How to Install phpMyAdmin on a Windows?

by Vincy. Last modified on February 24th, 2024.

Installing phpMyAdmin on a Windows computer will vary based on the existing environment. This article will tell the step-by-step process of installing phpMyAdmin using the following methods.

  1. Manual installation on top of the existing Apache server.
  2. Installation via WAMP package.

Method 2 is more straightforward and will automatically install as part of the WAMP package. WAMP and all packages like XAMPP and LAMP also have the advantage of reducing the effort.

In a previous tutorial, we have seen how to install XAMPP. It helped to set up an Apache, PHP, and MySQL database server environment on a server.

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Manual installation on top of the existing Apache server

We have seen the advantages of phpMyAdmin managing databases through a web interface.


Make sure that you have installed the following before start installing phpMyAdmin.

  • Apache server
  • MySQL server
  • PHP

Then, follow the below steps.

  • Step 1: Download the phpMyAdmin project from its official website. Download the zip file to your browser by clicking the required downloadable.
  • Step 2: Unzip the downloaded zip and copy the phpMyAdmin project.
  • Step 3: Move the phpMyAdmin extracted folder to the Apache web root, the htdocs┬ádirectory.
  • Step 4: Open the php.ini file found in the PHP config root. Make sure that the file has administrator permission to edit the config.
  • Step 5: Uncomment the following extensions to enable them.
    • php_mbstring.dll
    • php_mysqli.dll
  • Step 6: Restart Apache and MySQL servers.
  • Step 7: Run the phpMyAdmin application as same as you run other PHP applications on the Apache web root.
    • An example web address is http://localhost/phpmyadmin/. It will show the PHPMyAdmin home by listing all the databases.

Installation via WAMP package

We have seen a seven-step process of installing phpMyAdmin manually. Now, let’s see how the WAMP package provides an easy way of achieving this.

  • Step 1: Choose the suitable WAMP installer and click “download directly” -> “Download Latest Version”
  • Step 2: Double-click the downloaded WAMP installer and proceed with the wizards asking the following.
    • Choose language.
    • Accept the agreement.
    • Accept or configure the default browser.
    • Accept or Configure the default editor.
  • Step 3: Click “Finish” when the wizard prompts.
  • Step 4: Open the WAMP tool and choose phpMyAdmin from the menu.

Thus, the phpMyAdmin is installed simply by this method.


Once installed, the phpMyAdmin will help manage the database easily via a web application interface. Previously, we saw steps to use the frequently used tools of this application. E.g., How to create a database using phpMyAdmin?

This application helps connect a local or remote database by logging in via the landing login panel.

Written by Vincy, a web developer with 15+ years of experience and a Masters degree in Computer Science. She specializes in building modern, lightweight websites using PHP, JavaScript, React, and related technologies. Phppot helps you in mastering web development through over a decade of publishing quality tutorials.

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