Priti's Technical Corner

January 10, 2012

Install phpMyAdmin on CentOs 6

Filed under: Linux — Tags: , , — pritisolanki @ 11:23 am

Today I was trying to install phpMyAdmin on CentOs 6 and had  interesting walkthrough of the installation

1. Get the latest copy of phpMyAdmin from sourceforge

wget -c  /download

2. Extract the files

tar xvfz phpMyAdmin-3.4.9-english.tar.gz

3. move the extracted files to proper location

mv phpMyAdmin-3.4.9-english.tar.gz /var/www/html/phpmyadmin

4. cd /var/www/html/phpmyadmin

5. Make a copy of configuration files


6. Modify the values vi

$cfg[‘Servers’][$i][‘auth_type’]=’cookie’; to $cfg[‘Servers’][$i][‘auth_type’]=’http’;

7. Restart apache from any of command

service httpd restart – Work for me
/etc/init.d/httpd restart

8. Open browser on server


You may end in following errors

1. 404 Not Found Error
Please make sure you push your phpMyAdmin directory in your webroot. In my case it’s /var/www/html

2. 403 Forbidden Error
I spend good amount of time finding why access is forbidden and finally did following setting

2.1 Go to /etc/httpd/conf.d/

2.2 vi phpMyAdmin.conf

2.3 Add following lines

<Directory /var/www/html/phpMyadmin>
Order allow,deny
Options Indexes
Allow from all

Still not able to access, try disabling the SElinux

SElinux is extra security layer in Linux and sometimes it provide conflicts for apache to work

  • vi /etc/selinux/config
  • Modify SELINUX=enforcing  to SELINUX=disabled  //Discuss with your senior. Mine is test server.
  • Restart your machine

hit http://localhost/phpMyAdmin prompt for username/password for mysql login :)

Please note all the steps executed via root credentials . You can use su command to login as root and carry the same steps.

I would like readers to drop the reviews comments to improve this article.


  1. i need an php drupal developer on a project , please help

    Comment by jeff dawson — February 6, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

  2. 2.3 Add following lines

    Order allow, deny
    Options Indexes
    Allow from all

    Order allow, deny creates an error when you restart apache. It only takes on argument.

    Comment by Alex — February 15, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

  3. remove the space between allow,_deny to allow,deny

    Comment by starter — February 25, 2012 @ 3:29 am

  4. hi, i followed your guide. but when i try to open the localhost/phpMyAdmin page i have the directory tree and not the welcome page…. also if i go to page localhost/phpMyAdmin/index.php i got a page with php and html code.. the code of index.php..
    do you have any suggestion for me? i miss any package?
    thank you very much

    Comment by Irene Bonta' (@sharkbait10) — April 19, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

  5. @sharkbait10
    Can you please check upon if php is correctly installed with Apache support. this link may help you Please let me know in case you still struggle.

    Comment by pritisolanki — April 21, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

  6. Thanks for this. excellent article.

    Comment by Janey Lee — April 28, 2012 @ 4:55 am

  7. Awesome, works like champ.

    Thanks alot

    Comment by Tan — May 15, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

  8. very good article

    Comment by shridhara — August 16, 2012 @ 6:33 am

  9. thanks for this great article… really appreciate!

    Comment by Deepak — August 30, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

  10. Good job

    Comment by Deepak — October 1, 2012 @ 6:51 am

  11. article was very ………good

    Comment by jayaprakash — October 30, 2012 @ 6:33 am

  12. ‘yum install phpMyAdmin’ is another way to do

    Comment by Priti — December 7, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

  13. I have followed all the steps but still getting the 403 forbidden page anyone suggest something else than all the above steps

    Comment by AdamSaad — January 29, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

  14. very good instructions! Thanks very much!

    Comment by kenneth — March 6, 2013 @ 7:57 am

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