Recover MySQL root Password

1. Stop the MySQL server.

# /etc/init.d/mysql stop

2. Start the MySQL server process with the –skip-grant-tables option so that it will not prompt for password.

# mysqld_safe –skip-grant-tables &

3. Connect to mysql server as the root.

# mysql -u root

mysql password
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Welcome to the MySQL monitor….
Type ‘help;’ or ‘\h’ for help. Type ‘\c’ to clear the buffer.

4. Setup new mysql root account password i.e. reset mysql password.

mysql> use mysql;
mysql> update user set password=PASSWORD(“NEW-PASSWORD”) where User=’root’;
mysql> flush privileges;
mysql> quit

5. Exit and restart the MySQL server.

# /etc/init.d/mysql stop

6. Start MySQL server.

# /etc/init.d/mysql start
# mysql -u root -p