Reset MySQL root password WITHOUT existing root password

  • Post last modified:August 1, 2015
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Sometimes, you may need to reset MySQL root password without existing root password on your web hosting server. You can reset the password by following the below steps:

[1] Stop the MySQL service from the server.

[2] Start the MySQL (mysqld) server/daemon process with the –skip-grant-tables option so that it will not prompt for password.

[3] Connect to mysql server as the root user. You can connect with GUI tool or from SSH or command line.

[4] Update MySQL root password using the following query:

UPDATE mysql.user SET Password=PASSWORD('MyNewPass') WHERE User='root';

Flush the privileges using the following query:


[5] Exit and restart the MySQL service.

For Linux servers, following are the complete steps with commands:

[1] Stop MySQL service:

# /etc/init.d/mysql stop

[2] Start MySQL with –skip-grant-tables:

# mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables

[3] Connect to MySQL server:

mysql -u root

[4] Set new MySQL root user password:

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

[5] Stop and start MySQL service:

# /etc/init.d/mysql stop
# /etc/init.d/mysql start

That’s it. Now, you should be able to access MySQL server using the root password specified in steps 4.

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