Retrieving and Resetting ColdFusion Administrator Passwords

19 Feb 2004

Seems like this question comes-up quite a bit, and I can never seem to find the snippet of code which will do this in CF 5, so I thought I'd leave myself a post of this snippet of code, and perhaps someone else out there in the future trying to find information on how to reset their administrator password. That said, here are a few ways to get back into the CF Administrator if you've somehow been inadvertently locked-out for both ColdFusion 5 and previous versions, as well as ColdFusion MX:**For ColdFusion 5 on Windows:**Find the following registry entry:``` HKLM\SOFTWARE\Allaire\ColdFusion\CurrentVersion\Server\UseAdminPassword ```And set it to 0. Restart the ColdFusion Server service, and go to the Administrator to set a new password.**OR: **Use this code snippet to retrieve the password values:``` **Admin Password:**#Evaluate("cfusion_Decrypt(adminpassword, PASSWORD_KEY)")#**RDS Password:**#Evaluate("cfusion_Decrypt(studiopassword, PASSWORD_KEY)")#```**For ColdFusion 6 MX, ColdFusion 7 MX, and ColdFusion 8:*** Stop the "ColdFusion MX Application Server" Service * Open the "neo-security.xml" file contained at %CFMXInstallRoot%\lib * Find the line: "" and change the true to false, then save the file * Restart the "ColdFusion MX Application Server" Service * Go to the ColdFusion Administrator again and set a password