How to access MySQL without knowing its password in a Plesk server

Here I am explaining how you can access MySQL without knowing its password in a Plesk server.

# mysql -uadmin -p`cat /etc/psa/.psa.shadow`

The above command is used to access MySQL without prompting for a password.

In case, if you need to take backup of a database or you need to restore a database in a plesk server and you don’t know the MySQL root password, then you can follow the steps below:

 
# mysqldump -uadmin -p`cat /etc/psa/.psa.shadow` database_name > database.sql

# mysql -uadmin -p`cat /etc/psa/.psa.shadow` database_name < database.sql

That’s it!!

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Arunlal Ashok

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