How to find the Direct Admin(DA) admin’s password – command line option

It is very simple, if you have an option to login to the server as root user.
In a direct admin server, the Admin details are saved in a file ‘/usr/local/directadmin/scripts/setup.txt’. That’s why, we can find-out the login credentials simply from the command line. Here I am using the “grep” command to find the admin password from ‘/usr/local/directadmin/scripts/setup.txt‘


Step 1 : Login to server as root user.
Step 2 : Execute the following command;

grep adminpass /usr/local/directadmin/scripts/setup.txt


root@kelvinox:~# grep adminpass /usr/local/directadmin/scripts/setup.txt

Done..! You may use the cat command to find all information from the setup file.


root@kelvinox:~# cat /usr/local/directadmin/scripts/setup.txt
adminpass=OMLjpzVBrrR  Mask

That’s it 🙂 🙂


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Arunlal Ashok

DevOps (Server & Cloud infrastructure) Engineer. I'm dealing Linux servers since 2012. I started this blog to share and discuss my ideas. Always happy for an open discussion! Write to arun (@) crybit (dot) com

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4 Responses

  1. loxar says:

    hey how to write the code /grep adminpass /usr/local/directadmin/scripts/setup.txt

    i mean starting /grep….or ~#grep……

  2. florian says:

    If I run kali linux as a bootable usb can I use thise code to discover windows of the pc password?If I don’t any ways to find out ?

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