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phpMyAdmin is a free web application for administering MySQL databases and their fork MariaDB. The software is implemented in PHP; this is where the name phpMyAdmin comes from.

phpMyAdmin Error PHP 7.2.5 is required [SOLVED]

If you install phpMyAdmin on your web server, or even after an OS upgrade, the error message “PHP 7.2.5+ is required” may appear when trying to open the phpMyAdmin in your browser.

PHP 7.2.5+ is required.

Currently installed version is: ' . PHP_VERSION . '
'); } // phpcs:disable PSR1.Files.SideEffects define('PHPMYADMIN', true); // phpcs:enable require_once ROOT_PATH . 'libraries/constants.php'; /** * Activate autoloader */ if (! @is_readable(AUTOLOAD_FILE)) { die( '

File ' . AUTOLOAD_FILE . ' missing or not readable.
' . '

Most likely you did not run Composer to ' . '' . 'install library files.
' ); } require AUTOLOAD_FILE; global $route, $containerBuilder, $request; Common::run(); $dispatcher = Routing::getDispatcher(); Routing::callControllerForRoute($request, $route, $dispatcher, $containerBuilder); 

  First of all, if you see this error message, it says that PHP is not installed on the web server, or the required PHP version is not the supported version.

phpMyAdmin Error PHP 7.2.5 is required Solved


In this tutorial the Apache 2 Web Server and PHP 8.2 with the required modules is used to install phpMyAdmin on Debian 12 (bookworm).

phpMyAdmin Requirements

For phpMyAdmin you need PHP 7.2.5 or newer to solve the error, I recommend PHP 8.2 with session support, the Standard PHP Library (SPL) extension, hash, ctype, and JSON support. You need GD2 support in PHP and the PHP zip extension. The mbstring extension (php8.2-mbstring) is strongly recommended for performance reasons, for operation phpMyAdmin on a Debian 12 (bookworm).

If you are deploying PHP to the Apache Web Server on a Debian or Debian-based distribution, the command line might look like this:

$ sudo apt install php8.2 php8.2-{cli,mysql,imap,intl,apcu,cgi,bz2,zip,mbstring,gd,curl,xml,common,opcache,imagick} -y

PHP Library libapache2

The PHP module in the appropriate version is particularly important for the Apache webserver using phpMyAdmin without errors.

$ sudo apt install libapache2-mod-php libapache2-mod-php8.2 -y

Enable the installed PHP module using the Apachea2enmodhelper.

$ sudo a2enmod php8.2

May you want to check the installed Apache 2 modules.

$ apt list libapache2-mod-php*
libapache2-mod-php8.2/stable,stable-security,now 8.2.7-1~deb12u1 amd64 [installed]
libapache2-mod-php/stable,now 2:8.2+93 all [installed]

The next command also provides detailed information about the installed Apache 2 modules.

$ apt info libapache2-mod-php*

May you need to disable an previous Apache 2 PHP module.

$ sudo a2dismod php7.1

Then you should check the enabled Apache 2 PHP module.

$ sudo a2query -m | grep php
php8.2 (enabled by maintainer script)

These steps will fix the PHP error “PHP 7.2.5+ is required” when trying to open the phpmyadmin page.

Check PHP version

You might want to check the PHP version and all available module information by creating a file info.php with insert the content bellow. To prevent any errors during phpMyAdmin installation.

$ echo '<?php phpinfo(); ?>' | sudo tee /var/www/html/info.php

this is the apache default directory path in this tee writes, maybe you have to put the info.php file in here! /usr/share/phpmyadmin

Open the website in your browserhttp://ip_of_your_server/info.php

Last but not least, do not forget to restart the Apache webserver.

$ sudo systemctl restart apache2

phpMyAdmin installation

Install phpMyAdmin on a Debian or Ubuntu system from repository.

$ sudo apt install phpmyadmin

Then you may have already made some configurations, many of which can be found on the web. When you try to open phpMyAdmin you may get the following error message!

phpMyAdmin PHP Error Solving

To prevent or fixing PHP error during install phpMyAdmin, you should check the following settings and change them if necessary.

Edit and check the phpMyAdmin settings in the config.inc.php file with the editor of your choice, such as nano or vi /usr/share/phpmyadmin/config.inc.php.

Generate the required random blowfish secret using for cookie auth and have it ready for pasting.

$ pwgen -s 32 1

You may still need to install the password generator utility!

$ sudo apt install pwgen -y

Then paste the random SECRET you just generated at $cfg['blowfish_secret' = 'SECRET'<-here and activate the next lines by commenting them out in /usr/share/phpmyadmin/config.inc.php.

 * phpMyAdmin sample configuration, you can use it as base for
 * manual configuration. For easier setup you can use setup/
 * All directives are explained in documentation in the doc/ folder
 * or at <https://docs.phpmyadmin.net/>.


