How to install PhpMyAdmin + Nginx in Mac OS X

Published by Igor Khrupin on

In previous post I’ve talked about installing MySQL in Mac OS X.

Today I want to talk about PhpMyAdmin. Tool which help work with MySQL databases.

Here steps how to install it and configure under Nginx webserver.

1. Create virtualhost for PhpMyAdmin.

Create /usr/local/etc/nginx/sites-available/phpmyadmin file with next content

server {
    listen   80; 

    server_name  phpmyadmin;
    root       /var/www/phpmyadmin/;

    index index.php index.html index.htm;
    access_log  /usr/local/etc/nginx/logs/phpmyadmin.access.log;
    error_log  /usr/local/etc/nginx/logs/phpmyadmin.error.log;
    location ~ \.php$ {
        try_files      $uri = 404;
        fastcgi_index  index.php;
        fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
        include        fastcgi_params;

    error_page  404     /404.html;
    error_page  403     /403.html;

Edit hosts for PhpMyAdmin

Open /etc/hosts file and add next line	phpmyadmin

/etc/hosts file should looks like this:

# Host Database
# localhost is used to configure the loopback interface
# when the system is booting.  Do not change this entry.
##	localhost	phpmyadmin	broadcasthost
::1             localhost

Make symbolic link to sites-avalable/phpmyadmin into sites-enabled

sudo ln -s /usr/local/etc/nginx/sites-available/phpmyadmin /usr/local/etc/nginx/sites-enabled/phpmyadmin

Save files and restart Nginx

sudo nginx -s stop
sudo nginx

2. Download PhpMyAdmin

Link for downloading

3. Put PhpMyAdmin into Nginx document root

Unzip phpmyadmin archive into /var/www directory

cd <folder with downloadded zip>
unzip -d /var/www

Rename /var/www/phpMyAdmin-4.7.5-all-languages into /var/www/phpmyadmin

cd /var/www/
mv phpMyAdmin-4.7.5-all-languages phpmyadmin

4. Launch/restart nginx and start php-fpm

sudo nginx -s stop
sudo nginx
sudo brew services start php71 

5. Test phpmyadmin VirtualHost

curl -IL http://phpmyadmin

Output should be like this:

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Server: nginx/1.12.1
Date: Sun, 26 Nov 2017 22:12:23 GMT
Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8
Connection: keep-alive
X-Powered-By: PHP/7.1.11
Set-Cookie: pmaCookieVer=5; expires=Tue, 26-Dec-2017 22:12:22 GMT; Max-Age=2592000; path=/; HttpOnly
Set-Cookie: pma_lang=en; expires=Tue, 26-Dec-2017 22:12:23 GMT; Max-Age=2592000; path=/; HttpOnly
Set-Cookie: pma_collation_connection=utf8mb4_unicode_ci; expires=Tue, 26-Dec-2017 22:12:23 GMT; Max-Age=2592000; path=/; HttpOnly
Set-Cookie: phpMyAdmin=c3acgrslgm88jlmvl2ovnoh2eq; path=/; HttpOnly
X-ob_mode: 1
X-Frame-Options: DENY
Referrer-Policy: no-referrer
Content-Security-Policy: default-src 'self' ;script-src 'self' 'unsafe-inline' 'unsafe-eval' ;;style-src 'self' 'unsafe-inline' ;img-src 'self' data:  *;
X-Content-Security-Policy: default-src 'self' ;options inline-script eval-script;referrer no-referrer;img-src 'self' data:  *;
X-WebKit-CSP: default-src 'self' ;script-src 'self'  'unsafe-inline' 'unsafe-eval';referrer no-referrer;style-src 'self' 'unsafe-inline' ;img-src 'self' data:  *;
X-XSS-Protection: 1; mode=block
X-Content-Type-Options: nosniff
X-Permitted-Cross-Domain-Policies: none
X-Robots-Tag: noindex, nofollow
Expires: Sun, 26 Nov 2017 22:12:23 +0000
Cache-Control: no-store, no-cache, must-revalidate,  pre-check=0, post-check=0, max-age=0
Pragma: no-cache
Last-Modified: Sun, 26 Nov 2017 22:12:23 +0000
Vary: Accept-Encoding

6. Test PhpMyAdmin in browser

Open http://phpmyadmin in your browser. You should see next page:

7. Login into PhpMyAdmin.

Username: root
Password: Which you have created for ROOT MySQL user during MySQL installation process.
You will see next page:


PhpMyAdmin installed. Happy codding!


Sameer · 23 September, 2018 at 09:50

Hi done all steps correctly but after if i got to http://phpmyadmin url still the welcome page of nginx only showing.

Abhi · 5 March, 2020 at 18:18

I am getting a warining that says
nginx: [warn] conflicting server name “phpmyadmin” on, ignored

How can I fix it?

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