Password to get into MySQL Server 5.6

Posted on 2013-05-11
Last Modified: 2013-06-28
Hi! I've installed MySQL on my computer.  I'm new to using it but I am accessing it via MySQL workbench 5.2 and attempting to establish a database connection.  It is asking for the root password and I can't seem to find it.  I have tried the password mysql and password.  They don't seem to work.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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by:Dave Baldwin
ID: 39158626
A fresh install doesn't normally have a password for 'root'.  It is recommended that you create one when you can.

Author Comment

ID: 39158630
It won't let me create a connection to the server, unfortunately.  I'm not sure whats going on there.  Any trouble shooting steps you might recommend?
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by:Dave Baldwin
ID: 39158635
A username, password (even if blank), and a hostname or IP address is required to connect to a MySQL server.  If the server is on the same machine as MySQL Workbench, try using 'root' with a blank password at either 'localhost' or ''.  There can be a problem with new computers that use IPV6 where 'localhost' is defined as an IPV6 address which MySQL does not understand.
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Author Comment

ID: 39198401
This might be the case for us.  The computer is brand new.  If the 'localhost' is defined as an IPV6 address is there a way to configure it so that it doesn't assign that address to the localhost?
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Dave Baldwin earned 500 total points
ID: 39198425
This article says use "" (instead of localhost) to force an IPv4 connection.

Here's about IPV6 and MySQL:

Here's some troubleshooting info: and here:

Author Closing Comment

ID: 39286202
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.  This ended up working.  We were able to switch the IP address and force the IPv4 connection.Thanks!
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by:Dave Baldwin
ID: 39286207
You're welcome, thanks for the points.

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