You can use this config to simply define the username and password then phpmyadmin assumes the default host is localhost, however you can define many different config settings in this config file to change that.
If you are wanting to setup a local copy of phpmyadmin however are wanting it to connect to your database on a hosted account somewhere on the web etc. then you will have to be careful as this can be both a massive security threat and also impossible in some cases as certain web hosts do not allow external connections to mysql and all access must be done locally.
A good working example of how to create your config file can be found here http://service.futur...;kbarticleid=25
To get started, you'll need to create a file named config.inc.php directly within your phpMyAdmin directory. (There may be a config.sample.inc.php file in there already and, if you wish, you can create a copy of it and name it config.inc.php to use it as a template.)
Note: phpMyAdmin first loads libraries/config.default.php and then overrides those values with anything found in config.inc.php. If the default value is okay for a particular setting, there is no need to include it in config.inc.php. You'll need a few directives in your config.inc.php file though to get going and a simple configuration may look like this:
$cfg['PmaAbsoluteUri'] = 'http://example.com/pma/';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['host'] = 'MySQL.example.com';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['auth_type'] = 'cookie';
$cfg['blowfish_secret'] = 'Joey did 125 jumping jacks Tuesday morning!';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['user'] = '';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['password'] = '';
Your settings need to be entered in between the ' ' marks after the equal signs. A description of the settings follows, as well as the specific changes you need to make to the above sample configuration to have it work on your FutureQuest hosting package:
$cfg['PmaAbsoluteUri'] = 'http://example.com/pma/'; -- replace example.com with your domain name and pma with the name of the directory that contains your phpMyAdmin files
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['host'] = 'MySQL.example.com'; -- replace example.com with your domain name
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['auth_type'] = ''; -- dictates the authentication method used when connecting to your phpMyAdmin installation - see below
The options for authentication are:
cookie and http authentication methods - These methods are considered more secure than the config method, as your username and password are not stored on the server in your configuration file.
- cookie (recommended method)
config method - This method requires storing your MySQL username and password in the file on the server. Therefore, if you choose to use the config option, you will need to be sure to password protect the directory that your phpMyAdmin files reside in as otherwise anyone who would find the directory to your phpMyadmin installation would then be able to access your databases. This is EXTREMELY important. Do not skip the password protection step if you choose the config method. For information on how to password protect directories, visit the Password Protection Tutorial.
$cfg['blowfish_secret'] = ''; -- used with the cookie method only. If you specified cookie in the auth_type above, type in a random phrase up to 46 characters long for this setting. This passphrase is just used internally to encrypt the password - you will not be prompted for it later.
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['user'] = ''; -- MySQL username if you are using config method - otherwise leave blank
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['password'] = ''; -- MySQL password only if you are using config method - otherwise leave blank
Make sure you don't have any blank lines at the end of the file and save it as config.inc.php.
Now, open your web browser and visit
(replace example.com with your domain name and pma with whatever directory your phpMyAdmin is in). You should see a welcome page and, after logging in with your MySQL username and password if you used the cookie method above, you will be able to start working with your databases!
Important Note: For security reasons, phpMyAdmin now recommends that all installations protect access to the ./libraries and ./setup/lib subfolders in your phpMyAdmin directory. The easiest way to do this is probably just to password protect your entire phpMyAdmin directory. For information on how to password protect directories, visit the Password Protection Tutorial. !!! Remember !!! If you used the config authentication method, you will want to immediately password protect your phpAdmin directory to secure it and prevent general access.
FutureQuest strongly recommends password protecting ALL phpMyAdmin installations, even if using the cookie or http authentication options, as extra protection against unauthorized access.