You can recover MySQL database server password with following five easy steps.

Step # 1: Stop the MySQL server process.

 # sudo /etc/init.d/mysql stop 

Step # 2: Start the MySQL (mysqld) server/daemon process with the --skip-grant-tables option so that it will not prompt for password.

 # sudo mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables & 

Step # 3: Connect to mysql server as the root user.

 # mysql -u root 

Step # 4: Setup new mysql root account password i.e. reset mysql password.

mysql> use mysql;
mysql> update user set password=PASSWORD("NEW-ROOT-PASSWORD") where User='root';
mysql> flush privileges;
mysql> quit

Step # 5: Exit and restart the MySQL server.

# sudo /etc/init.d/mysql stop

# sudo /etc/init.d/mysql start

# mysql -u root -p

You have just changed the password for the root user of mysql database.

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