Manage system passwords

At the end of the Elastic Cloud Enterprise installation process on the first host, you are provided with the URL and user credentials for the administration console users admin and readonly. You use this information to log into the Cloud UI. Both users can access all parts of the Cloud UI, but only the admin user can make changes. We recommend that you keep this information secure.

Retrieve user passwords

If you need to retrieve the system passwords at a later point, you can issue one of the following commands from the first host you installed on (requires that you have jq installed).

If you specified a different host storage path during installation, change /mnt/data/elastic to the path your installation is using. These commands require that the secrets file exists on the host where you run the command. (Don’t have a secrets file? You can also reset the passwords.)

To retrieve the password for the admin user:

jq -r '.adminconsole_root_password' /mnt/data/elastic/bootstrap-state/bootstrap-secrets.json

To retrieve the password for the readonly user:

jq -r '.adminconsole_readonly_password' /mnt/data/elastic/bootstrap-state/bootstrap-secrets.json

You access the Cloud UI on port 12400 or port 12443 at IP address of the first host you installed on (https://192.168.50.10:12443, for example).

Reset user passwords

You might need to reset the Cloud UI passwords for one of the following reasons:

  • To change the passwords for the admin and readonly users after installing Elastic Cloud Enterprise or periodically as part of your standard operating procedures.
  • To reset passwords if you think they might have become compromised.

The passwords for these users are stored in /mnt/data/elastic/bootstrap-state/bootstrap-secrets.json along with other secrets (unless you specified a different host storage path).

To reset the password for the user admim on the administration console based on the secrets in /mnt/data/elastic/bootstrap-state/bootstrap-secrets.json:

bash elastic-cloud-enterprise.sh reset-adminconsole-password --user admin

To reset the password for the admin user if no secrets file exists:

bash elastic-cloud-enterprise.sh reset-adminconsole-password

For additional usage examples, see elastic-cloud-enterprise.sh reset-adminconsole-password Reference.