Upgrade phpmyadmin


This guide helps you to upgrade an existing installation of phpmyadmin from source. This may be necessary if the provided version of your OS lags behind the available version and/or you see php errors when using it and you need an updated version.

phpmyadmin gets rarely upgraded as Ubuntu installation. Usually only on Ubuntu LTS upgrades. In case Ubuntu upgrades in between, just redo the procedure described below.
The guide has been tested, is at it is and comes without any warranty.


Please note, you must already have an existig, configured and working phpmyadmin installation. Check your existing version with following command:

sudo apt-cache policy phpmyadmin

When using phpmyadmin, post login, look at the bottom right side to see the actual version running.

phpmyadmin v4.9.5deb2

You will find the existing installation in directory: /usr/share/phpmyadmin

Upgrade phpmyadmin

To download phpmyadmin, see the phpmyadmin download page and select a version that fits your needs. Then start downloading, extracting and putting the files to the correct location.

Download and Move

The following example uses phpMyAdmin-5.0.4-all-languages as basis for upgrading. It renames the old installation because we need to keep some basic configuration settings.

cd /tmp
sudo wget https://files.phpmyadmin.net/phpMyAdmin/5.0.4/phpMyAdmin-5.0.4-all-languages.tar.gz
sudo tar -xvf phpMyAdmin-5.0.4-all-languages.tar.gz
sudo mv /usr/share/phpmyadmin /usr/share/phpmyadmin.old
sudo mkdir -p /usr/share/phpmyadmin
sudo cp -r phpMyAdmin-5.0.4-all-languages/. /usr/share/phpmyadmin
sudo rm -r phpMyAdmin-5.0.4-all-languages*

Recreate Basic Configuration Settings

Because the upgrade has default basic configuration settings, it is necessary to recreate them based on the former settings coming from the Ubuntu installation. The file to change can be found in /usr/share/phpmyadmin/libraries/vendor_config.php. To keep a copy of the original file from the update, create a backup with:

cd /usr/share/
sudo cp phpmyadmin/libraries/vendor_config.php phpmyadmin/libraries/vendor_config.php.orig

Then, open two editors of your choice in parallel with following files:

(1) - phpmyadmin/libraries/vendor_config.php
(2) - phpmyadmin.old/libraries/vendor_config.php

Step One

Search in (1) for define('TEMP_DIR', ROOT_PATH . 'tmp/');
Search in (2) for define('TEMP_DIR',

Replace in (1) ROOT_PATH . 'tmp/' with the value of (2). This can be eg: '/var/lib/phpmyadmin/tmp/'

Step Two

Search in (1) for define('CONFIG_DIR', ROOT_PATH);
Search in (2) for define('CONFIG_DIR',

Replace in (1) ROOT_PATH with the value of (2). This can be eg: '/etc/phpmyadmin/'


When the upgrade has finished, test it by logging in. When succeeded, check the actual version running at the bottom right of the screen.

phpmyadmin v5.0.4

When you are fine with your upgrade, you can safely delete the old installation files.

cd /usr/share/
sudo rm -r /usr/share/phpmyadmin.old