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How to Reset MySql Root password on MacOS 10.13

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

/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables

And for older versions of MySQL, execute the command below in your Terminal

/usr/local/mysql/bin/safe_mysqld --skip-grant-tables

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.

/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysql mysql

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.

Clemence Ayekple

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