 9.x:

The Parallels Plesk Panel admin password is stored in a hidden file on the server. Use this command to get it:
# cat /etc/psa/.psa.shadow

More info regarding this can be found in the Parallels KB:
http://kb.parallels.com/en/346

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