So I need to reduce the time after which the password-reset link expires, because right now it is either too long, or doesn't expire at all...

I tried looking up in System/Configuration/Admin... but f.e. in Security (as I saw an example) I don't have Password Lifetimeor Password Change fields. Actually - nothing connected to password.

So any suggestions ?

Update: I found another setting -> Recovery Link Expiration Period (days) in System/Configuration/Admin/Admin User Emails but the minimum is 1 day... and I need something like 2 minutes.

Is it possible to change it somehow through the DB with some query or with an installation script ? I mean - change the whole setting (to be in minutes, for example), but not only the number.

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    You don'T want to have 2 minutes. Some systems, especially if the mails are checked with 3 virus scanners can take up to 10min. If you only check the external SMTP every 10min, it can take up to 20min before the mail arrives. Just my 2 cents. Commented Oct 13, 2013 at 20:17

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To accomplish this you have to create your own extension and rewrite Mage_Admin_Model_User.

In your class you rewrite the method isResetPasswordLinkTokenExpired() and replace

    $dayDifference = floor(($currentTimestamp - $tokenTimestamp) / (24 * 60 * 60));
    if ($dayDifference >= $tokenExpirationPeriod) {
        return true;


    $minuteDifference = floor(($currentTimestamp - $tokenTimestamp) / 60);
    if ($minuteDifference >= $tokenExpirationPeriod) {
        return true;

You will also want to create your own system.xml file and change the option description from "Recovery Link Expiration Period (days)" to "Recovery Link Expiration Period (minutes)".

  • Could you please provide full path Commented Feb 1, 2019 at 2:46
  • The original file is located at app/code/core/Mage/Admin/Model/User.php. Don't edit the original file, but create your own extension and rewrite the model. Here is one example how to do this: inchoo.net/magento/… Commented Feb 2, 2019 at 7:14
  • Thx for your comments @Matthias but i did not found this file later realized that magento 1.7 and magento 2.* folder structure have been completely changed. Could you please guide me in it . I was able to change the text by changing in /vendor/magento/magento-backend/i18n/en_US.csv Commented Feb 4, 2019 at 19:01
  • Sorry, I don't have the answer at hand. Please post a new question for Magento 2, somebody should be able to help you pretty quickly. Commented Feb 5, 2019 at 20:14

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