How to reset MySQL root password ?

This page will help you to reset the root password of MYSQL database

Reset the Root Password

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Remember: if you have never assigned a root password for MySQL, the server does not require a password at all for connecting as root.
However, this is completely insecure !

I know the root password but need to change it

The SET PASSWORD syntax will help you :

SET PASSWORD [FOR user] = password_option

	password_option: {
	  | OLD_PASSWORD('auth_string')
	  | 'hash_string'
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I don't know / I forgot the root password - Windows and Linux

All you need to know is here, for Windows and Linux :

I don't know / I forgot the root password - Other systems

On any platform, you can reset the password using the mysql client :

  • Stop the MySQL server if necessary, then restart it with the --skip-grant-tables option. This enables anyone to connect without a password and with all privileges, and disables account-management statements such as SET PASSWORD. Because this is insecure, you might want to use --skip-grant-tables in conjunction with --skip-networking to prevent remote clients from connecting.
  • Connect to the MySQL server using the mysql client; no password is necessary because the server was started with --skip-grant-tables:
    shell> mysql
    In the mysql client, tell the server to reload the grant tables so that account-management statements work:
    Then change the 'root'@'localhost' account password. Replace the password with the password that you want to use. To change the password for a root account with a different host name part, modify the instructions to use that host name.
    mysql> SET PASSWORD FOR 'root'@'localhost' = PASSWORD('MyNewPass');
  • You should now be able to connect to the MySQL server as root using the new password. Stop the server and restart it normally (without the --skip-grant-tables and --skip-networking options).
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