How to recover root password in MySQL?


  1. As Linux system root user stop the database process: /etc/init.d/mysql stop
    (or: service mysql stop)
  2. Start MySQL in safe mode and skip the use of the “grant tables”: /usr/bin/mysqld_safe –user=mysql –socket=/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock –pid-file=/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.pid –datadir=/var/lib/mysql –skip-grant-tables –skip-networking &
  3. Reset the MySQL root password: mysqladmin -u root flush-privileges password newpassword
  4. Stop MySQL running in safe mode: kill `cat /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.pid`
  5. Start MySQL: /etc/init.d/mysql start
  6. The new MySQL root password can now be used: mysql -u root -p
    Respond withthe password: newpassword

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