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Installing phpMyAdmin on Windows


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Installing Apache, MySQL, and PHP

with David Gassner

Video: Installing phpMyAdmin on Windows

phpMyAdmin is a very popular free web application that can be used to manage your MySQL databases. You can download the most recent version of phpMyAdmin from this web site, www.phpmyadmin.net. But I've included a copy of phpMyAdmin in the exercise files that come with this course, and I'll show you how to install that version. I'll go to the Free Exercise Files folder and double-click into the phpmyadmin folder.
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  1. 17m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Understanding Apache, MySQL, and PHP
      7m 12s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 7s
    4. What's new in this update
      3m 35s
    5. Choosing a software stack
      4m 32s
  2. 30m 18s
    1. Installing Apache HTTP Server 2.4 on Windows
      6m 51s
    2. Installing PHP 5.5 on Windows
      4m 12s
    3. Starting Apache from the command line
      5m 24s
    4. Installing MySQL on Windows
      7m 24s
    5. Installing phpMyAdmin on Windows
      6m 27s
  3. 44m 5s
    1. Activating Apache on Leopard and Snow Leopard
      3m 35s
    2. Activating Apache on Lion
      5m 9s
    3. Activating Apache on Mountain Lion and Mavericks
      4m 57s
    4. Configuring personal site folders on Mountain Lion and Mavericks
      6m 59s
    5. Activating PHP on Mac OS X
      6m 12s
    6. Installing MySQL on Mac OS X
      3m 59s
    7. Setting the root user password
      2m 28s
    8. Installing phpMyAdmin on Mac OS X
      6m 16s
    9. Uninstalling MySQL on Mac OS X
      4m 30s
  4. 14m 35s
    1. Installing WampServer
      6m 25s
    2. Managing WampServer
      2m 2s
    3. Defining directory aliases through WampServer
      2m 55s
    4. Changing software versions with WampServer add-ons
      3m 13s
  5. 10m 58s
    1. Installing MAMP
      4m 6s
    2. Configuring Apache and MySQL server ports
      1m 57s
    3. Managing MAMP
      4m 55s
  6. 29m 3s
    1. Installing XAMPP for Windows
      10m 0s
    2. Managing XAMPP for Windows
      4m 4s
    3. Managing MySQL security through XAMPP for Windows
      2m 40s
    4. Installing XAMPP for Mac OS X
      6m 14s
    5. Managing XAMPP for Mac OS X
      2m 27s
    6. Managing MySQL security through XAMPP
      3m 38s
  7. 13m 20s
    1. Installing BitNami for Windows
      6m 31s
    2. Installing BitNami for Mac OS X
      6m 49s
  8. 18m 49s
    1. Handling port conflicts with Skype on Windows
      2m 37s
    2. Handling other port conflicts on Windows
      5m 19s
    3. Detecting and handling port conflicts on Mac OS X
      6m 26s
    4. Configuring Apache to work with IPv6 on Windows 8
      4m 27s
  9. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

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Installing Apache, MySQL, and PHP
2h 59m Intermediate Jan 21, 2011 Updated Mar 28, 2014

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Installing Apache, MySQL, and PHP with David Gassner describes how to install and configure Apache HTTP server, MySQL database server, and PHP, known as the AMP stack, on a local development computer. Chapters are devoted to multiple installation approaches: installing the components separately on both Windows and Mac (including coverage of Apache and PHP on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion), installing the pre-packaged Apache and MySQL distributions in WampServer on Windows and MAMP on Mac, and installing the cross-platform XAMPP and Bitnami on both Mac and Windows. Exercise files are included with the course.

This course was updated on 07/06/2012.

