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How to Reset MySQL Root Password

We will show you, how to reset MySQL root password. If you assigned a root password previously but have forgotten it, you can assign a new password.  Resetting  the root password of MySQL server, is fairly east task, and it can be accomplished in less then 10 minutes.

1.Login as root via ssh and stop the MySQL server.

debian-ubuntu#  /etc/init.d/mysql stop
centos-fedora#  /etc/init.d/mysqld stop

2. Start the MySQL server with “skip-grant-tables” option.

# mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables &

This will disable the MySQL authentication and run the process in the background.

3. Login to MySQL as root.

# mysql -u root mysql

4. Reset the MySQL password.


Replace NEW_PASSWORD with your new password!

5. After the password has been reset, start the MySQL server in normal mode.

debian-ubuntu#  /etc/init.d/mysql restart
centos-fedora#  /etc/init.d/mysqld restart

Now you can connect to MySQL as a root user using the new password.

Type “mysql -u root -p” in the terminal, and enter the password when prompted.

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