I’m trying to setup up MySQL on mac os 10.6 using Homebrew by brew install mysql 5.1.52.

Download MySQL Server for Mac from the MySQL Community site. Mount the DMG and double click the.pkg file to begin the installation. Mount the DMG and double click the package to begin the installation. Step through the installer installer and make a note of your temporary root password. You will need this for the initial connection to the server. After MySQL dmg installation if there is an issue with the MySQL PATH when mysql commands are run, add PATH to.bashprofile (if you are using bash) $ mysql -version -bash: mysql: command not found $ $ vim /.bashprofile.

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Everything goes well and I am also successful with the mysql_install_db.
However when I try to connect to the server using:

I get:

I’ve tried to access mysqladmin or mysql using -u root -proot as well,
but it doesn’t work with or without password.

This is a brand new installation on a brand new machine and as far as I know the new installation must be accessible without a root password. I also tried:

but I also get


I think one can end up in this position with older versions of mysql already installed. I had the same problem and none of the above solutions worked for me. I fixed it thus:

Used brew’s remove & cleanup commands, unloaded the launchctl script, then deleted the mysql directory in /usr/local/var, deleted my existing /etc/my.cnf (leave that one up to you, should it apply) and launchctl plist

Updated the string for the plist. Note also your alternate security script directory will be based on which version of MySQL you are installing.


I then started from scratch:

  1. installed mysql with brew install mysql
  2. ran the commands brew suggested: (see note: below)

  3. Start mysql with mysql.server start command, to be able to log on it

  4. Used the alternate security script:

  5. Followed the launchctl section from the brew package script output such as,

  6. Boom.

Hope that helps someone!

Note: the --force bit on brew cleanup will also cleanup outdated kegs, think it’s a new-ish homebrew feature.

Note the second: a commenter says step 2 is not required. I don’t want to test it, so YMMV!


Had the same problem. Seems like there is something wrong with the set up instructions or the initial tables that are being created. This is how I got mysqld running on my machine.

If the mysqld server is already running on your Mac, stop it first with:

launchctl unload -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.mysql.mysqld.plist

Start the mysqld server with the following command which lets anyone log in with full permissions.

mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables

Then run mysql -u root which should now let you log in successfully without a password. The following command should reset all the root passwords.

UPDATE mysql.user SET Password=PASSWORD('NewPassword') WHERE User='root'; FLUSH PRIVILEGES;

Now if you kill the running copy of mysqld_safe and start it up again without the skip-grant-tables option, you should be able to log in with mysql -u root -p and the new password you just set.


Here are detailed instructions combining getting rid of all MySQL from your Mac then installing it The Brew Way as Sedorner wrote above:

Remove MySQL completely per The Tech Lab

  • ps -ax grep mysql
  • stop and kill any MySQL processes
  • sudo rm /usr/local/mysql
  • sudo rm -rf /usr/local/var/mysql
  • sudo rm -rf /usr/local/mysql*
  • sudo rm ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.mysql.plist
  • sudo rm -rf /Library/StartupItems/MySQLCOM
  • sudo rm -rf /Library/PreferencePanes/My*
  • launchctl unload -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.mysql.plist
  • edit /etc/hostconfig and remove the line MYSQLCOM=-YES-
  • rm -rf ~/Library/PreferencePanes/My*
  • sudo rm -rf /Library/Receipts/mysql*
  • sudo rm -rf /Library/Receipts/MySQL*
  • sudo rm -rf /private/var/db/receipts/*mysql*
  • try to run mysql, it shouldn’t work

Brew install MySQL per user Sedorner from this StackOverflow answer

  • brew doctor and fix any errors
  • brew remove mysql
  • brew cleanup
  • brew update
  • brew install mysql
  • unset TMPDIR
  • mysql_install_db --verbose --user=whoami--basedir='$(brew --prefix mysql)' --datadir=/usr/local/var/mysql --tmpdir=/tmp
  • mysql.server start
  • run the commands Brew suggests, add MySQL to launchctl so it automatically launches at startup

mysql should now work and be running all the time as expected



I had the same problem just now. If you brew info mysql and follow the steps it looks like the root password should be new-password if I remember correctly. I was seeing the same thing you are seeing. This article helped me the most.