 * This is needed for cookie based authentication to encrypt the cookie.
 * Needs to be a 32-bytes long string of random bytes. See FAQ 2.10.
$cfg['blowfish_secret'] = 'zazoLupamNc5L3o2aE0ZHtkY7f4OqUts'; /* YOU MUST FILL IN THIS FOR COOKIE AUTH! */

 * Servers configuration
$i = 0;

 * First server
/* Authentication type */
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['auth_type'] = 'cookie';
/* Server parameters */
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['host'] = 'localhost';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['compress'] = false;
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['AllowNoPassword'] = false;

 * phpMyAdmin configuration storage settings.

/* User used to manipulate with storage */
// $cfg['Servers'][$i]['controlhost'] = '';
// $cfg['Servers'][$i]['controlport'] = '';
// $cfg['Servers'][$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]['table_uiprefs'] = 'pma__table_uiprefs';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['tracking'] = 'pma__tracking';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['userconfig'] = 'pma__userconfig';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['recent'] = 'pma__recent';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['favorite'] = 'pma__favorite';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['users'] = 'pma__users';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['usergroups'] = 'pma__usergroups';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['navigationhiding'] = 'pma__navigationhiding';

Add the next line at the end of config.inc.php.

$cfg['TempDir'] = '/var/lib/phpmyadmin/tmp';

Save the config.inc.php file and exit editor.

phpMyAdmin database

Deploying the phpmyadmin database if not already done.

$ sudo mariadb -u root -p

Create the database “phpmyadmin” and grant “myadmin” with all rights.

GRANT SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE ON phpmyadmin.* TO 'myadmin'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'ChangeMe';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON phpmyadmin.* TO 'myadmin'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'ChangeMe' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Add the SQL tables to the “phpmyadmin” database.

$ sudo mysql -u root phpmyadmin < /usr/share/phpmyadmin/sql/create_tables.sql

phpMyAdmin Apache configuration


The Apache site configuration for phpMyAdmin.

Alias /phpmyadmin /usr/share/phpmyadmin

<Directory /usr/share/phpmyadmin>
    Options SymLinksIfOwnerMatch
    DirectoryIndex index.php

    <IfModule mod_php5.c>
        <IfModule mod_mime.c>
            AddType application/x-httpd-php .php
        <FilesMatch ".+\.php$">
            SetHandler application/x-httpd-php

        php_value include_path .
        php_admin_value upload_tmp_dir /var/lib/phpmyadmin/tmp
        php_admin_value open_basedir /usr/share/phpmyadmin/:/etc/phpmyadmin/:/var/lib/phpmyadmin/:/usr/share/php/php-gettext/:/usr/share/php/php-php-gettext/:/usr/share/javascript/:/usr/share/php/tcpdf/:/usr/share/doc/phpmyadmin/:/usr/share/php/phpseclib/
        php_admin_value mbstring.func_overload 0
    <IfModule mod_php.c>
        <IfModule mod_mime.c>
            AddType application/x-httpd-php .php
        <FilesMatch ".+\.php$">
            SetHandler application/x-httpd-php

        php_value include_path .
        php_admin_value upload_tmp_dir /var/lib/phpmyadmin/tmp
        php_admin_value open_basedir /usr/share/phpmyadmin/:/etc/phpmyadmin/:/var/lib/phpmyadmin/:/usr/share/php/php-gettext/:/usr/share/php/php-php-gettext/:/usr/share/javascript/:/usr/share/php/tcpdf/:/usr/share/doc/phpmyadmin/:/usr/share/php/phpseclib/
        php_admin_value mbstring.func_overload 0


# Authorize for setup
<Directory /usr/share/phpmyadmin/setup>
    <IfModule mod_authz_core.c>
        <IfModule mod_authn_file.c>
            AuthType Basic
            AuthName "phpMyAdmin Setup"
            AuthUserFile /etc/phpmyadmin/htpasswd.setup
        Require valid-user

# Disallow web access to directories that don't need it
<Directory /usr/share/phpmyadmin/templates>
    Require all denied
<Directory /usr/share/phpmyadmin/libraries>
    Require all denied
<Directory /usr/share/phpmyadmin/setup/lib>
    Require all denied

Enable the phpmyadmin site using Apache helper command.

$ sudo a2ensite phpmyadmin

Finaly reload the Apache web server again.

$ sudo systemctl reload apache2

The phpMyAdmin site can now be opened http://ip_of_your_server/phpmyadmin/


In this tutorial you will learn how to install phpMyAdmin without errors, using the Apache 2 Web Server and PHP 8.2 with the required modules for phpMyAdmin on Debian 12 (bookworm). As assistance and troubleshooting to preventing or fixing issues with deploy phpMyAdmin in a Debian Linux. To avoid commonly known configuration errors that may occur during installation.

Install phpMyAdmin with PHP8 on Debian

How to install phpMyAdmin with PHP8 on Debian 11 (bullseye) and Debian 12 (bookworm)

This tutorial shows how to install phpMyAdmin on Debian 11 with Apache2 and PHP8. For administration and management of MySQL and MariaDB databases from web browsers.

  On Debian 11, the easiest way to install phpMyAdmin is via the Package Manager, withapt install phpmyadminbut this is no longer up-to-date since php 8 is provided.

