By mistake I just ran this query: (note the extra ;)

DELETE FROM wp_users; WHERE ID = 321;

How can I add a user through SQL?

I searched around but couldn't find a proper answer to this fairly simple question.

More info about the situation I was in when I asked this:

  • Can't use wp-cli on this shared hosting environment and it's way easier to launch mysql than to figure out how to run some PHP.
  • I was not logged into the site (so I can't log in anymore).

2 Answers 2


This will create a new admin user called username with password: password in a database called DATABASE with table prefix wp_

Change the two accordingly to your own database name and table prefix.

Try this:

First create a row in wp_users. Replace DATABASE with your database name, username with your choosen username, password with your password of choice.

INSERT INTO `DATABASE`.`wp_users` (`ID`, `user_login`, `user_pass`, 
`user_nicename`, `user_email`, `user_url`, `user_registered`,
`user_activation_key`, `user_status`, `display_name`) VALUES ('9999', 
'username', MD5('password'), 'nickname', '[email protected]', '', 
'2014-11-04 00:00:00', '', '0', 'username');

Next insert two rows into wp_usermeta. Replace DATABASE with your database.

INSERT INTO `DATABASE`.`wp_usermeta` (`umeta_id`, `user_id`, `meta_key`,
`meta_value`) VALUES (NULL, '9999', 'wp_capabilities', 
'a:1:{s:13:"administrator";s:1:"1";}'), (NULL, '9999', 'wp_user_level', '10');

The key 9999 is a unique ID number so choose something that is not used.

  • oh yeah if you wanna use phpmyadmin look here: wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/…
    – odinp123
    Nov 4, 2014 at 14:25
  • This wasn't working for me for the fact that i forgot the change the wp_ part in wp_capabilities. The wp_ should be your database prefix Jan 12, 2019 at 0:49
  • I've updated answer to reflect your concern @NMENewMediaEntertainment
    – odinp123
    Jun 21, 2019 at 20:13

Generally, WordPress has functions to handle what you want, it is much preferable to use them. For example, because it isn't a complete list, some of those are:

The class behind (most of) it is:

If you really need to know the SQL that is used, I would suggest you read the according source files. But as I said, it is much preferable to use the possibilities WordPress already offers, instead of doing your own custom SQL.

  • How am I supposed to run these functions? I wasn't able to login to the site.
    – the
    Nov 4, 2014 at 14:50
  • 2
    You can run them for example from the functions.php or a (mu-)plugin. Aside from that, how should I know you aren't able to login to your site. @KasperSouren Nov 4, 2014 at 15:08
  • @KasperSouren please add that info to your question, does this mean you can't log into WP or does it mean you don't have ftp/ssh/cpanel access?
    – birgire
    Nov 4, 2014 at 15:27
  • How can I log in to a site with an empty wp_users? :) What is "the functions.php" and how do I use it? Is it possible to use from the command line? Please add more info. I've been using WP for 8 years or so but I don't know what you mean here so I can't accept this answer.
    – the
    Nov 4, 2014 at 16:24
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    In fact, I thought the "through SQL" part of the question title was pretty clear.
    – the
    Nov 4, 2014 at 16:30

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