Ghost mySQL Error upon initial installation

Posted May 11, 2021 1.1k views
GhostDigitalOcean Managed MySQL Database

Ghost was able to start, but errored during boot with: ERACCESSDENIED_ERROR: Access denied for user ‘ghost’@‘localhost’ (using password: YES)

Help: Unknown database error
Suggestion: journalctl -u ghost_mysite-com -n 50

Debug Information:
OS: Ubuntu, v20.04.2 LTS
Node Version: v14.16.1
Ghost Version: 4.5.0
Ghost-CLI Version: 1.17.1
Environment: production
Command: ‘ghost install –auto –db=mysql –dbhost=localhost –dbname=ghost_production –dbuser=ghost –dbpass=2960b401ab89b5b4e10a06d456d0235a058254f9f06f53f6 –dir=/var/www/ghost –start’

Stuck here, any help would be appreciated.

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Hi @paolotrulli,

It seems like there is either a typo somewhere in the connection to your database, and most precicly either in your dbname, dbuser or dbpass.

If you try to login into your database like so

mysql -u ghost  -p ghost_production

From your Droplet, are you able to?

Another possibility can be the ghost database user to not have enough permissions for your ghost_production database.


  • Hi @KFSys

    When I run that command I get an enter password field. However, because this was created from DO automatically, I dont know what the password is. I also tried leaving -p blank and entering ghost_production afterwords but also denied.

    ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'ghost'@'localhost' (using password: YES)

    I did sudo into mysql and granted permissions

    GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON database_name.* TO 'username'@'localhost';


    ALTER USER 'ghost'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'YES';

    Upon restarting ghost the same error occurred.