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Recover passwords from Plesk

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Consider the following scenario in a Plesk control panel.

You need to restore a ftp account password, or a Frontpage account password, or an email password, or a specific domain admin password.
But you can not reset the password.

Perform a backup of the effected domain and only backup the configuration. There is no need for the data. Once you have the backup, extract the corresponding XML file and open it up in your favorite text editor. The passwords contained are the passwords that Plesk is aware of.

If the password(s) were changed using an alternate method then the Plesk control panel, then the password(s) are not recoverable with this process and the only option is to reset the password(s).