While many users need the functionality of a database management system like MySQL, they may not feel comfortable interacting with the system solely from the MySQL prompt.
phpMyAdmin was created so that users can interact with MySQL through a web interface. In this guide, we’ll discuss how to install and secure phpMyAdmin so that you can safely use it to manage your databases on Ubuntu 14.04.
Before you get started with this guide, you need to have some basic steps completed.
First, we’ll assume that you are using a non-root user with sudo privileges, as described in steps 1-4 in theinitial server setup of Ubuntu 14.04.
We’re also going to assume that you’ve completed a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) installation on your Ubuntu 14.04 server. If this is not completed yet, you can follow this guide on installing a LAMP stack on Ubuntu 14.04.
Once you are finished with these steps, you’re ready to get started with this guide.
Step One — Install phpMyAdmin
To get started, we can simply install phpMyAdmin from the default Ubuntu repositories.
We can do this by updating our local package index and then using the
apt packaging system to pull down the files and install them on our system:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin
This will ask you a few questions in order to configure your installation correctly.
When the first prompt appears, apache2 is highlighted, but not selected. If you do not hit “SPACE” to select Apache, the installer will not move the necessary files during installation. Hit “SPACE”, “TAB”, and then “ENTER” to select Apache.
- For the server selection, choose apache2.
- Select yes when asked whether to use
dbconfig-commonto set up the database
- You will be prompted for your database administrator’s password
- You will then be asked to choose and confirm a password for the
The installation process actually adds the phpMyAdmin Apache configuration file into the
/etc/apache2/conf-enabled/ directory, where it is automatically read.
The only thing we need to do is explicitly enable the
php5-mcrypt extension, which we can do by typing:
sudo php5enmod mcrypt
Afterwards, you’ll need to restart Apache for your changes to be recognized:
sudo service apache2 restart
You can now access the web interface by visiting your server’s domain name or public IP address followed by
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