Recover MySQL Root Password

How to recover a MySQL root password without a password.

  1. Stop MySQL.
  2. Start MySQL Safe Mode.
  3. Login to MySQL as root without password.
  4. Change root password.

# Stop MySQL.
service mysql stop
# MySQL Safe Mode.
mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables &
# Login to MySQL without password. Set new password.
mysql -u root -p
use mysql;
# For MySQL 5.6 or lower
UPDATE mysql.user SET Password=PASSWORD('newpassword') WHERE User='root';
# For MySQL 5.7 or higher
SET PASSWORD FOR 'root'@'localhost' = PASSWORD("newpassword");
# Kill mysqld
killall mysqld
# Restart MySQL
service mysql start

I ran into issues running MySQL Safe mode. I got a “UNIX socket file don’t exists” error. Here’s the fix.

mkdir -p /var/run/mysqld
chown mysql:mysql /var/run/mysqld

Change WordPress Password

One of the worst things that could happen to your blog is losing your login credentials. It’s a rare event, but it does happen occasionally. This is particularly true if you run hundreds of blogs and websites. Keeping track of all usernames and passwords can be a bit of a challenge.

If you have forgotten your WordPress password, you can quickly recover it, by using the “Lost your password” link underneath the login form. In my case, WordPress mail was not working. So, not only I can’t remember my password, but I also can’t send out lost passwords via email.

Thankfully, I had access to PHPMyadmin, a MySQL database administration tool.

Log in to PHPMyadmin. Access the WordPress database and look for the wp_users table. Edit the admin user and change the “user_pass” field. The WordPress password field uses the MD5 encryption instead of being in the clear.


Save your changes. Log in to WordPress.

Change MySQL Password

The following are instructions on how to change your MySQL password from the Unix command line.

Login to MySQL and access MySQL table.

mysql -u root -p
use mysql;

Change the password for any user, flush privileges and quit.

update user set password=PASSWORD('new_password') where User='root';
flush privileges;

Make sure to make password changes on your applications as well.

In WordPress, edit the wp-config.php file to change database password.