Decode / Recover Dreamweaver Password
Occasionally I have found that I loose my ftp password to gain access to a remote web server, only to have Dreamweaver as the only means available to access the server. Dreamweaver obviously knows the password, but it cannot be cut and paste from the site settings and it is hard to find. If you export the site as a ste file and open it using a text editor, then you can see the password.
Unfortunately the password in the ste file is encrypted as I found after assuming it was literal text and trying it many many times. There is a way the decode it (above) to allow you to use your password elsewhere again.
- A text editor, such as notepad
How To Use
Export the site in question as a ste file. Open Dreamweaver, and choose Site > Edit Sites.
Select the website in question and then click Export
Select the backup my settings option, then click OK
Save the ste file to a temporary location, such as your desktop
Open the ste file in a text editor
look for the text along the lines of
copy the text that appears instead of ***PASSWORD*** and paste the password above on this page, then click Convert to recover it.
Further Uses and Ideas:
- Another way to get your coded password is to look under UserPW key in your registry ....
Dreamweaver MX 2004
A different algorithm is used in the registry for Dreamweaver 8. Use the exported site definition to obtain the encrypted password.
Comments For This Page
Saved my Insanity - THANK YOU
By Chota on 1st May 2018
Thank you so much for this! Your are a savior :)
By Natasja on 29th December 2017
Thank you! Worked a treat.
By Rob on 12th November 2017
This still works perfectly in Dreamweaver CC2017.5
Saved my Sunday!
Thanks! TonyB 9-17-17 Philadelphia
By Tony Buford on 17th September 2017
Hi Rich, So you only see pw="" in the STE file? Does it have an empty password or did the export include the password settings?
You can make a new FTP login via your web host as this is where it is derived from.
By Daft Logic on 10th April 2017
I tried this but nothing appears in the quotes. All I get is pw="" Is there a way to make a new login and password?
By Rich Reed on 9th April 2017
Thank you SOOOO much!
By Sarah on 8th August 2016
Awesome!!!!! I have some old sites stored away in DW and suddenly needed the password to a site which I didn't have stored anyway but in an STE file. This little script totally saved the day and hours of agony. Thanks!
On 11th July 2016
On 13th June 2016
Yes, you have a fair point. Unfortunately there is no means to do this offline.
The only comment is you are making available the password. There is no other information to say who you are or what site its for. Once recovered, you can change it as well.
By Daft Logic on 17th January 2016
I find it silly to enter my password on a web site, pardon my logic. Is there a way to decrypt it offline at my PC?
On 17th January 2016
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By nabi on 10th November 2015
Still works after all these years! Thank you yet again.
By fehmann on 7th November 2015
By Leo haitam on 7th November 2015
Thanks! Finally able to use other software than Dreamweaver. Grazie mille!
By Roberto on 7th November 2015
Still using an old version of Dreamweaver, I located the User PW in the Registry (HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Macromedia/Dreamweaver 3/Sites) and used your utility to recover the password! Thank you!!
On 2nd September 2015
By P hiddy on 19th August 2015
thank you I used the page one more time great resource
By Mau on 8th April 2015
Used this page numerous times. Great resource thanks.
On 25th February 2015
Thanks a ton! I was dreading having to call my client to see if they had their password written down anywhere.
By Mark on 21st February 2015
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By konuko on 5th January 2015
Works for me - thanks!!
By Wayne Wagener on 12th December 2014
Nice one, had old client that needed work and we couldnt find the login details.
On 1st December 2014
By RP on 7th November 2014
Thanks! I needed this
By Ian on 21st October 2014
Easy to follow and worked perfectly. I had fought with this for hours. It only took 2 minutes with your help. Thank you!
By Bruce2 on 19th August 2014
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