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Delete a user from a MySQL server

This howto outlines the steps to remove a user from a MySQL server.

Run the MySQL client:

$ mysql -u root -p

You will be asked for a password. If you don’t have a password set, simply press enter when prompted.

Run the following command to delete the user:

DROP USER 'usertodelete'@'localhost';

This deletes the user called ‘usertodelete’. Change the user name and host values as required.

Flush the privileges to make sure the dropped user has been removed:


Exit the MySQL client:


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