Friday, June 29, 2012

How To Reset MySQL root Password

If  you forgot the root password of anyone of your MySQL servers !!! Then here is a quick howto  reset your MySQL root password. It does require root access on your server. You can recover MySQL database server password with following  steps :

Here are commands you need to follow to reset the MySql  Password (login as the root user):

Step # 1 : Stop mysql service

# /etc/init.d/mysql stop
Stopping MySQL database server: mysqld.

Step # 2: Start the MySQL (mysqld) server/daemon process with the --skip-grant-tables option so that it will not prompt for password :

# mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables &

[1] 5988
Starting mysqld daemon with databases from /var/lib/mysql
mysqld_safe[6025]: started

Step # 3: Connect to mysql server as the root user:

# mysql -u root

Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 1 to server version
Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the buffer.

Step # 4: Setup new mysql root account password i.e. reset mysql password

mysql> use mysql;
 mysql> update user set password=PASSWORD("NEW-ROOT-PASSWORD") where User='root';
 mysql> flush privileges;
 mysql> quit

Step # 5: Exit and restart the MySQL server:

# /etc/init.d/mysql stop

Stopping MySQL database server: mysqld
STOPPING server from pid file /var/run/mysqld/
mysqld_safe[9876]: ended
[1]+  Done                    mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables
Step # 6: Start MySQL server and test it

# /etc/init.d/mysql start
 # mysql -u root -p

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