Web server

Since phpMyAdmin’s interface is based entirely in your browser, you’ll need a web server (such as Apache, nginx, IIS) to install phpMyAdmin’s files into.


  • You need PHP 7.2.5 or newer, with session support, the Standard PHP Library (SPL) extension, hash, ctype, and JSON support.

  • The mbstring extension (see mbstring) is strongly recommended for performance reasons.

  • To support uploading of ZIP files, you need the PHP zip extension.

  • You need GD2 support in PHP to display inline thumbnails of JPEGs (“image/jpeg: inline”) with their original aspect ratio.

  • When using the cookie authentication (the default), the openssl extension is strongly suggested.

  • To support upload progress bars, see 2.9 Seeing an upload progress bar.

  • To support XML and Open Document Spreadsheet importing, you need the libxml extension.

  • To support reCAPTCHA on the login page, you need the openssl extension.

  • To support displaying phpMyAdmin’s latest version, you need to enable allow_url_open in your php.ini or to have the curl extension.


phpMyAdmin supports MySQL-compatible databases.

  • MySQL 5.5 or newer

  • MariaDB 5.5 or newer

Web browser

To access phpMyAdmin you need a web browser with cookies and JavaScript enabled.

You need a browser which is supported by Bootstrap 4.5, see <>.

Changed in version 5.2.0: You need a browser which is supported by Bootstrap 5.0, see <>.