How To Install phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu 16.04

September 11, 2016

How To Install phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu 16.04

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 from an Ubuntu 16.04 system.

Install phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu 16.04

Step 1. First make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal.


Install LAMP server.

A Ubuntu 15.10 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also install required PHP modules:


Next, run the commands below to enable php5-mcrypt for Apache2:


Install phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus)

To installing phpMyAdmin quickly on Ubuntu 16.04 by running the following command:


Important, this step will ask you to select the web server where the application would be installed, it is mandatory that you select with the spacebar “Apache” Server or your designate, not doing this will cause the files wont’t be copied correctly and then can not find the installed application.

The only thing we need to do is explicitly enable the PHP mcrypt and mbstring extensions, which we can do by typing:


Now, we can restart Apache so that the changes take place:


Accessing phpMyAdmin

Now open your browser and surf to http://youripaddress/phpmyadmin and your phpmyadmin will ask you for user and password of your mysql installation, you can use root as user and the root mysql password, or any other mysql user/password. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.

How To Install phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu 16.04

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed phpMyAdmin.