MySQL 5.7 and above
Since October 2015,
root now requires sudo privileges in MySQL 5.7+ and phpMyAdmin will not be able to use root credentials.
If you are trying to log into phpMyAdmin using an account other than root but you are getting an error “Access denied for user (using password: YES)”, please see this article: MySQL Rejecting Correct Password “Error 1045: Access denied for user (using password: YES)”
If you want to create a new superuser account that you can use to administer MySQL through phpMyAdmin, read on.
Creating a Superuser for phpMyAdmin
In terminal, log in to MySQL as
root. You may have created a root password when you installed MySQL for the first time or the password could be blank, in which case you can just press
ENTER when prompted for a password. If you have forgotten your root password, you can always Reset the MySQL Root Password.
sudo mysql -p -u root
Now add a new MySQL user with the username of your choice. In this example we are calling it
pmauser. Make sure to replace
password_here with your own. You can generate a strong password here.
The command below will create a new user called
pmauser (call this what you like) which can access the MySQL server from
localhost with the password
CREATE USER 'pmauser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'password_here';
Now we will grant superuser privilege to our new user
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON *.* TO 'pmauser'@'localhost' WITH GRANT OPTION;
You should now be able to access phpMyAdmin using this new user account.
If you are getting an error for this new user “Access denied for user (using password: YES)”, please read this article.
Hope this helps! 😀
MySQL 5.6 and below
If you have forgotten your root password, you can try reset it via command line.
You could also create a new user for phpMyAdmin by following the step for MySQL 5.7 and above (the commands are the same).
While you’re here, you may be interested in an article I wrote on manually upgrading phpMyAdmin. Since the release of Ubuntu 18.04, the repositories have been slow to update with the latest version of phpMyAdmin causing some compatibility issues, so make sure you have the latest version:
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