Umbraco 8 Reset back office password on local

Since Umbraco 7.7, gone are the old ways you can reset your password by simply updating directly against the DB. Clear passwords no longer works and the admin tool created for easily doing this needs an update too since time of writing this post.

Here’s what you can do in the mean time if you can’t get into the back office and your password isn’t working on your local.

  1. Get an SMTP server. I personally use SendGrid on Azure. It’s free and easy to setup. Have the server, username and password ready to use once it’s done.
  2. Update the web.config with the following:
    <smtp deliveryMethod="Network" from="">
    <network defaultCredentials="false" 
             host="<smtp server" port="587" 
             userName="" />


  3. Spin up the site the forgotten password link should appear underneath the login screen.Login Screen:
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Any issues, give me a shout and I’d be happy to help out.

Published by Surjit

EPiServer Technical Architect & Founder of Hidden Foundry

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