Topics include:
  • Performing Apache, PHP, and MySQL as separate installs
  • Activating Apache and PHP on Leopard, Snow Leopard, and Lion
  • Setting the MySQL root user password
  • Installing WampServer
  • Changing software versions with WampServer add-ons
  • Installing MAMP
  • Configuring MAMP's Apache and MySQL server ports
  • Installing XAMPP for Windows and Mac
  • Managing MySQL security through XAMPP
  • Installing Bitnami for Windows and Mac
  • Detecting and handling port conflicts
  • Working with Apache and IPV6 in Windows 8
Subjects:
Developer Web Servers Databases
Software:
MySQL PHP HTTP Server Apache HTTP Server
Author:
David Gassner

Installing phpMyAdmin on Windows

phpMyAdmin is a very popular free web application that can be used to manage your MySQL databases. You can download the most recent version of phpMyAdmin from this web site, www.phpmyadmin.net. But I've included a copy of phpMyAdmin in the exercise files that come with this course, and I'll show you how to install that version. I'll go to the Free Exercise Files folder and double-click into the phpmyadmin folder.

You'll find a zip there, including phpMyAdmin 3.4.3.2. And there's also a configuration file, one for Windows and one for Mac OS X. To install phpMyAdmin, first extract the contents of the zip file. I'll extract the contents of the zip file directly to the desktop, by right-clicking and choosing Extract All and then Extract. Now you can use any zip utility you like, WinZip or anything else, because this file is in simple zip format.

Go to the extracted folder which has the same name as the zip file and double-click into it. You'll find another folder there of the same name. And then drag that folder into your document root folder. I'll open a new copy of Windows Explorer. I'll position this one over on the right and the original one over on the left. In the right window, I'll go to C:\apache\htdocs, and then I'll take this folder and drag it over to the right one. I'm done with that copy of Windows Explorer, so I'll close it.

And now for this folder, I'll rename it. I'll press F2 and call it simply phpmyadmin, all lowercase. That'll just make it easier to call from the browser. That's basically it. phpMyAdmin has been installed, but there are a couple of configurations that I recommend. Let's first test it from a browser. I'll go to my browser and I'll type in http://localhost/phpmyadmin.

Notice that I see a listing of files. This is because of a configuration that needs to be made in the Apache web server, not in PHP or in phpMyAdmin. So as I have before, I'm going to open up the httpd.conf file in a text editor. I'll go to C:\apache\conf, and I'll open the file. Now I'm going to search for the string index.html. This takes me to an option named DirectoryIndex.

By default, the Apache server is set up to default to HTML files. I want, instead, to default to PHP files, because that's the kind of file I'm primarily going to be using. So I'll change this from index.html to index.php. I'll save and close the file. I'll return to my Services control panel and restart the server. Now I'll go back to the browser and refresh.

And this time, phpMyAdmin appears, showing me a login screen. I'll type my username and my password. This is the MySQL password that you set up when you installed MySQL in a previous video. I'll click the Go button and that opens up phpMyAdmin. Now, it's also possible to configure phpMyAdmin to open automatically, using your username and password from a configuration file.

Here's how you do that. I'll close all these other windows; I'm pretty much done with those. Then I'll go to the Free Exercise Files, to the phpmyadmin folder again. I've provided a file that configures phpMyAdmin on Windows, using a minimal set of configuration options. I'll open the file in a text editor and show you that there are four options. The first three have to do with the login option. I put in the username and the password explicitly.

Again, this is the username and password for MySQL. And I've set auth_type to a value of config. You should change the password setting to your password. So if you used something else, something more secure, change it here. I've also added an option called AllowUserDropDatabase and set it to a value of true. This will make sure that you as an administrator can drop or delete databases from your MySQL database. By default, phpMyAdmin doesn't let you do that.

Now here's how I'll use this file. I'll go back to Windows Explorer, and I'll copy this file to the clipboard. Then I'll go to C:\apache\htdocs\ phpmyadmin, and I'll paste the file into place, pressing Ctrl+V. Now I need to rename the file. I'll press F2 and I'll change the file name to config.inc.php. That's all you have to do.

Now, I'll make sure that I've closed all my browser windows so that I'm logging in for the first time again. I'll open a new browser window, and once again I'll go to http://localhost/phpmyadmin. If you see the login screen initially, that's okay; press Ctrl+R to refresh the page, and this will reload the application. And this time it loads without you having to type in your username and password again. This sort of configuration is great for local development.

