Lost MySQL Admin Password

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I lost mysql admin (root user) password. How do I reset a lost MySQL admin (root) password under UNIX or Linux or BSD operating systems?

Type the following commands. First, stop current MySQL database server:
/etc/init.d/mysql stop
/etc/init.d/mysqld stop
/usr/local/etc/rc.d/mysql-server stop

Now, start mysql server without password so that you can restart the password:
mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables &
Login without a password, enter:
mysql -u root
Finally, setup a new MySQL root user password, enter::

USE mysql;
FLUSH privileges;

Replace NEW-ROOT-PASSWORD with actual password you want to use. Restart running mysql server:
/etc/init.d/mysql restart
Test it:
mysql -u root -p

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

2 comment

  1. sir would you help me sir , i have problem with using ubuntu
    its my brother 6years old have changing my user privileges and set its none , i also cant goes as a root ,(crying)ehm i dont know how to set it back also i cant us my password in terminal to sudo su , its wont work did you know how i can get its back without reinstalling ?
    please help me sir

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