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Monday, April 02, 2018

Mac OS X - Reset MySQL Root Password

Have you forgotten your Mac OS X 'ROOT' password  and need to reset it?  Follow these 4 simple steps:
1.  Stop the mysqld server.  Typically this can be done by from 'System Prefrences' > MySQL > 'Stop MySQL Server'
2.  Start the server in safe mode with privilege bypass
     From a terminal:
     sudo /usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables
3.  In a new terminal window:
     sudo /usr/local/mysql/bin/mysql -u root

For MySQL older than MySQL 5.7 use:
UPDATE mysql.user SET Password=PASSWORD('your-password') WHERE User='root';
For MySQL 5.7+ use:
USE mysql;
UPDATE mysql.user SET authentication_string=PASSWORD("your-password") WHERE User='root';
Refresh and quit:
     FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
     \q
4.  Stop the mysqld server again and restart it in normal mode.
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