Access Denied for user 'root'@'localhost' phpMyAdmin

Websolutionstuff | Jul-28-2023 | Categories : Other

phpMyAdmin is a valuable web-based tool for managing MySQL databases, simplifying various database tasks. However, running into the frustrating "Access Denied" error for the user 'root'@'localhost' can hinder your progress.

In this article, we'll delve into the causes behind this error and provide practical solutions to overcome it. Whether you're encountering the 'root'@'localhost' access denied issue on Ubuntu or XAMPP, we've got you covered.

When attempting to log in as the root user, you might find yourself locked out of phpMyAdmin, especially when using MySQL 5.7.26 on Ubuntu versions like 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, or Ubuntu 22.04. The error message you'll encounter is the same

Mysqli_real_connect(): Access denied for user ‘root’@‘localhost’


This issue arises from the fact that the Plugin for the root user is auth_socket.

To see this status enter MySQL by

sudo mysql -u root -p

After that, run the following command.

mysql>  SELECT User, Host, plugin FROM mysql.user;

You will see:


To fix this issue use this command:

mysql> ALTER USER 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED WITH mysql_native_password BY 'YOUR_ROOT_PASSWORD';

Note: YOUR_ROOT_PASSWORD’ which must be your root password.

The status must be finally the same as:


And again try to log in phpMyAdmin via the root user and your password.


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