Set / Change / Reset the MySQL root password on Ubuntu Linux

@mit $ingh. October 13, 2016 Comments

Tested on
- Ubuntu Linux 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon and MySQL 5.0.45. (2007-10-21)
- Ubuntu Linux 6.06 Dapper Drake and MySQL 4.1.15.

Set / change / reset the MySQL root password on Ubuntu Linux. Enter the following lines in your terminal.

1. Stop the MySQL Server.

sudo /etc/init.d/mysql stop

2. Start the mysqld configuration.

sudo mysqld --skip-grant-tables &

3. Login to MySQL as root.

mysql -u root mysql

4. Replace YOUR OLD PASSWORD with your new password!

UPDATE user SET Password=PASSWORD('YOURNEWPASSWORD') WHERE User='root'; 
FLUSH PRIVILEGES; 
exit;

 

Note: This method is not regarded as the securest way of resetting the password. However it works.


References

MySQL 5.0 Reference Manual: How to Reset the Root Passwor

 

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