When you encounter an "Access Denied" error while trying to execute a query from the MySQL command line, it means that the user you are using to connect to the MySQL server does not have the required privileges to perform the operation. Here are some common reasons and steps to troubleshoot and resolve the issue:

  1. Check Username and Password: Make sure you are using the correct username and password to connect to the MySQL server. The username and password must match those of a valid MySQL user with the necessary privileges to execute queries.

  2. Grant Sufficient Privileges: Ensure that the user has the required privileges to execute the specific query. For example, if the user needs to SELECT data from a table, they must have the SELECT privilege on that table.

You can grant the necessary privileges using the GRANT statement:

GRANT SELECT ON database_name.table_name TO 'username'@'localhost';

Replace database_name, table_name, and username with the appropriate values. If the user needs more privileges, you can grant them accordingly.

  1. Check Host and Port: Make sure you are connecting to the correct MySQL server host and port. By default, MySQL listens on localhost ( and port 3306. If you are connecting remotely, ensure that the user has the appropriate privileges for remote access.

  2. Check for IP Whitelisting: If you are connecting remotely, check if the MySQL server has IP whitelisting enabled. In such cases, only specific IP addresses are allowed to connect to the server. Ensure that your IP address is included in the whitelist.

  3. Verify Connection Parameters: Double-check the connection parameters in the command line to ensure there are no typos or mistakes. The syntax for connecting to MySQL via the command line is:

mysql -u username -p -h host -P port

Replace username, host, and port with the appropriate values.

  1. Check Firewall and Security Groups: If you are connecting to a remote MySQL server, make sure that the required ports (usually 3306) are open in the server's firewall and any network security groups. Also, check if the server allows external connections.

  2. Restart MySQL Service: In some cases, a restart of the MySQL service might be necessary to apply changes made to user privileges or configuration.

After checking and resolving the possible causes mentioned above, you should be able to connect to the MySQL server and execute queries without encountering the "Access Denied" error.

Have questions or queries?
Get in Touch