Your password does not satisfy the current policy requirements


I want to create a new user in mysql with syntax:

create user 'demo'@'localhost' identified by 'password';

But it returns an error:

Your password does not satisfy the current policy requirements.

I have tried many passwords but they don't work. How can I fix this?

4/11/2019 3:09:21 PM

Accepted Answer

Because of your password. You can see password validate configuration metrics using the following query in MySQL client:

SHOW VARIABLES LIKE 'validate_password%';

The output should be something like that :

| Variable_name                        | Value |
| validate_password.check_user_name    | ON    |
| validate_password.dictionary_file    |       |
| validate_password.length             | 6     |
| validate_password.mixed_case_count   | 1     |
| validate_password.number_count       | 1     |
| validate_password.policy             | LOW   |
| validate_password.special_char_count | 1     |

then you can set the password policy level lower, for example:

SET GLOBAL validate_password_length = 6;
SET GLOBAL validate_password_number_count = 0;

Check the MySQL Documentation.

8/2/2020 1:54:29 PM

NOTE: This might not be a secure solution. But if you are working on a test environment, just need a quick fix and doesn't even care about the security settings. This is a quick solution.

The same issue happened to me when I ran "mysql_secure_installation" and modified password security level to 'medium'.

I bypassed the error by running the followings:

mysql -h localhost -u root -p
mysql>uninstall plugin validate_password;

make sure you reinstall the plugin "validate_password" if necessary.


If you don't care what the password policy is. You can set it to LOW by issuing below mysql command:

mysql> SET GLOBAL validate_password_policy=LOW;

For MySQL 8*

SET GLOBAL validate_password.policy=LOW

Reference Link to explain about policy - Click Here


After running the command sudo mysql_secure_installation.

  1. Run sudo mysql to enter into the mysql prompt.
  2. Run this SELECT user,authentication_string,plugin,host FROM mysql.user; to check for user root to have as plugin auth_socket.
  3. Then do run uninstall plugin validate_password; to drop priviledges before running this ALTER USER 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED WITH mysql_native_password BY 'password';Be sure to change password to a strong password.

NOTE: check out this link for more help


You have to change MySQL password policy to LOW.

login as root

mysql -u root -p

change policy

SET GLOBAL validate_password_policy=LOW;


SET GLOBAL validate_password_policy=0;



restart MySQL service

sudo service mysqld restart

You have to change the MySQL password policy to Low = 0 / Medium = 1 / High = 2.

SET GLOBAL validate_password_policy=0;
SET GLOBAL validate_password_policy=1;    
SET GLOBAL validate_password_policy=2;