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Getting the application user name and password for your 'Powered by Bitnami' instance in Amazon Lightsail

Last updated: July 26, 2019

Bitnami provides many of the application instance images, or blueprints, that you can create as Amazon Lightsail instances, which are your virtual private servers. These blueprints are described as “Powered by Bitnami” in the instance creation page in the Lightsail console.

After you create an instance using a “Powered by Bitnami” blueprint, you sign in and administer it. To do this, you must get the default user name and password for the application and/or database running on the instance. This article shows you how to obtain the information necessary to sign in and administer Lightsail instances created from the following blueprints:

  • WordPress blogging and content management application

  • WordPress Multisite blogging and content management application with support for multiple websites on the same instance

  • LAMP development stack (PHP 7)

  • Node.js development stack

  • Joomla content management application

  • Magento e-Commerce application

  • MEAN development stack

  • Drupal content management application

  • GitLab CE repository application

  • Redmine project management application

  • Nginx (LEMP) development stack

Get the default Bitnami application and database user name

These are the default application and database user names for Lightsail instances created using the Bitnami blueprints:

Note

Not all Bitnami blueprints include an application or a database. The user name is listed as not applicable (N/A) when these are not included in the blueprint.

  • WordPress, including WordPress Multisite

    • Application user name: user

    • Database user name: root

  • LAMP stack (PHP 5 and PHP 7)

    • Application user name: N/A

    • Database user name: root

  • Node.js

    • Application user name: N/A

    • Database user name: N/A

  • Joomla

    • Application user name: user

    • Database user name: root

  • Magento

    • Application user name: user

    • Database user name: root

  • MEAN

    • Application user name: N/A

    • Database user name: root

  • Drupal

    • Application user name: user

    • Database user name: root

  • GitLab CE

    • Application user name: user

    • Database user name: postgres

  • Redmine

    • Application user name: user

    • Database user name: root

  • Nginx

    • Application user name: N/A

    • Database user name: root

Get the default Bitnami application and database password

The default application and database password are stored on your instance. You retrieve it by connecting to it using the browser-based SSH terminal in the Lightsail console and running a special command.

    To get the default Bitnami application and database password

  1. Sign in to the Lightsail console.

  2. If you haven't already, create an instance using a “Powered by Bitnami” blueprint. For more information, see Create an Amazon Lightsail VPS

  3. On the Lightsail home page, choose the quick connect icon for the instance you want to connect to.

    Open the browser-based SSH client with quick connect.

    The browser-based SSH client window opens, as shown in the following example.

    Browser-based SSH client in Lightsail.
  4. Type the following command to retrieve the default application password:

    cat bitnami_application_password

    Note

    If you're in a directory other than the user home directory, then type cat $HOME/bitnami_application_password.

    You should see a response similar to this, which contains the application password:

    Bitnami default application password.
  5. In the terminal screen, highlight the password, then choose the clipboard icon in the bottom right corner of the browser-based SSH client window.

  6. In the clipboard text box, highlight the text you want to copy, then press Ctrl+C or Cmd+C to copy the text to your local clipboard.

    Browser-based SSH client clipboard text box.

    Important

    Make sure to save your password somewhere at this time. You can later change it to something that's easier to remember.

Sign in to the Bitnami application on your instance

For instances created from the WordPress, Joomla, Magento, Drupal, GitLab CE, and Redmine blueprints, sign in to the application by browsing to the public IP address of your instance.

    To sign in to the Bitnami application

  1. In a browser window, navigate to the public IP address for your instance.

    The Bitnami application home page opens. The home page displays according to the Bitnami blueprint you chose for your instance. For example, this is the WordPress application home page:

    The Bitnami application home page for WordPress.
  2. Choose the Bitnami logo at the bottom right corner of the application home page to go to the application information page.

    Note

    The GitLab CE application doesn't display a Bitnami logo. Instead, sign in using the user name and password text fields displayed on the GitLab CE home page.

    The application information page contains the default user name and a link to the login page for the application on your instance.

    Bitnami application information page.
  3. Choose the login link on the page to go to the log in page for the application on your instance.

  4. Type the user name and the password you just acquired, then choose Log In.

    The log in page for WordPress.

Next steps

Use the following links to learn more about the Bitnami blueprints and view their tutorials. For example, you can install plugins or enable HTTPS support with SSL certificates for your WordPress instance.

For more information, see Get Started with Bitnami Applications using Amazon Lightsail or Using Amazon Lightsail FAQ.