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This document is for a previous release of cPanel & WHM. To view our latest documentation, visit our Home page.

For cPanel & WHM 11.48

 (Home >> SQL Services >> MySQL Root Password)


This interface allows you to set the MySQL® root password.


  • Ensure that you set a complex password. If an attacker were to compromise this password, they would have access to any of your server's databases. 
  • By default, cPanel & WHM's implementation of MySQL stores the MySQL root account password in the /root/.my.cnf configuration file. Do not edit this file manually.


You do not need to remember this password unless you plan to log in to MySQL as the root user.

Create password

To set the MySQL root password, perform the following steps:

  1. Enter and confirm the new password in the appropriate text boxes.


    • The system grades the password that you enter on a scale of 100 points. 0 indicates a weak password, while 100 indicates a very secure password.
    • Some web hosts require a minimum password strength. A green password Strength meter indicates that you met the required password strength.
    • Click Password Generator to generate a strong password. For more information, read our Password Generator documentation.


    Do not use asterisks (*), periods (.), or any other special characters in your MySQL root password. If you do so, phpMyAdmin will not function. If you use the Password Generator, select the Numbers button under advanced.

  2. Click Change Password.