It turned out I didn’t have any accounts created for me. When I logged in after running mysqld_safe and did select * from user; no rows were returned. I opened the MySQLWorkbench with the mysqld_safe running and added a root account with all the privs I expected. This are working well for me now.


Okay I had the same issue and solved it. For some reason the mysql_secure_installation script doesn’t work out of the box when using Homebrew to install mysql, so I did it manually. On the CLI enter:

That should get you into mysql. Now do the following (taken from mysql_secure_installation):

Now exit and get back into mysql with: mysql -u root -p


If brew installed MySQL 5.7, the process is a bit different than for previous versions.
In order to reset the root password, proceed as follows:

A temporary password will be printed to the console and it can only be used for updating the root password:


brew info mysql

mysql.service start

or mysql -u root

I’m looking for a solution for some time but I can not solve my problem. I tried several solutions in stackoverflow.com but no this helping me.


Stop mysql completely.

  1. mysql.server stop <– may need editing based on your version
  2. ps -ef grep mysql <– lists processes with mysql in their name
  3. kill [PID] <– kill the processes by PID

Remove files. Instructions above are good. I’ll add:

  1. sudo find /. -name '*mysql*'
  2. Using your judgement, rm -rf these files. Note that many programs have drivers for mysql which you do not want to remove. For example, don’t delete stuff in a PHP install’s directory. Do remove stuff in its own mysql directory.

Hopefully you have homebrew. If not, download it.

I like to run brew as root, but I don’t think you have to.

  1. sudo brew update
  2. sudo brew install cmake <– dependency for mysql, useful
  3. sudo brew install openssl <– dependency for mysql, useful
  4. sudo brew info mysql <– skim through this… it gives you some idea of what’s coming next
  5. sudo brew install mysql --with-embedded; say done <– Installs mysql with the embedded server. Tells you when it finishes (my install took 10 minutes)

Restart Mysql Mac Brew Free

  1. sudo chown -R mysql /usr/local/var/mysql/ <– mysql wouldn’t work for me until I ran this command
  2. sudo mysql.server start <– once again, the exact syntax may vary
  3. Create users in mysql (http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.7/en/create-user.html). Remember to add a password for the root user.

None of the above answers (or any of the dozens of answers I saw elsewhere) worked for me when using brew with the most recent version of mysql and yosemite. I ended up installing a different mysql version via brew.

Specifying an older version by saying (for example)

Worked for me. Hope this helps someone. This was a frustrating problem that I felt like I was stuck on forever.



MySQL server might not be running after installation with Brew. Try brew services start mysql or just mysql.server start if you don’t want MySQL to run as a background service.

Mysql Mac Os X

Full Story:

I just installed MySQL (stable) 5.7.17 on a new MacBook Pro running Sierra and also got an error when running mysql_secure_installation:

Restart Mysql Mac Brew 2019

Say what?

According to the installation info from Brew, mysql_secure_installation should prompt me to… secure the installation. I figured the MySQL server might not be running and rightly so. Running brew services start mysql and then mysql_secure_installation worked like a charm.

Restart Mysql Mac Brew 2019


I had the same issue after I tried to restart mysql.

I use the following two aliases in my .profile for convenience

After stoping mysql and then trying to restart I experienced the issue you were having. I looked into the launchctl load and it was reporting a “nothing found to load” error.

After a quick search I found this..

So I updated me mysql-start alias as follows

This solved my issue which may be useful for you.


The “Base-Path” for Mysql is stored in /etc/my.cnf which is not updated when you do brew upgrade. Just open it and change the basedir value

For example, change this:

to point to the new version:


Restart mysql with:

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