How to Install and Configure phpMyAdmin on CentOS 6

Pre-installation Check:
  • These instructions are for installing phpMyAdmin on CentOS 6.
  • A LAMP, Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP, must be installed on your server. See tutorial here.
Step 1: Add the EPEL Repository

phpMyAdmin is part of Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL), which is a community repository of non-standard packages for the RHEL distribution. First, we’ll install the EPEL repository:

rpm -iUvh http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/x86_64/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm

Step 2: Install phpMyAdmin

First, you’ll follow a simple best practice: ensuring the list of available packages is up to date before installing anything new.

yum -y update

Then it’s a matter of just running one command for installation via apt-get:

yum -y install phpmyadmin

Step 3: Find Your IP Address
You can run the following command to reveal your server’s IP address.
  • ifconfig eth0 | grep inet | awk '{ print $2 }'
Step 4: Basic Configuration for phpMyAdmin

To secure phpMyAdmin we should lock down access to a specific IP address. When the phpMyAdmin package is installed, an Apache Virtual Host file is added to configure web access. Let’s edit that file:

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

By default, the configuration for phpMyAdmin only allows access from the server on which it is installed. Find the following sections and change each IP address to the one you found in Step 3, or another IP address that will be connecting to phpMyAdmin remotely:

Require ip 127.0.0.1

Allow from 127.0.0.1

Require ip 127.0.0.1

Allow from 127.0.0.1

Then exit and save the file. .

Restart Apache:

service httpd restart

Verify that phpMyAdmin is working by visiting http://my-ip-address/phpmyadmin.

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