[Solved] ERROR 1698 (28000) Access denied for user ‘root’@’localhost’

Are you getting the following error when trying to login to the MySQL root on an Ubuntu system? We’ll show you how to clear it up in a matter of seconds.

Note: Working with MySQL 8.0.21 on Ubuntu.

ERROR 1698 (28000): Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost'

This error is caused by the auth_socket plugin. Simple solution: let’s just disable it. Here the commands you’ll need:

1. Login to MySQL as root (sudo will bypass password prompt)

$ sudo mysql -u root

2. Change to the mysql database and set the plugin to mysql_native_password for the root user.

mysql> USE mysql;
mysql> UPDATE user SET plugin='mysql_native_password' WHERE User='root';

3. You have to change the root password for this to work. Even just specifying the current password is fine too, but this command must be executed:

mysql> ALTER USER 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'new_password_here';
mysql> exit;

4. Lastly, restart MySQL for the changes to take effect.

$ sudo systemctl restart mysql

You can now login to MySQL root as normal.

$ mysql -u root -p

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