phpMyAdmin is an open source tool used for the administration of MySQL. In addition to offering the capability to perform administration tasks such as creating, editing, or deleting databases, and managing users and permissions, phpMyAdmin provides a graphical user interface to do all of these tasks and more.

Pre-Flight Check
  • These instructions are intended specifically for installing phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
  • I’ll be working from a Liquid Web Core Managed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS server, and I’ll be logged in as root.
  • A LAMP, Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP, must be installed on your server. If you’re working from a Liquid Web Core Managed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS server as I am, then the LAMP stack is already installed!

Step 1: Install phpMyAdmin

First, you’ll follow a simple best practice: ensuring the list of available packages is up to date before installing anything new.

apt-get -y update

Then it’s a matter of just running one command for installation via apt-get:

apt-get -y install phpmyadmin

Step 2: Basic Configuration

As the installation runs you’ll be asked a few simple questions regarding the basic configuration of phpMyAdmin.

At the first screen, select apache2 by using the space bar, then hit enter to continue.

How To Install and Secure phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu 12.04

At the second screen, which asks “configure the database for phpmyadmin with dbconfig-common?”, select Yes , then hit enter to continue.

How to Install and Secure phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu 12.04

At the third screen enter your MySQL password, then hit enter to continue.

How to Install and Secure phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu 12.04

And finally at the fourth screen set the password you’ll use to log into phpmyadmin, hit enter to continue, and confirm your password.

How to Install and Secure phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu 12.04

Step 3: Finish the Configuration of Apache

For a refresher on editing files with vim see: New User Tutorial: Overview of the Vim Text Editor

vim /etc/apache2/apache2.conf

Add the following to the bottom of the file:

# phpMyAdmin Configuration
Include /etc/phpmyadmin/apache.conf

Then exit and save the file with the command :wq .

And, restart Apache 2 with the following command:

service apache2 restart

Verify that phpMyAdmin is working by visiting the_IP_of_your_server/phpmyadmin. For example: http://127.0.0.1/phpmyadmin

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