Does someone knows what part of wordpress code would I have to modify to be able to just enter into the admin panel without having to login?

I need to work on a site but I wont have admin access until a few day (when my friend comes back from vacations), but I do have FTP access (only FTP, no cpanel or any other type of panel to get into the db and change the pwd) and have his permissions to do whatever I need to login.

I checked wp-login.php file but couldn't find what to modify to allow me to login.

Does someone knows what file shoul

2 Answers 2


I have not tried it, but this thread on stackoverflow.com seems to be what you need - Create new admin, wordpress

  • Thanks that looks good, but the linked site containing the required db class doesn't seem to be working. I will see if I can reproduce what it does without that.
    – kyxrus
    Apr 23, 2012 at 1:21
  • I am having troubles retrieving the inserted new ID, I found db class on google and I am trying to reproduce what you showed me, here's the code : pastie.org/private/noxfa5lhmcqhgxa6oh6bq do you know how to retrieve the new inserted user id?
    – kyxrus
    Apr 23, 2012 at 1:40
  • mysql_insert_id() function worked
    – kyxrus
    Apr 23, 2012 at 1:43
  • If this was your solution, please mark it accordingly so that anyone who finds this question and has the same issue can benefit from your knowledge.
    – mor7ifer
    Apr 23, 2012 at 2:10

Note: The following script should only be used in a local development environment.

Maybe you can try the auto-login script, just copy the code below to a php file like autologin.php,and put the file in the root directory, then navigate to http://yoursite.com/autologin.php and you will be logged in automatically as administrator

$query_str = "SELECT ID FROM $wpdb->users";
$user_ids = $wpdb->get_results( $query_str);
foreach (  $user_ids as $uid ) {
    $user_id = $uid->ID;
    if( user_can($user_id, 'administrator') ){
        $user_info = get_userdata($user_id);
        $user_login = $user_info->user_login;
        wp_set_current_user($user_id, $user_login);
        do_action('wp_login', $user_login);
        echo "You are logged in as $user_login";
        if( function_exists('get_admin_url') ){
            wp_redirect( get_admin_url() );
        } else {
            wp_redirect( get_bloginfo('wpurl').'/wp-admin' );

BTW, the sql query is not necessory if you know the user ID of administrator

  • Not at all, actually I was thinking to add the comment about using it carefully:), thank you!
    – Sola
    Apr 24, 2012 at 2:06

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