Reset mysql password on linux

Simply change or reset your MySQL root password by doing the following:

  1. Stop the MySQL server

    sudo service mysql stop

  2. Start mysqld

    sudo mysqld --skip-grant-tables &

  3. Login to MySQL as root

    mysql -u root mysql

  4. Change MYSECRET with your new root password

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

  5. Kill mysqld

    sudo pkill mysqld

  6. Start mysql

    sudo service mysql start

  7. Login to phpmyadmin as root with your new password
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