Recover FTP password

by James Cook on April 28, 2009

More Dreamweaver Recovery Tips: Recover Dreamweaver Template | Recover Dreamweaver Site Definitions

I always warn my Dreamweaver students not to save their FTP password with their site information if they are working a public computer. If they do, anyone with access to the computer will have access to their website. In addition, the password encryption that Dreamweaver uses isn't very secure. So a stranger could not only access your site but also "borrow" your password and access your site later from a different computer.

While that seems like an oversight on the part of Adobe, it can also be a convenience if - like me - you ever need to recover a password and the only place you've saved it is in Dreamweaver. To make the recovery process easy, Apptools provides an easy to use recovery tool on their site. Here's how to use it:

  1. Export your site settings
    1. Select the Site>Manage Sites… menu option
    2. In the Manage Sites dialog, click the Export… button
    3. Make sure the "Backup my settings" option is selected and click OK
    4. Save your definitions as a .ste fie
  2. In a text editor
    1. Open the site definitions (xxxx.ste) file
    2. Locate the text string: pw="encrypted password here"
    3. Copy the letters and numbers between the quotes
  3. Go to
    1. Paste the code into the Encrypted Password field at the bottom of the page
    2. Click the Get Password button

That's it, you should be looking at your recovered password.

Troy Tabor April 15, 2013 at 11:24 am

Try this one out too! You can drag-drop one or more .ste files into the page, and you get all the info you need!


parth December 1, 2012 at 8:30 am

it is very usefull for me
it is very very very cool idea to recover FTP password
thank you very much

Lisa July 24, 2012 at 6:58 am

Thanks! You have saved my life!

Chris April 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm

This is really useful, thank you DWCourse. I thought I could simply Export my site definitions and load them into Dw on my other computer but I kept running into the Invalid Password problem. Thank you again.

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