It is, however, not particularly secure, so I only recommend using this minimal configuration on the local development copy of this application. If you want to put phpMyAdmin on your production server, read through the phpMyAdmin documentation for their recommendations on the best settings to use. There's also a file here called config.sample.inc.php, which you can learn a lot from. It has a lot of common configurations that you can use in your own copy of phpMyAdmin.

But with this smaller configuration file that I've provided, you have everything you need to do local development and manage your local databases.

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Q: I followed the procedure in the "Installing XAMP for Windows" video, but 1) I got no text file popup after install, and 2) the Admin button does not bring up phpMyAdmin page. Nothing happens even though the Running button is green.

A: The text window not popping up after the installation is just a difference in the installation flow; it shouldn't cause any functional problems.

The issue around phpMyAdmin not opening correctly from the Xampp Control Panel has come up before. There is a bug in the newest version of Xampp for Windows (version 1.7.4) that affects the Control Panel. After starting the Control Panel, and then starting both Apache and MySQL, clicking the MySQL Admin button doesn't open the browser to the phpMyAdmin as expected. However, both MySQL and phpMyAdmin are working correctly.

Follow these steps instead:
  1. Click the Admin button next to Apache to open the Xampp home page in the browser.
  2. Click phpMyAdmin under the Tools section of the menu on the left side of the page.
phpMyAdmin should open correctly. From that point, you should be able to manage your database.
Q: I'm using TextWrangler on the Mac to uncomment the following line in the httpd.conf file, as shown in the video "Activating PHP with the included Apache server" in Chapter 2:

LoadModule php5_module libexec/apache2/libphp5.so

When I try to save the changes, I get the message "Error code: -5000". What's going wrong?
A: This is a common issue with the latest version of TextWrangler. Here's another way of editing the file with a command line editor named Pico that's included in Mac OS X. Remember, most text editors don't give you the ability to edit files as the "root user", and you need those rights to edit the httpd.conf file.

Unlike TextWrangler, Pico doesn't accept mouse input, so you have to do everything with the keyboard:
  1. Open Terminal from /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.
  2. Type sudo pico /private/etc/apache2/httpd.conf.
  3. Type your password and press Return.
  4. Press Ctrl+W for 'Where is'.
  5. Type 'php' and press Return. You should find the commented-out line with php5_module
  6. Delete the '#' at the beginning of the line.
  7. Press Ctrl+X for 'Exit'.
  8. Press Y for 'Yes'.
  9. Press Return to save and exit
We recommend also using Pico to edit the php.ini file.
Q: After downloading XAMPP I was unable to start Apache from the control panel. MySQL started fine. When I click the Start button next to Apache it looks like it starts and then stops. Here is the output:

Busy
Apache Started (Port 80)

The MySQL button says "running" with a stop button; the Apache button still? says start no matter how many time I click it.
A: This usually means that another program is using Port 80 (the port that Apache needs). Port 80 is used for any web server, so you either have another web server running or you're running something else (usually Skype) that is using Port 80.

If you're running Skype (and this is really common), you need to configure it to use a different port. If it's not Skype, it may be that you're running another web server or IIS (Microsoft Internet Information Server, the web server that comes with Windows), which you'll need to quit.
Q: This course was updated on 07/06/2012. What changed?
A: A few of the WampServer movies were updated to reflect the new user interface. We also added movies on installing Bitnami, an open source stack solution, and troubleshooting Apache to work with IPV6 on Windows 8.
Q: This course was updated on 01/09/2012. What changed?
A: Two new movies were added to Chapter 2, "Installing Separate Components on Mac OS X," to reflect the changes in the latest version of Mac OS X, Mountain Lion (version 10.8). These movies cover activating Apache and configuring personal site folders in Mountain Lion.
Q: This course was updated on 8/23/2013. What changed?
A: We added new software download locations and coverage of Apache HTTP Server 2.4 on Windows, as well as information on managing Apache from the command prompt, editing hidden config files with the nano editor, and installing the new version of Bitnami on Windows and Mac OS X.
 
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