Troubleshooting: #1044 & #1045 Access Denied for User

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When using phpMyAdmin, it’s essential to have the correct user permissions to create edits/writes to the database.  Otherwise insufficent permissions can lead to  errors like the ones pictured below “#1044 – Access denied for user …[using password: YES]” and “#1045 – Access denied for user…[using password: YES]”.  In our tutorial, we’ll show you how to correct this issue using the command line terminal.  Let’s get started!


  • Root access to the server hosting phpMyAdmin



Step 1: Connect to your server using SSH, from your computer’s terminal.


Step 2: When the MariaDB was installed a default user was also created, for our Ubuntu install this details of this user can be found at /etc/dbconfig-common/phpmyadmin.conf. We’ll be talking our default user, phpmyadmin, and granting them permissions to create a database within phpMyAdmin.


grant create on *.* to phpmyadmin@localhost;

Step 3: Log into phpMyAdmin, by going to

Step 4: Create a Database within phpMyAdmin by selecting the SQL tab and running a command to create the database. Paste in the following command, replacing cooldb with the database name and selecting Go.


Step 5: You’ll know the database was created by the success message and it’ll appear in the left-hand side menu bar.

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How to Install phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu 18.04

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Working with a database can be intimidating at times, but phpMyAdmin can simplify tasks by providing a control panel to view or edit your MySQL or MariaDB database.  In this quick tutorial, we’ll show you how to install phpMyAdmin on an Ubuntu 18.04 server.




Step 1: Update the apt package tool to ensure we are working with the latest and greatest.

apt update && upgrade


Step 2: Install phpMyAdmin and PHP extensions for managing non-ASCII string and necessary tools.

apt install phpmyadmin php-mbstring php-gettext

During this installation you’ll be asked for the web server selection, we will select Apache2 and select ENTER.

In this step, you have the option for automatic setup or to create the database manually. For us, we will do the automatic installation by pressing ENTER for yes.

At this setup, you’ll be asked to set the phpMyAdmin password. Specifically for the phpMyAdmin user, phpmyadmin,  you’ll want to save this in a secure spot for later retrieval.

Step 3:  Enable PHP extension.

phpenmod mbstring

If you’re running multiple domains on one server then you’ll want to configure your /etc/apache2/apache2.conf to enable phpMyAdmin to work.

vim /etc/apache2/apache2.conf


Include /etc/phpmyadmin/apache.conf

Step 4:  Restart the Apache service to recognize the changes made to the system.

systemctl restart apache2


Step 5: Verify phpMyAdmin installation by going to http://ip/phpmyadmin (username phpmyadmin).

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Reset Your WordPress Admin Password

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Whether its a hacked site or a lost password, you may find that you are locked out of your WordPress Admin control panel. If you’ve forgotten your password or don’t have access to the email address that the “Lost your password?” link sends to, you still have one more option to access it. Through the database!  WordPress’ database stores all WordPress username, encrypted passwords, and the user’s email address and thus can be edited through a database client like phpMyAdmin. In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to edit the email address and change your user’s password.

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How to Install and Configure phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu 16.XX

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PhpMyAdmin is a user-friendly graphical interface to interact with MySQL/MariaDB and is a cornerstone of any webhosting environment. Because of this, it is also a commonly exploited part of the server and should be connected to with https://. If you have not yet installed an SSL on your domain, its good idea to do so for security with phpMyAdmin.

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Logging into phpMyAdmin from Cloud Sites

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When you create a website on Cloud Sites control panel using Linux technology, setting up a database for that site will use phpMyAdmin as the MariaDB database handler for your site. If you haven’t set up a database in Cloud Sites, see our article Creating a Database in Cloud Sites.

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