CognitoIdentityProvider / Client / admin_set_user_password



Sets the specified user’s password in a user pool as an administrator. Works on any user.

The password can be temporary or permanent. If it is temporary, the user status enters the FORCE_CHANGE_PASSWORD state. When the user next tries to sign in, the InitiateAuth/AdminInitiateAuth response will contain the NEW_PASSWORD_REQUIRED challenge. If the user doesn’t sign in before it expires, the user won’t be able to sign in, and an administrator must reset their password.

Once the user has set a new password, or the password is permanent, the user status is set to Confirmed.

AdminSetUserPassword can set a password for the user profile that Amazon Cognito creates for third-party federated users. When you set a password, the federated user’s status changes from EXTERNAL_PROVIDER to CONFIRMED. A user in this state can sign in as a federated user, and initiate authentication flows in the API like a linked native user. They can also modify their password and attributes in token-authenticated API requests like ChangePassword and UpdateUserAttributes. As a best security practice and to keep users in sync with your external IdP, don’t set passwords on federated user profiles. To set up a federated user for native sign-in with a linked native user, refer to Linking federated users to an existing user profile.


Amazon Cognito evaluates Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies in requests for this API operation. For this operation, you must use IAM credentials to authorize requests, and you must grant yourself the corresponding IAM permission in a policy.

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See also: AWS API Documentation

Request Syntax

response = client.admin_set_user_password(
  • UserPoolId (string) –


    The user pool ID for the user pool where you want to set the user’s password.

  • Username (string) –


    The username of the user that you want to query or modify. The value of this parameter is typically your user’s username, but it can be any of their alias attributes. If username isn’t an alias attribute in your user pool, this value must be the sub of a local user or the username of a user from a third-party IdP.

  • Password (string) –


    The password for the user.

  • Permanent (boolean) – True if the password is permanent, False if it is temporary.

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Response Syntax


Response Structure

  • (dict) –


  • CognitoIdentityProvider.Client.exceptions.ResourceNotFoundException

  • CognitoIdentityProvider.Client.exceptions.NotAuthorizedException

  • CognitoIdentityProvider.Client.exceptions.UserNotFoundException

  • CognitoIdentityProvider.Client.exceptions.InternalErrorException

  • CognitoIdentityProvider.Client.exceptions.TooManyRequestsException

  • CognitoIdentityProvider.Client.exceptions.InvalidParameterException

  • CognitoIdentityProvider.Client.exceptions.InvalidPasswordException