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php – Mysql cannot connect – Access denied (using password yes)

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment


I have hosting provided by eleven 2 and I just created a new MySQL user and gave it access to every action listed.

I’m getting the following error

Warning: mysql_connect() [function.mysql-connect]: Access denied for user '(username is here, removed for posting)' (using password: YES) in /home/.../public_html/config.php on line 10

Here is my config file

//connection details have been removed for posting purposes


 define('SQL_SERVER',''); // Database Server
 define('SQL_USER',''); //  User
 define('SQL_PASS',''); //  Password
 define('SQL_DB',''); //  database

 mysql_connect(SQL_SERVER,SQL_USER,SQL_PASS) or die("Error: ".mysql_error()); // Connection to the server
 mysql_select_db(SQL_DB) or die("Error: ".mysql_error()); // Connecting to the database

I tried to do the following as suggested by this post Access denied for user 'someuser'@'localhost' (using password: YES)

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON databasename.* TO 'bookorama'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'yourpassword';

But I got the following error “#1044 – Access denied for user”. When I log into the CPanel and check out the database users, it shows the user that I tried to log in as, so I’m confused as to why it won’t work.

EDIT – I got it to work. There was something wrong with the server. Contacted the host and they took care of it. Thanks for the replies.

How to&Answers:

I stumbled upon this connection info about Cpanel http://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/community-support/databases/1045-access-denied-for-user-mysql-error

Your cPanel username and password can be used to connect to your databases (as well as your cPanel). If you’re connecting to your database using your cPanel username and password, you can reset your cPanel password to ensure you are using the correct username and password.

If you setup a MySQL username and password specifically for accessing a database, you’ll want to ensure you are using the correct username in your php scripts. For example, MySQL usernames are always in this format:


If your cPanel username is userna5 and you created a database username of dbuser1, then the actual database username would be:


Temporarily, I’d suggest changing your databse password to that of your Cpanel account just to eliminate any doubts.


Usually the password field is not required unless you set a password for mysql.

you can use mysql_connect(“hostname”,”username”,””)

But if you have set the password for your mysql then you have to write password while connecting.
And if still it doesn’t working , then might be you have to look at your username and password.


What is your sql server ? some companies change the server name from local host to something else to security purpose – Well but if its saying access denied for user that is may be your are connecting to wrong database ? that is


Are you sure you are using the correct database name ? and you are able to log into your SQL account with same username and password ? well if the problem still persist trying using the root account of SQL the super admin hope you are on your local computer or have a dedicated server.

Why don’t you try using them in this form –

$con = mysql_connect("host name","username","password");
$db = mysql_select_db("database name",$con);


I had same issue, I was trying to connect between two different Web Servers. If I use my PHP script on same server the connection will establish but if I use the same script file from other Web Server (Web Hosting) it gave this error.

I solved it by allowing access to MySQL Server (Remote MySQL) by providing the IP address from where I used to connect.

it is also worth noting that I used Domain but Domain Name did not work for me. Also both CPanel and itself MySQL users could connect to MySQL Server. Hope its helpful for you also.