How to Install phpMyAdmin on CentOS 7

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This tutorial explains the process of installing one of the most popular open source application for managing MySQL databases – phpMyAdmin. phpMyAdmin is a free and open source, web based application written in PHP, used to easily manage MySQL databases through your favorite web browser instead of the MySQL command line interface. phpMyAdmin allows users to create, modify, rename and delete databases, tables or fields, execute SQL commands through the browser, import and export tables to a wide range of formats, create users and modify their privileges, and much more.. We are going to install phpMyAdmin on a CentOS 7 VPS with Apache, MariaDB and PHP

phpMyAdmin has a long list of handy features such as:

– Intuitive and easy to use web interface
– Support for almost all MySQL operations
– Import data from CSV and SQL
– Export data to different formats such as: CSV, SQL, XML, PDF, ISO/IEC 26300 – OpenDocument Text and Spreadsheet, Word, LATEX and others
– Easily administer multiple MySQL servers from a single phpMyAdmin installation
– Creating graphics of your database layout in various formats
– Creating complex queries using Query-by-example (QBE)
– Searching globally in a database or a subset of it
– Transforming stored data into any format using a set of predefined functions, like displaying BLOB-data as image or download-link
And many more…


In order to run phpMyAdmin on your CentOS 7 VPS you need the following requirements preinstalled
– Web server: Apache, Nginx or IIS
– PHP version 5.3.0 or newer, with session support, the Standard PHP Library (SPL) extension, JSON support, and mbstring, zip and GD2 extension.
– MySQL or MariaDB database server version 5.5 or newer
– CentOS 7 VPS with root access enabled

Login via SSH

Login to your CentOS 7 VPS via ssh as user root

ssh roo@IP_Address -p Port_number

Update all packages

Once you are logged in to the server run the following command to make sure that all installed packages are up to date

yum -y update

Install LAMP stack

As mention in the requirements section of the tutorial, a LAMP stack (Apache, MySQL/MariaDB and PHP) is required to run phpMyAdmin no the server. We will start with installing Apache web server

yum -y install httpd

After the installation is completed, start the web server and enable it to start upon server boot

systemctl enable httpd

Next, install PHP along with the required PHP extensions

yum -y install php php-common php-mbstring php-gd

And finally, complete the LAMP installation by installing MariaDB database server

yum -y mariadb mariadb-server

Start the service and set it to start on reboot

systemctl start mariadb
systemctl enable mariadb

Run the ‘mysql_secure_installation’ post installation script provided by MariaDB to strengthen the security of the database server and set a root password. You can use the following options:

Set root password? [Y/n] Y
Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] Y
Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] Y
Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] Y
Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] Y

Install phpMyAdmin

phpMyAdmin is not available in the official CentOS 7 repositories, so we will have to enable the EPEL repository by executing the following command

yum -y install epel-release

Once the EPEL repository is enabled we can proceed with the phpMyAdmin installation

yum -y install phpmyadmin

The package manager will install phpMyAdmin and all necessary dependencies and the installation of phpMyAdmin is completed. You can now access the application and start working on your databases at http://IP_Address/phpmyadmin .

Installing phpMyAdmin on CentOS 7

By default phpMyAdmin is only accessible from the localhost. If you want it to be accessible from everywhere or a certain IP address, open its included Apache configuration file and add/edit the following lines accordingly:

nano /etc/httpd/conf.d/phpMyAdmin.conf

     # Apache 2.4
      Require ip IP_Address
      Require ip
      Require ip ::1
     # Apache 2.2
     Order Deny,Allow
     Deny from All
     Allow from IP_Address
     Allow from
     Allow from ::1

Where IP_Address is the actual IP address.

Save the changes and restart the Apache web server for the changes to take effect.

systemctl restart httpd

For more information on how to configure and use phpMyAdmin please check their official documentation at

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