Forgotten your MySQL root password? No problem!

I recently forgot the root password to a MySQL instance on one of my machines.

Follow this quick and easy guide for whenever this happens to you.

Stop MySQL

sudo service mysql stop

Start MySQL Safe Mode

sudo mysqld_safe –skip-grant-tables &

Login as Root (with no password)

mysql -uroot

Switch to the MySQL db, reset root’s password, flush and logout

USE mysql;
UPDATE user SET password=PASSWORD(“mynewpassword”) WHERE user=’root’;

Stop MySQL Safe Mode

sudo service mysql stop

Start MySQL normally

sudo service mysql start

And that’s it!

… And you’re done! Your root password is now whatever you set it to!

Note: Depending on your distribution, mysql start/stop commands may differ. However MySQL Safe Mode should be the same on any distribution.

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