Since Debian 11 installs from the default repository, phpMyAdmin is provided for PHP 7.4, but if requires a newer PHP version, i.e. for current CMS such as WordPress, where PHP 8 or newer is recommended, phpMyAdmin can be installed manually in just a few steps.


The phpMyAdmin installation on Debian is done here as root by using “su -“, for the packages Apache2, MariaDB and PHP 8.2 provided by DEB.SURY.ORG.

First of all, required service packages are installed.

$ apt install lsb-release apt-transport-https ca-certificates wget gnupg -y

Add the Sury Repository for PHP8 on the system.

$ wget -O /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/php.gpg https://packages.sury.org/php/apt.gpg
$ echo "deb https://packages.sury.org/php/ $(lsb_release -sc) main" | tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/php.list

Update the package lists as follows.

$ apt update

If the Apache2 web server is not already installed.

$ apt install apache2 -y

Now install PHP 8.2 with the most important PHP modules.

$ apt install php8.2 php8.2-common php8.2-cli php8.2-curl php8.2-imap php8.2-apcu php8.2-intl php8.2-cgi php8.2-mbstring php8.2-gd php8.2-mysql php8.2-opcache php8.2-bcmath php8.2-xml php8.2-xsl php8.2-zip php8.2-bz2 libapache2-mod-php8.2 -y

Update the packages as follows.

$ apt update && apt upgrade -y
$ [ -f /var/run/reboot-required ] && reboot -f

Install MariaDB

The next step is to install the MariaDB server and (MySQL) client.

$ apt install mariadb-server mariadb-client -y

Then complete the configuration of the MariaDB server.

$ mysql_secure_installation

Since the root password for the database is not yet set, press Enter to skip the initial query. Complete the following queries:

  • Switch to unix_socket authentication [Y/n] – Enter n to skip.
  • Set root password? [Y/n] – Type y and press Enter to create a root password for your database. If you already have a root password, enter n to not change the root password.
  • Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] – Type y and press Enter.
  • Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] – Type y and press Enter.
  • Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] – Type y and confirm with Enter.
  • Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] – Type y and confirm with Enter.

MariaDB is now operational.

Install phpMyAdmin on Debian

First change the directory into install phpMyAdmin on Debian.

$ cd /usr/share

To download phpMyAdmin run the command as follows.

$ wget https://www.phpmyadmin.net/downloads/phpMyAdmin-latest-all-languages.zip -O phpmyadmin.zip

Unzip the archive you just downloaded as follows.

$ unzip phpmyadmin.zip

After unzipping, remove the downloaded archive.

$ rm -f phpmyadmin.zip

Then rename the unzipped directory.

$ mv phpMyAdmin-*-all-languages phpmyadmin

And change the permissions to the phpMyAdmin directory.

$ chmod -R 0755 phpmyadmin

Apache2 config for phpMyAdmin

Now create an Apache2 configuration file for phpMyAdmin /etc/apache2/conf-available/phpmyadmin.conf.

Paste the following content into the terminal shell.

$ cat << EOF > /etc/apache2/conf-available/phpmyadmin.conf
Alias /phpmyadmin /usr/share/phpmyadmin

<Directory /usr/share/phpmyadmin>
    Options SymLinksIfOwnerMatch
    DirectoryIndex index.php

<Directory /usr/share/phpmyadmin/templates>
    Require all denied
<Directory /usr/share/phpmyadmin/libraries>
    Require all denied
<Directory /usr/share/phpmyadmin/setup/lib>
    Require all denied

Check the new Apache2 configuration you just modified.

$ apachectl -t
Syntax OK

Enable the Apache2 configuration file you just created.

$ a2enconf phpmyadmin

And reload the Apache2 web server.

$ systemctl reload apache2

Create the temporary directory that phpMyAdmin needs.

$ mkdir /usr/share/phpmyadmin/tmp/

Now grant the web server user the required owner rights.

$ chown -R www-data:www-data /usr/share/phpmyadmin/tmp/

  Up to and including Debian 10 and Ubuntu, password authentication to the MariaDB server is not possible by default for root login (e.g. via phpMyAdmin) for security reasons. On Debian 11, however, this is possible. For Debian 10, the following steps can be performed to allow root login using a password as well.

$ mysql -u root
UPDATE mysql.user SET plugin = 'mysql_native_password' WHERE user = 'root' AND plugin = 'unix_socket';

The Apache2 web server with PHP 8, the MariaDB server and phpMyAdmin is now ready to use.

The phpMyAdmin website can be reached by adding /phpmyadmin to the IP address or FQDN in the browser URL.
for example:

View and change PHP version

If several PHP versions are installed on the system, an installed PHP version can be activated for the Apache2 web server.

The corresponding module is activated with the Apache helper, with the command a2enmod, and deactivated with a2dismod.

$ a2dismod php7.4
$ a2enmod php8.2
$ systemctl restart apache2

The current PHP version and modules are displayed by creating a php file with the following content. If no other Apache2 site is available, this can be saved as phpinfo.php in the docroot at /usr/share/phpmyadmin.


The PHP settings for the Apache2 web server are displayed in tabular form in the web browser. i.e.

  For productive systems, phpinfo should be removed again.

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