Node.js and mysql - ER_ACCESS_DENIED_ERROR

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Old 08-03-2018
Node.js and mysql - ER_ACCESS_DENIED_ERROR

This problem has been killing me all day, and I cannot solve it.

Basically, I am using node.js with the mysql module and it will not connect to the database.

Here is the JS code snippet in node.js:

app.get("/test", function(req, res) {
  var mysql = require("mysql");

  var con = mysql.createConnection({
    host: "",
    user: "node",
    password: "myPassword",
    database: "myDatabase",
    port: 3306

  console.log("Connection Object Created");
  con.connect(function(error1) {
    if (error1) {
    } else {

I have checked the grants and permissions and all is just fine in MySQL and I can easily connect to the DB manually from the command line using:

mysql -u node -p  myDatabase

After hours and hours of this, it always give error:

Connection Object Created
{ Error: ER_ACCESS_DENIED_ERROR: Access denied for user 'node'@'' (using password: YES)
    at Handshake.Sequence._packetToError (/var/node/node_modules/mysql/lib/protocol/sequences/Sequence.js:47:14)
    at Handshake.ErrorPacket (/var/node/node_modules/mysql/lib/protocol/sequences/Handshake.js:124:18)
    at Protocol._parsePacket (/var/node/node_modules/mysql/lib/protocol/Protocol.js:278:23)
    at Parser.write (/var/node/node_modules/mysql/lib/protocol/Parser.js:76:12)
    at Protocol.write (/var/node/node_modules/mysql/lib/protocol/Protocol.js:38:16)
    at Socket.<anonymous> (/var/node/node_modules/mysql/lib/Connection.js:91:28)
    at Socket.<anonymous> (/var/node/node_modules/mysql/lib/Connection.js:502:10)
    at Socket.emit (events.js:182:13)
    at addChunk (_stream_readable.js:283:12)
    at readableAddChunk (_stream_readable.js:264:11)
    at Protocol._enqueue (/var/node/node_modules/mysql/lib/protocol/Protocol.js:144:48)
    at Protocol.handshake (/var/node/node_modules/mysql/lib/protocol/Protocol.js:51:23)
    at Connection.connect (/var/node/node_modules/mysql/lib/Connection.js:118:18)
    at /var/node/index.js:27:5
    at Layer.handle [as handle_request] (/var/node/node_modules/express/lib/router/layer.js:95:5)
    at next (/var/node/node_modules/express/lib/router/route.js:137:13)
    at Route.dispatch (/var/node/node_modules/express/lib/router/route.js:112:3)
    at Layer.handle [as handle_request] (/var/node/node_modules/express/lib/router/layer.js:95:5)
    at /var/node/node_modules/express/lib/router/index.js:281:22
    at Function.process_params (/var/node/node_modules/express/lib/router/index.js:335:12)
  errno: 1045,
   'Access denied for user \'node\'@\'\' (using password: YES)',
  sqlState: '28000',
  fatal: true }

I have Googled and read at least 30 tutorials, watched at least 5 YT videos on node.js and MySQL, and read the docs many time.

I cannot get past this error.


Does anyone here use node.js and MySQL ??? If so, please help.



  "dependencies": {
    "express": "^4.16.3",
    "mysql": "^2.16.0",
    "nodemon": "^1.18.3"

me@myServer:~# mysql -u node -p myDatabase
Enter password: 
Reading table information for completion of table and column names
You can turn off this feature to get a quicker startup with -A

Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.


mysql> show grants;
| Grants for node@localhost                                                                                            |
| GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON *.* TO 'node'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY PASSWORD '*7F8BC63ED005891Axxxxxxxx0FBB5A48CB5FFB9' |
1 row in set (0.00 sec)


# 2  
Old 08-03-2018
Are localhost and refering to the same? (/etc/hosts)
# 3  
Old 08-03-2018
Originally Posted by MadeInGermany
Are localhost and refering to the same? (/etc/hosts)
Yes, I checked that a number of times using both localhost and


cat /etc/hosts	localhost

# 4  
Old 08-03-2018

The solution turns out to be:

port: '/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock'

Seems in this config, MySQL listens on a Unix socket not on a TCP socket.
# 5  
Old 08-04-2018
Here is the final node.js test script (index.js):

var express = require("express");
var fs = require("fs");
var https = require("https");
var app = express();
const privateKey = fs.readFileSync(process.env.SSL_PRIVKEY, "utf8");
const certificate = fs.readFileSync(process.env.SSL_CERT, "utf8");
const ca = fs.readFileSync(process.env.SSL_CHAIN, "utf8");
const user = process.env.DATABASE_USER;
const password = process.env.DATABASE_PASSWORD;
const database = process.env.DATABASE_NAME;
const port = process.env.DATABASE_SOCKET;

app.get("/", function(req, res) {
  res.send("hello world");

app.get("/test", function(req, res) {
  var mysql = require("mysql");
  var con = mysql.createConnection({
    host: "",
    user: user,
    password: password,
    database: database,
    port: port

  con.connect(function(error) {
    if (error) {
    } else {
      con.query("SELECT username FROM user WHERE userid < 10", function(
      ) {
        if (err) {
        } else {
          rows.forEach(function(result) {
      res.send("MySQL Query Complete");

      key: privateKey,
      cert: certificate,
      ca: ca
  .listen(8080, function(error) {
    if (error) {
    } else console.log("Example app listening on port 8080");

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