Contao Login Tutorial

To login to the backend of your Contao website, the url is typically the domain/contao.  For example:  http://yourdomain.com/contao/. You will see a screen for the Back-end login:

Type in the user name for the administrator and the corresponding password.  Change the language if necessary.  Click on LOGIN once the user name and password have been entered.

A successful login will lead you to access the back-end modules.

If you are unable to login, you will see a LOGIN FAILED message on the login screen.

You will want to read:

Contao user management tutorial
How to create a menu in the Contao cms

How to login to the frontend in Contao


The front-end of the CMS is used to share information or content with registered and non-registered users of the website.  Logging in as a registered user will allow access depending upon the access rights granted to the user by the administrator.  The following article shows how to login to the front end of the Contao CMS.

    Type in the URL to get to the front-end login window.
    Type in the User name and password.
    Click on  LOGIN in order to get into the website's front end.

If you are already logged to the backend, then you need first to logout before you login in to the frontend.

Also read:
Contao user management tutorial
How to create a menu in the Contao cm

Resetting an Administrator Password for Contao

A common technical support issue which support receives quite often is how to recovery of a lost password for the Contao backend.  Recovering a lost password for Contao requires that you have access to a database utility and the database in which the password resides.  We shall now look at how to recover or reset the Contao Administrator password using phpMyAdmin.

    Login to the Cpanel
    Go to the Database section and select phpMyAdmin.  You will then find the database for your Contao installation.  When you have located your database, look for the table labeled tl_user. 

    Click on the table and it will open up

Note that you may need to find the admin user based on the user name (if you know it).  If you do NOT know the Administrator's user name, you can also look for the column ID ADMIN - if there is a value of 1 in the field, then that user is an Administrator. Once you have found your administrator user, click on EDIT (at the beginning of the line) in order to change the password for the admin user.

    Scroll down the list of values assigned to the user name until you find the column ID labeled PASSWORD. Proceed to change the password.

    As per the steps listed above:  1) Click in the field with the old encoded password and type in a new password (it will appear un-encoded), then 2)Click on the drop-down menu and select the SHA1 encryption option.

    The last part requires that you scroll down to the bottom
    Click on GO in order to save the changes.

Using The Encrypted Password Recovery Method

As per the Contao documentation, you can also use the following encrypted password if you're still having issues recovering the password:

8e0107bf1c7fbeef6538dff7173aa458e7dd585e:8c37627a0e2c606189e7765

You use the same steps to find the administrator and password above, then copy and paste the value into the database field for the password.  The encrypted password is:  reset123. 

You should be able to log back into the Contao Back end with that change and then immediately RESET the password by editing the user.

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