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Once in a while you want to reset your mysql root password, here is how you can do it.

Stop the MySql service

sudo /etc/init.d/mysql stop

Restart MySql in safe mode and skip grant table so that you can login with root without any password.

sudo mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables &

Login with root

mysql -u root

Connect to MySql database

use mysql;

Reset the password to a new password

update user set password=PASSWORD("password") where User='root';

Flush privileges for changes to take affect

flush privileges;

Exit from current MySql connection

exit

Stop the MySql service running in safe mode

sudo /etc/init.d/mysql stop

Start MySql again

sudo /etc/init.d/mysql start

Login with your new password

mysql -u root -p

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