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Closed 8 months ago

Last modified 7 months ago

#8296 closed enhancement (duplicate)

Auto generate password for new user

Reported by: AaronCampbell Owned by: jamierumbelow
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Users Keywords:
Focuses: Cc:


It would be nice to have a button that generates a random password to use when you're creating a new user account in the admin section

Attachments (4)

8296.diff (2.0 KB) - added by solarissmoke 3 years ago.
8296-1.diff (1.7 KB) - added by ericlewis 21 months ago.
Updated version of solarissmoke's implementation, as the current doesn't apply cleanly. Remove AJAX dependency.
8296.2.diff (3.1 KB) - added by SergeyBiryukov 21 months ago.
8296.2.png (13.5 KB) - added by SergeyBiryukov 21 months ago.

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Change History (29)

comment:1 jamierumbelow5 years ago

  • Owner changed from anonymous to jamierumbelow

Good idea - I'll write a patch.

comment:2 FFEMTcJ5 years ago

  • Milestone changed from 2.8 to Future Release

comment:5 Denis-de-Bernardy5 years ago

  • Component changed from Administration to Users

comment:6 cnorris234 years ago

  • Cc cnorris23+wordpress@… added

solarissmoke3 years ago

comment:8 solarissmoke3 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch added; needs-patch removed

Patch adds a "generate random password" button to the add user section.

It uses ajax to call wp_generate_password(). We could quite easily generate a password with JS only, but I figured that we should allow the filter in wp_generate_password() to be applied. Open to other opinions however.

comment:9 solarissmoke3 years ago

PS I haven't added the password generator to user-edit.php on the basis that you would typically want something random only when it is going to be emailed to the user for first use.

Adding a random password generator to user-edit.php feels like asking for trouble, because you just know someone will hit "update" without taking note of the random password.

comment:10 nacin3 years ago

#9210 has a JS version of wp_generate_password() from sivel.

comment:11 follow-up: westi3 years ago

Why not just have a check box to send a random password to the user - no need for js or anything?

comment:12 solarissmoke3 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch removed

That makes sense. Would it be going too far to just remove the manual password altogether and force a random password?

comment:13 aaroncampbell3 years ago

I'd be happy with "Leave blank to have a password randomly generated" although that doesn't make a lot of sense unless you've also checked the box to "Send this password to the new user by email."

comment:14 billerickson3 years ago

  • Cc bill.erickson@… added

comment:15 williamsba121 months ago

  • Cc brad@… added

comment:16 in reply to: ↑ 11 ericlewis21 months ago

Replying to westi:

Why not just have a check box to send a random password to the user - no need for js or anything?

Is there a large enough user population that has JS disabled, so things like this should be baked into PHP where possible?

The JS fix seems like it would fit in best as far as UX goes.

Last edited 21 months ago by ericlewis (previous) (diff)

ericlewis21 months ago

Updated version of solarissmoke's implementation, as the current doesn't apply cleanly. Remove AJAX dependency.

comment:17 aaroncampbell21 months ago

  • Cc aaroncampbell added

I definitely like the first patch better (even if it needs a refresh). Using wp_generate_password() which allows filtering makes this more useful (especially on enterprise sites with specific password requirements)

SergeyBiryukov21 months ago

SergeyBiryukov21 months ago

comment:18 SergeyBiryukov21 months ago

8296.2.diff is the refreshed AJAX implementation. "Send this password to the new user by email" is checked automatically when the button is pressed.

Screenshot: 8296.2.png

comment:19 williamsba121 months ago

I'd love a way to see the password that was generated. There are many occasions when I'm creating accounts for users and I need a record of the password on their account.

comment:20 billerickson21 months ago

+1 to Brad's comment. Having the ability to view the randomly generated password when created is definitely useful.

When I send a site to a client for review, I create their user, give it a random password, and email their login information along with a lot of other information.

comment:21 williamsba121 months ago

A good UI example of this is the cPanel password generator. A simple lightbox opens when you click to generate a password shown here:


comment:22 wedi8 months ago

Right now I'm using this plugin which does it's job great.

Last edited 8 months ago by wedi (previous) (diff)

comment:23 helen8 months ago

  • Milestone changed from Future Release to 3.7

Seems like this probably goes hand-in-hand with #24633.

comment:24 wedi8 months ago

  • Resolution set to duplicate
  • Status changed from new to closed

Duplicate of #24633.

comment:25 SergeyBiryukov7 months ago

  • Milestone 3.7 deleted
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