How to restore lost Plesk password on Unix – Linux server

This tutorial will show you how to gather your Plesk control panel password in cases when it is lost or has been forgotten.
It is written for Plesks installed on Unix/Linux based servers.

1.Login to your server via SSH and make sure you are switched to root.
2.In the console type:


Then you will see the current password for the ”admin” account.

Since Plesk 10.2 the password in .psa.shadow file is encrypted and can be shown as plain text using:


Filed Under: Plesk Control Panel

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Comments (2)

  1. David says:

    /usr/local/psa/bin/admin -‘“show-password

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