Monday, November 28, 2011

Enable Advanced Features in PhpMyAdmin

This is what I did to enable the advanced features (using the latest version 3.4.x)

First login to phpmyadmin and create a new database called phpmadmin. When you have created the database select the import tab at the top of the page. Click the Browse/Choose file button and navigate to your phpmyadmin folder and open the scripts directory and select the create_tables.sql file. Click open to close the window. Then press Go (bottom of page). The database for the control user has been setup.

Next to setup the control user. Go to the phpmyadmin home screen and click the privileges tab. Click the add a new user link. For the username type phpmyadmin. Set anything as the password (Make sure you remember it). Choose the option to Create database with same name and grant all privileges And then click the Go button.

You have now setup the control user and the database for phpmyadmin. You now need to configure phpmyadmin. Open the config file (called And remove the // from the start of the following lines

/* User used to manipulate with storage */
// $cfg['Servers'][$i]['controluser'] = 'pma';
// $cfg['Servers'][$i]['controlpass'] = 'pmapass';

/* Storage database and tables */
// $cfg['Servers'][$i]['pmadb'] = 'phpmyadmin';
// $cfg['Servers'][$i]['bookmarktable'] = 'pma_bookmark';
// $cfg['Servers'][$i]['relation'] = 'pma_relation';
// $cfg['Servers'][$i]['table_info'] = 'pma_table_info';
// $cfg['Servers'][$i]['table_coords'] = 'pma_table_coords';
// $cfg['Servers'][$i]['pdf_pages'] = 'pma_pdf_pages';
// $cfg['Servers'][$i]['column_info'] = 'pma_column_info';
// $cfg['Servers'][$i]['history'] = 'pma_history';
// $cfg['Servers'][$i]['tracking'] = 'pma_tracking';
// $cfg['Servers'][$i]['designer_coords'] = 'pma_designer_coords';
// $cfg['Servers'][$i]['userconfig'] = 'pma_userconfig';

Make sure you set $cfg['Servers'][$i]['controluser'] to phpmyadmin and apply the password to $cfg['Servers'][$i]['controlpass']. Log out of phpmyadmin, then log back in (not as the control user). The advanced features should now be enabled.

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