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Resetting mysql root password on Ubuntu

sudo /etc/init.d/mysql stop

Safe mode

Next we need to start MySQL in safe mode – that is to say, we will start MySQL but skip the user privileges table. Again, note that you will need to have sudo access for these commands so you don’t need to worry about any user being able to reset the MySQL root password:

sudo mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables &

Note: The ampersand (&) at the end of the command is required.


All we need to do now is to log into MySQL and set the password.

mysql -u root

Note: No password is required at this stage as when we started MySQL we skipped the user privileges table.

Next, instruct MySQL which database to use:

use mysql;

Reset Password

Enter the new password for the root user as follows:

update user set password=PASSWORD("mynewpassword") where User='root';

and finally, flush the privileges:

flush privileges;


Now the password has been reset, we need to restart MySQL by logging out:


and simply stopping and starting MySQL.

On Ubuntu and Debian:

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

On CentOS and Fedora and RHEL:

sudo /etc/init.d/mysqld stop
sudo /etc/init.d/mysql start

NOTE: The whole content is taken from http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/article/mysql-resetting-a-lost-mysql-root-password

Test the new password by logging in:

mysql -u root -p

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