MySQL Administration with phpMyAdmin

MySQL administration from the command line is an excellent skill to know, just in case you need it, but sometimes, graphical interfaces are easier and faster. Web-based configuration is also important if your dedicated server hosts websites for other users. You might not want them poking around in MySQL via SSH. In fact, you might not want them to have SSH access at all.

One free and open source solution for graphical MySQL administration is phpMyAdmin. You can easily install in the directory of your choice, and all a user needs to connect to MySQL with it is their normal database username and password. Furthermore, the root mysql user can login using the interface as well.

With phpMyAdmin, you can perform all of the normal MySQL tasks: create databases and users, add and drop tables, export databases, grant permissions, modify fields and rows, and even run advanced queries.

Because it uses a web interface, phpMyAdmin is also a good way to view your database in a visual format, even if you still prefer to manipulate it from the command line. You can also use it to export to a variety of formats, including CSV, SQL, XML, PDF, OpenDocument Text or Spreadsheet, MS Word, MS Excel, and LATEX. phpMyAdmin is also works well in scalable environments, giving you the ability to manage multiple MySQL servers.

phpMyAdmin is free and open source software, released under the GNU General Public License. You can download it from the project’s website or install it using your Linux distribution’s package manager..