Friday, June 15, 2012

yum install phpmyadmin

I am using CentOS 5 in one of my Virtual Servers and I wanted it to have phpMyAdmin. I tried installing it by doing yum install phpmyadmin but it said No package phpmyadmin available. So I add to add a repo. I discovered that rpmforge repo had this package. To add it, I executed the following commands:
rpm -Uhv rpmforge-release-0.5.1-1.el5.rf.i386.rpm
If you have 64-bit version installed, you should try this one out:

rpm -Uhv rpmforge-release-0.5.1-1.el5.rf.x86_64.rpm
If you get a 404 Not Found, then you will need to figure out the latest updated version of repo url from rpmforge usage page.
After that, you may like to update your packages by doing this:

yum update
and then continue installing phpmyadmin

yum install phpmyadmin
It should ask you for confirmation and you can continue installing phpMyAdmin with dependencies.
When installation is done, you can edit /etc/httpd/conf.d/phpmyadmin.conf and allow it to be opened from anywhere and not just the same computer. You are going to need this if you have installed it in a remote virtual server.
To do so, open up /etc/httpd/conf.d/phpmyadmin.conf using:

nano /etc/httpd/conf.d/phpmyadmin.conf
You will see:

  Order Deny,Allow
  Deny from all
  Allow from
Just change the line “Allow from″ to “Allow from [yourip]“, where [yourip] is IP address of your computer if you have public static IP. Otherwise, you can also set it to “Allow from all”.
Press Ctrl+O followed by Enter to save and Ctrl+X to exit nano.
Now, you must restart apache. To do so, run

service httpd restart
Now, you can access phpMyAdmin by visiting http://vps_server_IP_or_domain/phpmyadmin. But you will get the following error:

Error :
You don't have permission to access /phpmyadmin/ on this server.

To fix:
nano /etc/httpd/conf.d/phpmyadmin.conf
Remove or comment the first two lines in bold.

#Order Allow,Deny
#Deny from all
Allow from
Restart the apache server.
service httpd restart

The configuration file now needs a secret passphrase (blowfish_secret).
To make it work, you will need to edit To do so, type in:

nano /usr/share/phpmyadmin/
Find a line saying:

$cfg['blowfish_secret'] = ''; /* YOU MUST FILL IN THIS
Fill in any secret keyword there, eg mysecretpassphrase, so that it looks like:
$cfg['blowfish_secret'] = 'mysecretpassphrase'; /* YOU MUST FILL IN THIS
and then save it.
If you don’t have mysql server installed, you will get the following error:
#2002 – The server is not responding (or the local MySQL server’s socket is not correctly configured)
To install mysql-server, just run:

 yum install mysql-server
and then start it:

 service mysqld start
Then change the root password:

mysqladmin -u root password PASSWORD_HERE
Now, you will have to remove phpmyadmin:

yum remove phpmyadmin
and reinstall it again:

yum install phpmyadmin
Then you will need to edit the again to enter blowfish secret (see above). Then, you can login.
If however, you want phpMyAdmin to connect to a remote server, you can change the line by replacing localhost with your server IP:

$cfg['Servers'][$i]['host'] = 'localhost';
Hope this helps.

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