I am working on forgot password functionality. I use default sitecore user provider. How I can update user password programmatically?

Is it possible to change password by manipulation with object of Sitecore.Security.Accounts.User class?

  • Yes you can pass the Name property of the User object into the Membership.GetName(string) method. If that's what you mean. Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 9:54

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As you can't get the old password, you should use the reset functionality:

var user = System.Web.Security.Membership.GetUser(@"domain\username");
var oldPassword = user.ResetPassword();
var newPassword = "Mynewstrongpassword1!";
user.ChangePassword(oldPassword, newPassword);

To change the password, you need to work with the Membership user. But as Dražen mentioned, you can get use the Name property of the Sitecore.Security.Accounts.User object in the GetUser method.

  • what type of user?
    – Vlad
    Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 9:34
  • updated code example..
    – Gatogordo
    Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 9:38
  • thanks. can you please also provide answer to my second question?
    – Vlad
    Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 9:42
  • done - although Dražen already did too
    – Gatogordo
    Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 10:10

There is a way in case you need to build User Management tools for an internal support team. Let's say an admin needs to reset a password for a Content Author you can take advantage of Sitecore PowerShell Extensions.


Set-UserPassword -Identity michael -NewPassword pass123 -OldPassword b

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