MySQL Password

I forgot my password and cannot open the database with MySQL Administrator.

Is there a way to reset the password?

You can reset users passwords in MySQL 5.0 if you are logged on locally and can run a program. You are probably trying to reset the superuser account, root, specifically root@localhost.

Taken from the MySQL website:

Log on to your system as Administrator.

Stop the MySQL server if it is running. For a server that is running as a Windows service, go to the Services manager:

Start Menu -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services

Then find the MySQL service in the list, and stop it.

Alternatively, you can run the following from a DOS prompt

net stop mysql

If your server is not running as a service, you may need to use the Task Manager to force it to stop.

Create a text file and place the following command within it on a single line:

SET PASSWORD FOR 'root'@'localhost' = PASSWORD('MyNewPassword');

Save the file with any name. For this example the file will be C:\mysql-init.txt.

Open a console window to get to the DOS command prompt:

Start Menu -> Run -> cmd

We are assuming that you installed MySQL to C:\mysql. If you installed MySQL to another location, adjust the following commands accordingly.

At the DOS command prompt, execute this command:

C:\> C:\mysql\bin\mysqld-nt --init-file=C:\mysql-init.txt