Web-based Administration

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phpMyAdmin is a free software tool written in PHP, intended to handle the administration of MySQL over the Web. phpMyAdmin supports a wide range of operations on MySQL, MariaDB and Drizzle. Frequently used operations (managing databases, tables, columns, relations, indexes, users, permissions, etc) can be performed via the user interface, while you still have the ability to directly execute any SQL statement.

Download and Install

Due to their frequent updates, its easier to clone their STABLE branch from GitHub, instead of download, unpacking and installing packages, along with moving configuration files around.

$ cd /var/www/server/public_html/
$ sudo -u www-data -s
$ git clone --branch STABLE --depth=1 git://github.com/phpmyadmin/phpmyadmin.git
$ cd phpmyadmin
$ composer update --no-dev

The git clone command creates a new sub-directory on the local system and fills it with the contents of a remote repository.

  • --branch STABLE refers to the STBALE branch of their GitHub repository;

  • --depth=1 selects only latest changes, without fetching the whole commit history.


Create a configuration-setup directory with write-access to everybody:

$ mkdir /var/www/server/public_html/phpmyadmin/config
$ chmod o+rw /var/www/server/public_html/phpmyadmin/config

Now point your browser to https://server.lan/phpmyadmin/setup/. A configuration file will be created where you make the necessary settings.

When done save the configuration and move the created configuration file to the phpmyadmin root directory, remove write-access and delete the config subdirectory:

$ mv /var/www/server/public_html/phpmyadmin/config/config/config.inc.php \
$ chmod o-rw /var/www/server/public_html/phpmyadmin/config.inc.php
$ rm -rf /var/www/server/public_html/phpmyadmin/config
$ exit


Download and install the new version in its version specific directory:

$ cd /var/www/server/public_html/phpmyadmin
$ sudo -u www-data -s
$ git pull -q origin STABLE
$ composer update --no-dev
$ exit