Today I am going to share how to reset root password of MySQL/MariaDB.
Table of Contents
Step 1 : Stop Database Server
If you don’t know the database server (MySQL or MariaDB) of your server then you can see by typing this command:
To reset the root password, we need to stop the database server. Let’s do this by hitting this command:
# MySQL sudo systemctl stop mysql #MariaDB sudo systemctl stop mariadb
Step 2 : Change the Root Password
Start the database server without loading the grant tables:
sudo mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables --skip-networking &
Now login to MySQL server as root. It should not ask for password.
mysql -u root
After successfully login, type this command:
Now we are going to change the root password.
For MySQL 5.7.6, MariaDB 10.1.20 and newer version:
ALTER USER 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'NEW_PASSWORD';
For MySQL 5.7.5, MariaDB 10.1.20 and older version:
SET PASSWORD FOR 'root'@'localhost' = PASSWORD('NEW_PASSWORD');
NEW_PASSWORD should be your new password.
Step 3 : Restart the Database Server
After performing clean-up operations, we should run this command to exit smoothly:
# MySQL sudo kill `cat /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.pid` #MariaDB sudo kill `/var/run/mariadb/mariadb.pid`
Now restart the database server:
# MySQL sudo systemctl start mysql #MariaDB sudo systemctl start mariadb
Step 4 : Test the Password
We have successfully changed the root password. Now we are going to check the password is changed or not. Run this command:
mysql -u root -p
After hitting this, you will be asked for password. Now enter the newly changed password and you should gain access to the database server.
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