Installing phpMyAdmin Using FTP

In this tutorial, I will explain how you can install PHPMyAdmin on a webserver via FTP using FileZilla or your favorite FTP application. This tutorial assume you are using FileZilla and I am installing a secondary PHPMyAdmin on a Hostgator shared server. The instructions will be the same if you are installing a primary installation of PHPMyadmin, but it is worth knowing that if you already have a Cpanel with PHPMyAdmin access, you can still add another installation of PHPMyAdmin in a domain’s root folder for use with that domain name in case you may not have Cpanel access or maybe to give a developer simple access to Mysql.

What you’ll need

  1. FileZilla – if you don’t have an FTP client, Google FileZilla and install it before you start.
  2. Recent download of PhpMyAdmin – this can be found at
  3. A web server or hosting account such as Hostgator, Godaddy or Amazon Ec2. I have installed PHPMyAdmin on all of these.
  4. A simple text editor such as notepad or notepad++.

Installing PHPMyAdmin

  1.  After downloading from he link above, unzip the phpMyAdmin folder on your desktop, open the unzipped folder and rename the sub-folder named “phpMyAdmin-4.2.8-english” to simply “phpmyadmin” for easier access later. Be sure that you rename the folder inside of the main folder, not the top level folder.
  2. Upload the phpmyadmin folder to your server in the web root directory for your domain name using FileZilla.
  3. After the files have all uploaded, using FileZilla, open the phpmyadmin folder and create a new directory named “config” inside of phpmyadmin. Give the folder writable permissions. To change permissions right click on the config folder and select to change file permissions and set them to 777 for now. You can tighten security later when your done setting it up.
  4. Open your web browser and navigate to, but change to your domain name and follow the instructions on screen.  Go to next step or read on for alternative manual  config method. If you want to configure manually instead, In the phpmyadmin folder on your desktop, look for the file named “” and open it in a text editor such as notepad or notepad++. You can edit it by hand and upload to config(but I haven’t tested this recently)
  5. While still on the page you landed on at, scroll down to where you see the “New Server” button and click it to set up your server. If you don’t know what to do here, the best advice I can give you is to simply leave it be and select only an authentication method such as “http” and click “Apply” to have your server set up with defaults. I think the auth method is the most important setting to get you going quickly. If you use http auth method, you will simply need the user and password of an existing database to access it. If you don’t have that, use one of the other auth methods. If you don’t understand auth methods, click on the question mark next to each in the setup server dialog to read the documentation on it.
  6. After setting up your server, go to and login and you should now see the database you logged into. If not, go back and edit your server settings until you get it to work.


doing a secondary install separate from Cpanel can be handy to access a single database for a single website, but if you do have Cpanel user and password, you can actually access all databases. Also, using Cpanel user and password, you can create new databases!


That’s it, I got lucky and mine worked with just setting the authentication type to http and using an existing mysql database user and password to access phpmyadmin, but if you didn’t have such good luck, refer to the phpMyAdmin documentation linked to in several locations in the setup area.

I did note the secondary phpMyAdmin installation ran slower than normal, but it did work. I think next time I will try an older version of phpMyadmin just to see if it is faster. Good Luck!

4 Replies to “Installing phpMyAdmin Using FTP”

  1. yo!
    so the story goes like this:

    My parents paid for a website years ago – an extortionate price might i add.
    However the hosting and domain name has been paid for us ever since (8 or so years down the line), so i guess we can’t complain.
    Well, here i am now, of course i dont know this guy too well, so i have no clue to server authentication, all i have is ftp deets.

    So im here in a bar trying to get wordpress going and phpmyadmin authentication is my only problem. seems as though this guy as his server locked down tight-though i could be wrong.

    Not that im expecting help, it would be appreciated.

  2. Thnx man.

    btw if you can’t access the phpmyadmin page try capitals and follow the direction like it is in FileZilla or the FTP client you are using I got it to work with (sub) note the phpMy (capitol)Admin (capital) and then the rest like setup/index.php.
    I am pretty sure this is because the server is hosting on Debian Linux that’s capital sensitive

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