By default, MySQL server will be installed with root account and password is blank. If you have set the password for root and forget it, then you will need to reset the root password for MySQL.
This topic has detail steps on how to reset password for root on MySQL Server.
Step 1: Stop MySQL service
service mysqld stop
Step 2: Start MySQL with mysql-safe command
mysql-safe --skip-grant-tables &
–skip-grant-tables is a option to enable anyone connect MySQL Server without password and with all privileges.
Step 3: Connect MySQL with root account and blank password
mysql -u root -p
Step 4: Change password for root account
mysql> UPDATE mysql.user SET password = PASSWORD('NEW_PASSWORD') WHERE User = 'root'; mysql> FLUSH PRIVILEGES; mysql> exit;
Step 5: Restart MySQL
service mysqld restart
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