Easy Steps to Reset MariaDB or Mysql Password in Linux

Reset mysql password
Reset mysql password

In an unlucky situation of forgetting or losing Mysql root password and you will have to recover it somehow. Mysql stores the password in the user’s table.
That means we need to check out a way to skip the Mysql authentication so that we can change or update the Mysql Password.

In this tutorial, we are going to see some easy steps that help to Reset the Mysql or MariaDB Password.
If you are facing this issue in the production or development environment then make sure to take a full backup of existing databases.
Also, you require the downtime to update the Mysql password because we are going to stop/start the Mysql service.

Although we will use a Mysql server in this article, the instructions should work for MariaDB as well.

Reset Mysql or MariaDB Password

Step 1: Stop the MySQL/MariaDB service

Changing Or Resetting the password in Mysql requires stopping the Mysql service first.

------------- SystemD ------------- 
# systemctl stop mysql

------------- SysVinit -------------
# /etc/init.d/mysql stop

2. Start Mysql with –skip-grant-tables

Now start the database server without loading the grant tables, Run the following command,

------------- SystemD ------------- 
# systemctl set-environment MYSQLD_OPTS="--skip-grant-tables"
# systemctl start mysql
# systemctl status mysql

------------- SysVinit -------------
# mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables &
Reset Mysql Password

3. Log in to the MySQL shell

Now you can connect to the database server as the root user without password,

# mysql -u root

4. Set a new root password

When you are successfully able to access MySQL with root user.
Run the following command to reset the new password for the root user,

Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

5. Stop and Start the database server normally

Finally, stop the service, unset the environment variable, and start the service normally once again:

# mysqladmin -u root -p shutdown

# systemctl start mysql

Check the password is working or not [It will work for sure :)],

# mysql -u root -p

In this article, we have discussed how to reset the MariaDB / MySQL root password. As always, feel free to use the comment form below to drop us a note if you have any questions or feedback. We look forward to hearing from you! Linuxgrow.com

Thank You 🙂


Welcome to Linuxgrow. I'm Prashant, a tech-blogger from Mumbai, India. I started Linuxgrow as a passion and to share my knowledge about technologies. Here at Linuxgrow, I write about Linux technologies, Aws Cloud, Wordpress blogging and scripting knowledge. You can read more about me at About us page. Thank You :)

You may also like...

2 Responses

  1. venkat panchumarthi says:

    Awesome explanation

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *