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MySQL: access denied for user: (Using password: YES) June 30, 2005

Posted by javafoo in javanotes, jdbc, mysql.

More experimenting with struts. So I got ambitious, downloaded MySQL and tried to wire a database into my simple struts app. Setting up MySQL was a breeze, although it was my first time, except that some time was wasted googling for user account creation etc.
So, I set up a datasource in Tomcat, which could be looked up by JNDI. I added this in server.xml.
But was getting errors with Context.lookup, indicating there was no “java:comp/env/jdbc” in the Context. Realized I forgot to add the resource-ref in my web descriptor.
This done, I was getting a different error.
Access denied for user ‘blah’: (Using password: YES).
What the …, I didn’t set the password as YES, what the heck was going on?
So googled again (one of these days, when someone asks me what tools, IDE I use for development, I will be sure to add ‘Google’ in there, in fact this should come integrated with the IDE, any Exception or Error message should be linked to Google search), anyway I digress.
So this seems to be a common problem. I tweak the user account a bit in MySQL, apparently the host shouldn’t be set as ‘%’, you are better off setting it to ‘localhost’. I also deleted the default user account ”, which is an empty string. So either of these fixed it for me and I am on my way.

Since I am seeing a lot of searches to this post and one of the commentors (Tyler) rightfully indicates that: The “YES” doesn’t mean that you are using the password “Yes” it simply means “Yes” you are using a password. If the password was blank it would have said “No”

That’s what I thought the issue was to start with (that somehow the password was set to ‘Yes’) or atleast that’s what the MySQL message led me to believe, but later when I tweaked the User Account to set the host, I realized what it was trying to tell me.

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1. marc - May 17, 2007

Thanks for helping out!

2. Bale - November 1, 2007

It would be cool if you said HOW to tweak the user account

Please Email me at MRSHarff@gmail.com

3. Joel - March 29, 2008

Thank you for this. I was about to give up on my phpbb3 install. I’m sure you figured this out by now Bale but you use something like phpMyAdmin to access it.

4. Tyler - April 3, 2008

The “YES” doesn’t mean that you are using the password “Yes” it simply mean “Yes” you are using a password. If the password was blank it might say “No”

5. fv - August 22, 2008
6. zsh - August 24, 2008

The problem is the host shouldn’t be ‘%’.
Set it to ‘localhost’. Problem solved.

7. Ryan Stille - August 24, 2008

Wow thanks so much for posting this. I’ve been banging my head for about an hour to get this working. I have no idea why using % does not allow localhost, but after changing it to be ‘localhost’, I’m able to connect.

And for those asking *how* to change it, I did it by connecting to the ‘mysql’ database and then running:

update user set Host=’localhost’ where User=’myUserName’

8. Stillnet Studios » Blog Archive » Problems connecting to MySQL locally - try localhost instead of % - August 24, 2008

[...] via the command line client and via ColdFusion. Finally after some googling I came across this blog post suggesting to change the privilege details to allow connecting from ‘localhost’ instead [...]

9. f1r3br4nd - December 23, 2008

What should you set the host to if you want it to connect from any external IP, and not limit it to just one permitted IP?

10. Gaxton - April 19, 2009

Pls I’m experiencing a serious sql problem… i changed the mysql password then did some changes then afterwards the site would nt open, it keeps saying…..
Access denied for user ‘v_root’@’cgi0603.int.bizland.net’ (using password: YES) even when i changed the password to blank… pls help!

mik - March 16, 2013

change usernape to debian-sys-maint /etc/mysql/debian.cnf
but before that start ur mysql with:mysql -u debian-sys-maint -p

11. NixTe - May 14, 2009

Your major failing Gaxton
Your usernaame your entering is wrong
Its a vroot error

12. Mayank - July 1, 2009

is it configuration problem or permission issue?

13. mcu - July 4, 2009

On a new installation of MySQL, phpMySQL shows under privileges there is a denial of access for ‘any user’ on % for usage privileges. This seems to stop any user matching. Delete these and users can access if they have only specific database access, or create a user that does not match exactly eg on localhost, then they can access. Reason ?

14. akantos - February 8, 2010


15. Tony - March 21, 2010

I had the same problem, fixed it in a few minutes by placing the installation folder back to the website via ftp, the reinstalled it with the new passwords etc and now its fine again. You shouldn’t lose any of the information you stored previously because you don’t get rid of it in the FTP client, all you do is add your installation folder and presto! Email me on tony@excsell.co.uk if you’re still stuck and I’ll try n help the best I can.

16. Abhay Chandel - July 3, 2010

Try this, might do the trick. It will changes your password to something else.

GRANT USAGE ON *.* TO user@host IDENTIFIED BY ‘password’;

user = username you are trying to connect with.
host = It depends but usually its ‘localhost’
password = the new password you want to set.

Once the new password is set, restart your mysql server and try connecting.

Good Luck

17. Javier - July 30, 2010

i dont understand, where i have to write %? can u make a example? or write the code?

18. Manav - August 3, 2010

I was getting errors like:

root@desktop:~# mysql -u root
ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user ‘root’@’localhost’ (using password: NO)

One very good solution worked for me is, just use this command and follow the Instructions:

root@desktop:~# /usr/bin/mysql_secure_installation

19. Sar - December 17, 2010

Thank you guys for help. My problem is fixed.

20. Jonathan - January 2, 2011

Lol! thanks for this post … I appropriately found it on with google

21. Eon - January 27, 2011

Well, im having difficulty now connecting to a remote website’s database (one where i set up the mysql database online using the tool supplied to me)

Access denied for user ‘USERNAME’@” (using password: YES)

any comments / fixes i should know about? I substituted my username there that I actually used, for my own safety

22. Henry - March 12, 2011

Goo solution for us es really amazing tutorial thanks a lot

23. Dave - March 14, 2011

MANY MANY THANKS for this fix – I have searched around for HOURS trying to fix this and just came accross your poats – THANKS !!!!!, Dave ( http://WWW.CAI.ORG )

24. Valentin Badea - May 27, 2011

The solution proposed in this article is good only if you want to connect ONLY to localhost.
If you want to have a runtime configurable host you want to set, for your user, ANY host, so you have to keep ‘%’ in the textbox for host.

What resolved for me was to reset the password for this user. I’ve changed it to ‘abc’ then I’ve changed it again to the desired one and that’s all !

Success !

robert - August 7, 2011

of all the stupid (&^&()*. I’ve been fighting this problem for 2 hours and the problem was the stupid password generated by my web host version of myPHPADMIN. Their password generator apparently generates passwords that cause problems with my local version of MySQL. So I generated a local password and problem solved. Thanks for the tip on trying a password of ABC. As soon as i saw that work, I knew what the problem was.

25. like bali - August 12, 2011

Access denied for user ‘tujeng’@’localhost’ (using password: YES) in C:\xampp\htdocs

pls help …? thanks

26. ram - August 27, 2011

You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near ‘”use mysql;”,”delete from user where User=’root’;”and “flush privieges;”‘ at line 1

27. Masivni Podovi - September 12, 2011

Hmmm…This still doesn’t fix my problems, i am trying to isntall some open source script on my server and can’t install it because i got
Mysql Error: Access denied for user ‘ (using password: YES) ..what you say how to fix it? I didn’t find any answer ? thanks

28. Putraa - September 15, 2011

I still don’t understand the correction.
I already use localhost to my Database Host, but still get the error, how to fix this ?

29. noe - October 29, 2011

I solved my issue my creating the database (wordpress) using mysql command prompt then select use existing database on the wordpress installation screen instead of the option to create the database.

30. Praveen Kirsur - November 3, 2011

Its simple and worked for me as in comment 15 Tony said.
What I did in Control Panel
1) -> delete the database
-> create a new database
2) -> delete the user
-> create new user with new password.
Now try, it will work

praveen kirsur

Tudor - January 10, 2012

What database did you delete?

31. Asim - December 18, 2011

I have uploaded a website on live domain, it was running good on previous server but when i uploaded the website on new server it says “Access denied for user ‘fast_fs’@’localhost’ (using password: YES)”

I went to MySQL database and created the User fast_fs and add this user with checking all the privileges. But still it showing the same message Access denied for user ‘fast_fs’@’localhost’ (using password: YES)

I will appreciate help for this. asimjamalpk@hotmail.com


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33. Rajib - February 16, 2012

Warning: mysql_connect() [function.mysql-connect]: Access denied for user ‘ncos’@’localhost’ (using password: YES) in C:\wamp\www\ncos\config\connection.php on line 2

Warning: mysql_select_db() expects parameter 2 to be resource, boolean given in C:\wamp\www\ncos\config\connection.php on line 3

Warning: mysql_query() [function.mysql-query]: Access denied for user ‘SYSTEM’@’localhost’ (using password: NO) in C:\wamp\www\ncos\header.php on line 4

Warning: mysql_query() [function.mysql-query]: A link to the server could not be established in C:\wamp\www\ncos\header.php on line 4
Access denied for user ‘SYSTEM’@’localhost’ (using password: NO)

could any one help me for this problem

34. Priya Sarin - April 28, 2012

I have had made my desktop application on C#.net with backend mysql. As on the localhost, it was working all good for the connection and database too. But, I am facing problem, while working the database mysql server (online)…While connecting my project application with the online database server mysql. Here, I had attached the code and screenshot of error.

string vHost = “harihan.com”;
string vPort = “3306″;
string vUser = “harihan_usrpcs”;
string vPass = “pcs789″;
string vDb = “harihan_pcs”;

connectionstr = string.Format(“Data Source={0};Database={1};User Id={2};Password={3};Port={4}”, vHost, vDb, vUser, vPass, vPort);

Application.Run(new PCS());
catch (Exception e)

While running the application, the below error is giving at the stage of open connection of database.

Access denied for user ‘harihan_usrpcs’@’′ (using password: YES)

Any Help will be highly appreciatated. Thanks in advance

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36. wasi - June 20, 2012

Even myself having same error message “Access denied for user ‘orangehrm’@’localhost’ (using password: YES). Please Check Privileged Database Username and Password Correct. ” on initial configuration

37. Jason - July 5, 2012

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38. geekdave - September 29, 2012

thanks a lot bro.

39. aeter - November 27, 2012

WTF didn’t work !!!!
Warning: mysql_connect() [function.mysql-connect]: Access denied for user ‘mysql16.000webho’@’localhost’ (using password: YES) in /home/a7506188/public_html/install/include/database.php on line 33

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Access denied for user ‘mysql16.000webho’@’localhost’ (using password: YES)
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40. Team - November 28, 2012

Access denied for user ‘kannur02_bts1′@’localhost’ (using password: YES)

41. Tom Sawyer - December 12, 2012

[...] 还有一个比较特别的地方,在这里记录一下。(using password: YES) 表示你在登录的时候使用了密码。而不是登录user需要使用密码。所以该文章解决的困惑是,为什么我设置了空密码。还提示错误说要使用密码呢。其实不是,只是你在常识用密码登录而已。 [...]

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thankyou this information helped me a lot and I could successfully establish the connection

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