A customer needed help with their database for their website today, the developer had forgotten the root pass of the database holding all of their information, so of course we had to help out!

Start by stopping the service

systemctl stop mariadb

Now we set a flag for it to start with, on next start up

sudo systemctl set-environment MYSQLD_OPTS="--skip-grant-tables"

Start it

systemctl start mariadb

Now check that the flag we set actually took

sudo systemctl status mariadb
Look for the flag we set

Now you should be able to login to the database without a password

mysql -u root

Now to set the new root password, just follow along and set your new password in the ‘YourNerPasswordHere’ box 😀

USE mysql;
UPDATE user SET password=PASSWORD('YourNewPasswordHere') WHERE User='root' AND Host = 'localhost';

Thats it you have set a new password for ‘root’

Now lets stop the service again, unset the environment variable and kickstart the database with a brand new root password.

systemctl stop mariadb
sudo systemctl unset-environment MYSQLD_OPTS
systemctl start mariadb

Now the service is running and your root account have a brand spanking new password.

Happy trails my fellow IT nerds