Securing OpenCart

How to rename admin folder name in OpenCart 1.5 & vQmod?

To make it a little more difficult for hackers to attack your OpenCart Dashboard & Admin area, changing the admin folder URL is a basic security practice. Learn how to rename admin folder url to prevent unwanted hack attempts from discovering the login page and other resources.

Once you follow the steps below to rename the admin folder name to for eg. “rocketscience”, your OpenCart store will be accessible at instead of

Steps to Change OpenCart 1.5 Admin Dashboard URL

  1. Log into your hosting account cPanel, or FTP
  2. Navigate to the folder containing the “admin” folder. It is usually the “public_html” or “/var/www/html” folders.
  3. Right click on the “admin” folder and choose the “rename” option from the dropdown
  4. Enter the new folder name for the “admin” folder. Use an un-common name which is hard to guess and completely unrelated to your business.  (For eg: “STA22R1”, “ROCKETSCIENCE74851”)
  5. Now, edit the /admin/config.php and replace ALL instances of the word ‘admin’ with the new folder name you have chosen in the above step.
    // HTTP
    define('HTTP_SERVER', '');
    define('HTTP_CATALOG', '');
    // HTTPS
    define('HTTPS_SERVER', '');
    define('HTTPS_CATALOG', '');
    // DIR
    define('DIR_APPLICATION', '/home/example/public_html/opencart/admin/');
    define('DIR_SYSTEM', '/home/example/public_html/opencart/system/');
    define('DIR_DATABASE', '/home/example/public_html/opencart/system/database/');
    define('DIR_LANGUAGE', '/home/example/public_html/opencart/admin/language/');
    define('DIR_TEMPLATE', '/home/example/public_html/opencart/admin/view/template/');
    define('DIR_CONFIG', '/home/example/public_html/opencart/system/config/');
    define('DIR_IMAGE', '/home/example/public_html/opencart/image/');
    define('DIR_CACHE', '/home/example/public_html/opencart/system/cache/');
    define('DIR_DOWNLOAD', '/home/example/public_html/opencart/download/');
    define('DIR_LOGS', '/home/example/public_html/opencart/system/logs/');
    define('DIR_CATALOG', '/home/example/public_html/opencart/catalog/');
    // DB
    define('DB_DRIVER', 'mysql');
    define('DB_HOSTNAME', 'localhost');
    define('DB_USERNAME', 'username_example');
    define('DB_PASSWORD', 'password');
    define('DB_DATABASE', 'username_example');
    define('DB_PREFIX', 'oc_');
  6. If you are using vQmod, you will have to update the pathReplaces.php file, located in the /vqmod directory. The code to rename the ‘admin’ folder should already be there. It would be similar to the code shown below:
    $replaces[] = array('~^admin\b~', 'backend'); // This replaces the admin directory name to backend in all VQMod xmls automatically
    // END REPLACES //
  7. Replace the word ‘backend‘ with the new folder name we have chosen in the above steps.


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