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WP Password Generator

WP Password Generator takes the hassle out of creating new WordPress users by generating random, secure passwords with one click.

How does the plugin generate passwords?

WP Password Generator un-obtrusively injects a "Generate Password" button into /wp-admin/user-new.php. When the button is clicked, an Ajax call is fired off to /wp-content/plugins/wp-password-generator/wp-password-generator.php, which returns a randomly-generated password.

As of version 2.2, WP Password Generator calls the pluggable wp_generate_password() function (which is the same function WordPress uses to create new passwords for users who have clicked "Forgot password?"). This function can be overridden in a theme or plugin, if desired (see "Can I change the way my passwords are generated?" below).

Is there anything to configure?

Not directly, but as of version 2.2 the plugin uses the pluggable wp_generate_password() function. If a developer chooses to override the function, the passwords created by the plugin will use the same methods and rules applied to passwords created through the "Forgot password?" tool. Minimum and maximum password lengths can also be set in the wp_options table (one row with the key of wp-password-generator-opts), though there is no dedicated settings page for these values (by default, passwords are between 7-16 characters) and they should suffice for 99% of users.

Can I change the way my passwords are generated?

Since version 2.2 WP Password Generator has used the pluggable function wp_generate_password() to handle the actual generation of passwords. This switch a) kept the codebase more DRY and b) allows users to easily override the generator logic without editing core or plugin files.

The default generator looks something like this and can be found in wp-includes/pluggable.php (line 1478 in core version 3.3.2):

    if ( !function_exists('wp_generate_password') ) :
     * Generates a random password drawn from the defined set of characters.
     * @since 2.5
     * @param int $length The length of password to generate
     * @param bool $special_chars Whether to include standard special characters. Default true.
     * @param bool $extra_special_chars Whether to include other special characters. Used when
     *   generating secret keys and salts. Default false.
     * @return string The random password
    function wp_generate_password( $length = 12, $special_chars = true, $extra_special_chars = false ) {
        $chars = 'abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ0123456789';
        if ( $special_chars )
            $chars .= '!@#$%^&*()';
        if ( $extra_special_chars )
            $chars .= '-_ []{}<>~`+=,.;:/?|';

        $password = '';
        for ( $i = 0; $i < $length; $i++ ) {
            $password .= substr($chars, wp_rand(0, strlen($chars) - 1), 1);

        // random_password filter was previously in random_password function which was deprecated
        return apply_filters('random_password', $password);

To overwrite the default behavior, simply create a function named wp_generate_password() in your theme's functions.php file. WordPress will then substitute your theme's wp_generate_password() for the default.

You can also adjust the arguments passed to wp_generate_password() via the wp_password_generator_args filter. For example, you could require 16 character passwords with the following:

     * Set the length of generated passwords from WP Password Generator to 16 characters
     * @param array $args Default arguments
     * @return array
    function mysite_set_password_requirements( $args ) {
        $args['length'] = 16;
        return $args;
    add_action( 'wp_password_generator_args', 'mysite_set_password_requirements' );

Can I use WP Password Generator to change existing users' passwords?

As of version 2.5 the "Generate Password" button has been added to the profile/user edit pages.

Does the plugin work with WordPress Multisite?

WordPress Multisite already generates random passwords for new Multisite users so WP Password Generator isn't necessary in Multisite installations.

Requires: 4.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.3.7
Last Updated: 1 year ago
Active Installs: 2,000+


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