Change and Reset MySQL root Password

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There are many ways to reset and change the root password for mySQL database, in the event that the password is forgotten or lost, or you simply want to make the password securer with complex algorithm and regular change. The following instructions explain in details the alternative way at the last part of the guide mentioned above, where no additional file needs to be created:

  1. Login as root to the Windows or Unix-like (Unix, Linux or BSD) machine with the MySQL server.
  2. Stop the MySQL server by using either of the following command:


    /etc/rc.d/init.d/mysql stop


    /usr/local/etc/rc.d/ stop
  3. Open the mysql server start-up script (i.e. or mysql which is the file executed to start or stop MySQL server).
  4. ADD –skip-grant-tables to the end of the line that contains the mysqld_safe command as its parameter.
  5. Start MySQL server with the following command:


    /etc/rc.d/init.d/mysql start


    /usr/local/etc/rc.d/ start
  6. Alternatively, start the MySQL server directly and skip the editing with the following command (if you’re using this step, you don’t need to modify the MySQL startup script):
    mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables &

    Depending on your path environment, you may need to point to the correct directory where mysqld_safe is instead.

  7. Run the following commands to login as the mysql user and connect to mysql user/permission database:
    # mysql -u root mysql
  8. Run the update queries to change the MySQL password:
    mysql> UPDATE user SET Password=PASSWORD('newrootpassword') WHERE User='root';

    Note: Replace newrootpassword with the new root password for MySQL server. Flush Privileges is needed to making the password change effect immediately.

  9. Exit mysql database client by typing exit.
  10. Stop MySQL server with commands listed at step 2.
  11. Open the mysql server startup script edit in step 3 again and REMOVE the –skip-grant-tables parameter that has been added.
  12. Start MySQL server by using command from step 5 or 6.

For Redhat Linux users, use the following instructions as the root user of Redhat Linux machine:

  1. Stop MySQL process by using command:
    # killall mysqld
  2. Start the MySQL server with following options:
    # /usr/libexec/mysqld -Sg --user=root &
  3. Start the MySQL client:
    # mysql

    You should see the following message:

    Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or g.
    Your MySQL connection id is 1 to server version: 3.xx.xx

    Type ‘help;’ or ‘h’ for help. Type ‘c’ to clear the buffer.


  4. Use mysql database:
    mysql> USE mysql 

    You should see the following message:

    Reading table information for completion of table and column names
    You can turn off this feature to get a quicker startup with -A

    Database changed

  5. Then, update the password for the root user with the following command:
    UPDATE user SET password=password("newpassword") WHERE user="root";

    Replace newpassword with your desired password. You should see the following message:

    Query OK, 2 rows affected (0.03 sec)
    Rows matched: 2 Changed: 2 Warnings: 0

    Rows affected may be different, but the Query OK should be there.

  6. Flush the database privileges to reload it in order to make the changes effective:
    mysql> flush privileges; 

    You should get the following result:

    Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.02 sec)

  7. Exit the MySQL client by typing exit.
  8. Kill the MySQL server process by typing killall mysqld.
  9. Then start MySQL again:
    /etc/init.d/mysqld start

By | 2016-12-09T08:42:30+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Categories: Databases|Tags: |10 Comments

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  • Rajesh Cheethirala

    On ubuntu, command is mysqld_safe –-skip-grant-tables &

    Extra dash is required so mysql can parse it correctly.

  • trail

    worked for me on ubuntu, in just one line:

    sudo dpkg-reconfigure mysql-server-5.0

  • ap

    @trail: Worked like a charm, thanks!

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  • Matt J.

    I see it worked under Ubuntu for 'trail', but it did not work for me.

    On the contrary: even after following Rajesh's suggestion to use "–skip-grant-tables" instead of "-skip-grant-tables", even after correcting the erroneous reference to "/etc/rc.d/init.d" for Linux (my Ubuntu has no such directory, it has only "/etc/init.d/") I get strange error messages by the time I get to step 7.

    It seems either one of two things goes wrong. Either 1) the server process starts, then soon dies or 2) if it finds the process running at all, it still gives me "ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denies for 'root'@'localhost' (using password: NO)"

    What has my even more baffled is that I get this last message when trying to start and stop mysql!

    Finally, the instructions to edit mysql are highly misleading: one cannot put "–skip-grant-tables" at the END of the line, since the line ends with redirection and '&'. The line now reads:

    "/usr/bin/mysqld_safe –skip-grant-tables > /dev/null 2>&1 &"

    I am running the very latest released Ubuntu, with all updates as of yesterday.

  • naushien

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  • Erik Lomas

    for benefit of anyone else struggling with this, I had to make two deviations to instructions:

    Step 2) correct command for my configuration was, "/etc/init.d/mysql stop" not "/etc/rc.d/init.d/mysql stop"

    Step 5) Remember to change quotation marks if you're pasting directly into terminal, otherwise you'll get syntax error.

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