How to store Database Passwords in encrypted format

This tutorial will show you how to use Softaculous to store database passwords in encrypted format.

Note: For all password encryption, a common salt is used, which is stored in the universal.php file on your server. The salt is required to decrypt the password, and if it is manually changed/removed from universal.php, all database password decryption for all server installations will fail.

Note that this setting will not update the database passwords of existing installations; it will only apply to new installations created after this setting is enabled. The database passwords for existing installations will continue to work unencrypted, and your installation/upgrades will not be affected.

Please do not delete the universal.php file or update the salt manually. universal.php is located at :


Login to Control Panel

Go to your Admin panel (e.g. WHM’s url will be and login with your root details. 
Navigate through WHM -> Plugins -> Softaculous Admin panel -> Settings
This will lead you to the Settings page in Softaculous Admin Panel.

Enable the Setting

  • Search for the Store Database Password in encrypted format setting. 
  • Select the checkbox next to the above setting.
  • Click on the “Edit Settings” button.
  • That’s it! All the database passwords generated from now will be stored in encrypted format.