Install phpMyAdmin on Raspberry Pi

Install phpMyAdmin on Raspberry Pi

The phpMyAdmin is an open-source administration tool that allows to manage MySQL and MariaDB database servers through a web browser. This tool enables to create, drop, alter databases, tables, columns and other objects, provides a way to manage users and privileges, allows to run SQL queries, import and export data using various formats, and offers other database management features. The phpMyAdmin is written using PHP programming language.

This tutorial explains how to install phpMyAdmin on Raspberry Pi.

Prepare environment

Before starting, make sure you have installed Apache HTTP server, MariaDB database server, and PHP.

Install phpMyAdmin

Download the latest version of phpMyAdmin from official website:

wget -O phpmyadmin.tar.gz

Create a new directory where phpMyAdmin will be stored and extract tar.gz file:

sudo mkdir /usr/share/phpmyadmin
sudo tar xf phpmyadmin.tar.gz --strip-components=1 -C /usr/share/phpmyadmin

The tar.gz file is no longer required, we can remove it:

rm -rf phpmyadmin.tar.gz

Create directory for phpMyAdmin temporary files and make www-data user as owner:

sudo mkdir -p /var/lib/phpmyadmin/tmp
sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/lib/phpmyadmin

The phpMyAdmin provides a sample configuration file. Create a copy of this file named

sudo cp /usr/share/phpmyadmin/ /usr/share/phpmyadmin/

Using text editor open a configuration file:

sudo nano /usr/share/phpmyadmin/

By default, phpMyAdmin uses cookie based authentication. Encrypted user password stored in a temporary cookie. This password is used to connect to database server. Find the following line in a file:

$cfg['blowfish_secret'] = '';

Provide 32 characters long random string. For example:

$cfg['blowfish_secret'] = 'ZYdcrgJkEphDWgXAqU3vwGZAz44prJ4D';

This secret passphrase will be used for encryption. Also we need to specify temporary directory where phpMyAdmin can store cache. Add the following line to the end of a file:

$cfg['TempDir'] = '/var/lib/phpmyadmin/tmp';

Now we need to configure Apache. Create Apache configuration file for phpMyAdmin:

sudo nano /etc/apache2/conf-available/phpmyadmin.conf

Once a file is opened, add the following content:


Alias /phpmyadmin /usr/share/phpmyadmin

<Directory /usr/share/phpmyadmin>
    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
    AllowOverride None
    Require all granted

Enable the phpMyAdmin site:

sudo a2enconf phpmyadmin.conf

Run the following command to restart Apache service:

sudo service apache2 restart

Testing phpMyAdmin

Get IP address of the Raspberry Pi:

hostname -I

Open a browser and go to address http://<IP_ADDRESS>/phpmyadmin, where <IP_ADDRESS> is IP address of Raspberry Pi. Provide username and password to login to database server.

phpMyAdmin installed on Raspberry Pi

The phpMyAdmin will show message that configuration storage is not configured. Click "Find out why".

Message: phpMyAdmin configuration storage is not configured

Click "Create" to configure phpMyAdmin storage.

Message: Create database named phpmyadmin

Make sure your user have required privileges to create a new database and tables.

Uninstall phpMyAdmin

Remove phpMyAdmin related directories:

sudo rm -rf /usr/share/phpmyadmin
sudo rm -rf /var/lib/phpmyadmin

Disable the phpMyAdmin site, remove Apache configuration file:

sudo a2disconf phpmyadmin.conf
sudo rm -rf /etc/apache2/conf-available/phpmyadmin.conf
sudo rm -rf /var/lib/apache2/conf/disabled_by_admin/phpmyadmin

Restart Apache service:

sudo service apache2 restart

We can also remove database which stores phpMyAdmin configuration. Connect to MariaDB Server:

mariadb -u root -p

Run the following SQL query to drop database:

DROP DATABASE phpmyadmin;

Exit interactive mode:


The 4 Comments Found

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    Kevin A Reply

    Thanks, very well written, concise and without useless excess rhetoric.

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    Roy Reply

    I followed all the steps and everything seemed to work until the end where I log in. I get the error on phpMyAdmin:
    mysqli::real_connect(): (HY000/1045): Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: YES)

    what is my username and password? help!

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    Dan Reply

    Thank you for your instructions on phpmyadmin installation worked
    perfectly today Oct 15 22
    in the past the apt install didn't have the latest version which
    caused problems especially on db saves ( didn't keep up with the php versions)
    I'm helping a 96 year old with his website. At 79 two old guys still learning
    Thanks again! no coffee of beer tip on this site?

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