CentOS / RHEL: Install and Configure phpMyAdmin Administration Of MySQL Database Server

How do I install phpMyAdmin to handle the administration of MySQL database server over the World Wide Web under Fedora / Scientific / CentOS / RHEL / Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x server systems? How do I install and securely configure phpMyAdmin on a CentOS 6.x / RHEL 6.x server?

phpMyAdmin is a tool written in PHP intended to handle the administration of MySQL over the World Wide Web. Most frequently used operations are supported by the user interface (managing databases, tables, fields, relations, indexes, users, permissions, while you still have the ability to directly execute any SQL statement. It comes with an intuitive web interface, support for most MySQL features. This faq explains how to install and configure phpMyAdmin on a CentOS or RHEL version 6.x.

Step #1: Turn on EPEL repo

phpMyAdmin is not included in default RHEL / CentOS repo. So turn on EPEL repo as described here:
$ cd /tmp
$ wget http://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/i386/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm
# rpm -ivh epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm

Step #2: Install phpMyAdmin on a CentOS / RHEL Linux

Type the following yum command to download and install phpMyAdmin:
# yum search phpmyadmin
# yum -y install phpmyadmin

Sample outputs:

Loaded plugins: rhnplugin
Setting up Install Process
Resolving Dependencies
There are unfinished transactions remaining. You might consider running yum-complete-transaction first to finish them.
--> Running transaction check
---> Package phpMyAdmin.noarch 0:3.5.1-1.el6 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
Dependencies Resolved
 Package                  Arch                 Version                   Repository          Size
 phpMyAdmin               noarch               3.5.1-1.el6               epel               4.2 M
Transaction Summary
Install       1 Package(s)
Total download size: 4.2 M
Installed size: 17 M
Downloading Packages:
phpMyAdmin-3.5.1-1.el6.noarch.rpm                                          | 4.2 MB     00:00     
Running rpm_check_debug
Running Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Running Transaction
  Installing : phpMyAdmin-3.5.1-1.el6.noarch                                                  1/1 
  Verifying  : phpMyAdmin-3.5.1-1.el6.noarch                                                  1/1 
  phpMyAdmin.noarch 0:3.5.1-1.el6

Install MySQL server on a CentOS/RHEL

You need download and install MySQL server on CentOS/RHEL using the following yum command:
# yum install mysql-server mysql
Turn on and start the mysql service, type:
# chkconfig mysqld on
# service mysqld start

Set root password and secure mysql installation by running the following command:
# mysql_secure_installation

Step #3: Configure phpMyAdmin

You need to edit /etc/httpd/conf.d/phpMyAdmin.conf file, enter:
# vi /etc/httpd/conf.d/phpMyAdmin.conf
It allows only localhost by default. You can setup HTTPD SSL as described here (mod_ssl) and allow LAN / WAN users or DBA user to manage the database over www. Find line that read follows

Require ip

Replace with your workstation IP address:

Require ip

Again find the following line:

Allow from

Replace as follows:

Allow from

Save and close the file. Restart Apache / httpd server:
# service httpd restart
Open a web browser and type the following url:
Sample outputs:

Fig.01: phpMyAdmin in Action

Please note that you will be prompted for a username and password. You need to provide your database username and password to login into the user interface. If you want to manage all database use mysql admin user account called root. phpMyAdmin configuration file is located at /etc/phpMyAdmin/config.inc.php. You can edit this file using a text editor:
# vi /etc/phpMyAdmin/config.inc.php
All directives are explained in Documentation.html and on phpMyAdmin wiki.

This tutorial is also available in video format:

And, there you have it, the phpMyAdmin installed and working correctly on the latest version of CentOS / Red Hat Enterprise Linux to manage your database software from the Internet.

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