change mysql password

Stop the MySQL service

(Ubuntu and Debian) Run the following command:

sudo /etc/init.d/mysql stop

(CentOS, Fedora, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux) Run the following command:

sudo /etc/init.d/mysqld stop

Start MySQL without a password

Run the following command. The ampersand (&) at the end of the command is required.

sudo mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables &

Connect to MySQL

Run the following command:

mysql -uroot

Set a new MySQL root password

Run the following command:

use mysql;

update user set authentication_string=PASSWORD("mynewpassword") where User='root';

flush privileges;

quit

Stop and start the MySQL service

(Ubuntu and Debian) Run the following commands:

sudo /etc/init.d/mysql stop
...
sudo /etc/init.d/mysql start

(CentOS, Fedora, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux) Run the following commands:

sudo /etc/init.d/mysqld stop
...
sudo /etc/init.d/mysqld start

Log in to the database

Test the new password by logging in to the database.

mysql -u root -p

Enter your new password when prompted.


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