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How do I access MySQL using SSH?

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The steps for accessing your MySQL database vary depending on whether Parallels Plesk Panel is installed on your server.

To Access MySQL Using SSH with Parallels Plesk Panel Installed

  1. Log on to your server.
  2. At the command line, type su -. This gives you root access.
  3. At the command line, type mysql -uadmin -p`cat /etc/psa/.psa.shadow`

    Note: To reset your MySQL password, at the command line, type mysqladmin -u admin -psetup password $PW

To Access MySQL Using SSH without Parallels Plesk Panel Installed

  1. Log on to your server.
  2. At the command line, type su -. This gives you root access.
  3. At the command line, type mysql -uroot -p
  4. Enter your MySQL root password.

    Note: MySQL's default root password is an empty string (no password is set).


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