Can´t set root password when installing MySQL server


When I try to setup a root password for the MySQL server following this guide ( I always get the following error message: … Failed! Error: SET PASSWORD has no significance for user ‘root’@‘localhost’ as the authentication method used doesn’t store authentication data in the MySQL server. Please consider using ALTER USER instead if you want to change authentication parameters. So I can´t proceed with the installation. Does anybody know how I can solve this problem?

Best regards heusmich


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Hi @heusmich,

You need to change the authentication parameters, to do so just run this command first.

$ sudo mysql

Then run This ALTER Query to change the authentication parameters.

ALTER USER 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED WITH mysql_native_password by 'mynewpassword';

And now, you are able to run mysql_secure_installation command.

$ sudo mysql_secure_installation

Hope that solve your issue,

Sergio Turpín