Can't login to mysql as root user even though I have the password

I followed this tutorial on how to set up phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu 18.04:

In step 2 I’m trying to log in to mysql using the command sudo mysql but I get the error message Access denied for user ‘root’@‘localhost’ (using password: NO)

I’ve also tried logging in with the root user using the root_mysql_pass located in /root/.digitalocean_password but I get the error message Access denied for user ‘root’@‘localhost’ (using password: YES)

I’m able to log in as the user wordpress with the password wordpress_mysql_pass.

Does anyone know what’s causing this or how to solve it? Any help I can get is very much appreciated!

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Bobby Iliev
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May 5, 2020
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Hi there @maxRay,

It looks like that the MySQL password that you are trying to use is not correct. In case that you’ve lost the MySQL root password I could suggest following the steps from this tutorial here on how to reset your MySQL root password:

Hope that this helps! Regards, Bobby

Hi @maxRay,

I hope you’re using this command instead of you written above.

mysql -u root -p

You’ll be asked to enter the password for MySQL root users. In case, If you forget your MySQL password, then you can reset.

Still, if you having a problem let me know.

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