Noting this here for my own reference, and any other lemmy server admins that don’t happen to be database administrators by day 🙂

I am not a DBA, if I’m doing something bad/incorrect here… please post! Yes, I’ve reset the password and TOTP token on the example account below.

2FA flags are stored in the local_user table, however that does not show usernames. To find the person_id for the user account you want to disable 2FA for, you’ll need to check the person table. I’ll use my test account here as an example:

SELECT * from person where name = 'guineapig' and local = 't';


Note the number 781227, this is the person_id for this account on my instance. To confirm:
SELECT * from local_user where person_id = '781227';

Yep, the 2FA string has the expected username in it. Now to disable 2FA on the account we need to NULL out both totp_2fa_url and totp_2fa_secret rows:

UPDATE local_user  
SET totp_2fa_url = NULL  
WHERE person_id = 781227;  
UPDATE local_user
SET totp_2fa_secret = NULL
WHERE person_id = 781227;

Should give output like this:

And checking the local_user table again, both TOTP fields should be empty:

  • @[email protected]
    14 months ago

    Thanks so much for this! It saved me, as I got locked out by accidentally disabling 2fa and then re-enabling it from account settings, which seemed to nuke the original settings.

    Speaking of which, it no longer offers me a setup link as once before. So, I cannot set up 2fa again. Unless you might know a way? Thanks

  • @czan
    19 months ago

    If you wanted to do it in one query I think you could do something like

    UPDATE local_user AS u
      SET u.totp_2fa_url = null,
          u.totp_2fa_secret = null
     FROM person AS p
    WHERE = u.person_id
      AND p.local
      AND = 'guineapig';

    I assume the p.local is optional, too, because the id match against the local_user table will presumably limit it to only local users. 🤷