Manually upgrade phpMyAdmin

How to Manually Upgrade phpMyAdmin

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Since the release of Ubuntu 18.04 and some other Linux distros, many people have been having compatibility issues with PHP 7.2 and phpMyAdmin 4.6. In this article we will manually download and install the latest version of phpMyAdmin to resolve these issues.

It’s possible that when you installed phpMyAdmin, your repository was still serving phpMyAdmin v4.6.6 and not the latest version (v4.8 as of writing), which is causing compatibility issues with PHP 7.2.

Firstly, visit the phpMyAdmin download page and look for the latest version. As of writing, the latest is phpMyAdmin 4.8.2, which we will install in this guide.

1. Backup phpMyAdmin

You should backup your current phpMyAdmin folder by renaming it.

sudo mv /usr/share/phpmyadmin/ /usr/share/phpmyadmin.bak

Create a new phpMyAdmin folder

sudo mkdir /usr/share/phpmyadmin/

Change to directory

cd /usr/share/phpmyadmin/

2. Download and Extract phpMyAdmin

Visit the phpMyAdmin download page and look for the .tar.gz URL and download it using wget. In this guide, we are using version 4.8.2. If you are using a later version, make sure to change the commands below to match.

sudo wget

Now extract

sudo tar xzf phpMyAdmin-4.8.2-all-languages.tar.gz

Once extracted, list folder


You should see a new folder phpMyAdmin-4.8.2-all-languages

We want to move the contents of this folder to /usr/share/phpmyadmin

sudo mv phpMyAdmin-4.8.2-all-languages/* /usr/share/phpmyadmin

3. Edit phpMyAdmin Config

phpMyAdmin should now work, however, you may get an error

The $cfg[‘TempDir’] (./tmp/) is not accessible. phpMyAdmin is not able to cache templates and will be slow because of this.

To fix this, open vendor_config.php

sudo nano /usr/share/phpmyadmin/libraries/vendor_config.php

Press CTRL + W and search for TEMP_DIR

Change line  to

define('TEMP_DIR', '/var/lib/phpmyadmin/tmp/');

/var/lib/phpmyadmin/tmp/ should be the correct temp dir in Ubuntu 18.04 and above.

Now test phpMyAdmin and ensure all is working.

4. Cleanup

You can now delete the tar.gz file and the empty folder.

sudo rm /usr/share/phpmyadmin/phpMyAdmin-4.8.2-all-languages.tar.gz
sudo rm -rf /usr/share/phpmyadmin/phpMyAdmin-4.8.2-all-languages

And if you’re certain your new phpMyAdmin install is working correctly you can delete the backup folder.

sudo rm -rf /usr/share/phpmyadmin.bak


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Yo realice todos los pasos pero me dejo un warning que dice
El archivo de configuración ahora necesita una frase secreta (blowfish_secret).

Buscando como arreglaro, edite el archivo config.default.php y en la linea $cfg[‘blowfish_secret’]=’ColocarValorAleatorio’

$cfg[‘blowfish_secret’] = ‘a0sfo49nadf89fa3s8f789sf78asb7p1587balz’

segun esto se tiene que colocar un valor aleatorio, no se si sea correcto esto, sin embargo a mi me funciono.

NOTA: para buscar la ubicacion del archivo
sudo find / -name config.default.php