You might have had a situation where you forgot your MySQL root password. How will you solve such a problem in MacOS High Sierra. Here are some few steps to solving that issue that is resetting mysql root password.
Step 1: Stop MySQL service
You can do that by simply going to preference pane and click on MySQL then click on Stop MySQL Server or you type the command below in your Terminal to stop MySQL
sudo /Library/StartupItems/MySQLCOM/MySQLCOM stop
Step 2: Skip Access Tables
For MySQL5 execute the command below in your Terminal
And for older versions of MySQL, execute the command below in your Terminal
Step 3: Reset MySQL root password
After running the above command in a Terminal, open another Terminal window and run the command below which will open up MySQL console making it easier for you to update your MySQL root user.
The query below will reset the root password
UPDATE user SET Password=PASSWORD(‘YOUR_PASSWORD’) WHERE Host=’localhost’ AND User=’root’;
If you are using MySQL5.7 the above code might not work for you. To make it work replace password with authentication_string and you are good to go
UPDATE user SET authentication_string=‘YOUR_PASSWORD’ WHERE Host=’localhost’ AND User=’root’;
Replace “YOUR_PASSWORD” with your desired password.
Once you are done updating your root password use the exit; command in the console to close the safe_mysqld execution.
Now, restart MySQL server using the following command
sudo /Library/StartupItems/MySQLCOM/MySQLCOM start
Once every step is successful then you can access MySQL again with no issues.