Install PHPMyAdmin on IIS7 and Server 2008

- select the contributor at the end of the page -
After installing our copy of MySQL on IIS7 and Server 2008, you might be wondering what to do next. Well if you don't feel like learning the command line sequences for MySQL you might be interested in using a web based GUI based tool which will make managing the databases a lot easier.

This tool is called PHPMyAdmin and can be found at

What will you be able to do with PHPMyAdmin in the database? Here is a list of some of the features:

  • browse and drop databases, tables, views, fields and indexes
  • create, copy, drop, rename and alter databases, tables, fields and indexes
  • maintenance server, databases and tables, with proposals on server configuration
  • execute, edit and bookmark any SQL-statement, even batch-queries
  • load text files into tables
  • administer multiple servers
  • create and read dumps of tables
  • search globally in a database or a subset of it

And that is just the short list of features of this very powerful application. It recently was named Best of Open Source Platforms and Middleware by Infoworld.

Note: PHPMyAdmin requires both PHP and MySql to be installed on the server. If you need to please refer back to my articles on installing them:

Download and Install PHPMyAdmin

Ok so now that we know why we should install it, let's get to the actual installation part. But before we begin, let's go download the software at:

The current version as I write this article is 2.11.9, so I am going to go ahead and download that to get started. Which version you use will depend on your environment; I am going to use the for this demo. Let's get started!

1. Extract the files from the archive to a site that is available on the web server (remember the application is web based).

For this demo I am going to use C:\inetpub\wwwroot\phpmyadmin

Install PHPMyAdmin on IIS7 - 1

2. Now start IIS Manager and expand the default website; right click on phpmyadmin and left click on Convert to Application.

Install PHPMyAdmin on IIS7 - 2

3. You can leave the default settings in place for the Add Application window and click OK.

Install PHPMyAdmin on IIS7 - 3

4. Create a folder to save your PHP sessions; for our example I am going to use C:\temp\phpsessions and give full rights to the following users:



Network Service

5. Now go into your php directory and find php.ini -- we have to make a few changes:

Find session.save_path and set it to the same as you used in step 4 which in our case is C:\temp\phpsessions and save the file.

Install PHPMyAdmin on IIS7 - 4

6. Please note that this application requires the following extensions for PHP:




If you do not have these on your server already, please install them. If you are using my article to install PHP then in step 6 just add the above extensions to your installation, or if you already installed it rerun the installer msi file and modify your installation to include these extensions.

To check if they are installed do a search for extension=php_mysql in the php.ini and you should see it uncommented.

Do the same for the other extensions:



Install PHPMyAdmin on IIS7 - 5

7. Go into IIS Manager, go to the default site (that is if you have been following my demo, if you have been modifying your site location or path then use that) and click on Default Document.

Install PHPMyAdmin on IIS7 - 6

8. In the right pane click Add…

Install PHPMyAdmin on IIS7 - 7

9. In the dialog box type index.php and click Ok.

Install PHPMyAdmin on IIS7 - 8

10. Go to the directory that you unzipped PHPMyAdmin to and look for a file named and open it in Wordpad. (You can use notepad but it tends to jumble everything up)

11. Now find the line $cfg[‘blowfish_secret'] = ‘'; you have to fill in this line with anything that you want but it needs to be a value.

Only up to 46 characters and it can be alphanumeric. In this case I am going to use trainsignal1111TST

Install PHPMyAdmin on IIS7 - 9

12. Go down to you see the section User for advanced features and uncomment (Remove the // from the front of the line) the two lines under that and change the pmapass to a different password, for this demo I am going to use trainsignal.

Install PHPMyAdmin on IIS7 - 10

13. next, go down to the next section Advanced phpMyadmin features and uncomment all the lines under it (remove the // from the front of the line).

Install PHPMyAdmin on IIS7 - 11

14. Now save this file as

15. Point your browser to http://localhost/phpmyadmin/ (if you have been following this example; if you have used a different site/directory then point to that) and you should see a login page.

Type in the userid and password for your local MySql server, then click Go.

Install PHPMyAdmin on IIS7 - 12

16. Now you are in and able to manage your MySql instance!

As a quick test let's create a database by scrolling to the Database link and clicking on it

Install PHPMyAdmin on IIS7 - 15

17. Type in the name of your new database, for this example I am going to use Trainsignaltraining and then click Create.

Install PHPMyAdmin on IIS7 - 16

18. You will now see a page that confirms that database Trainsignaltraining has been created.

Install PHPMyAdmin on IIS7 - 17

That's all there is to it, now you can quickly and easily manage you MySql databases on IIS7 through PHPMyAdmin.

Ready to test your skills in SQL? See how they stack up with this assessment from Smarterer. Start this SQL test now.


Get our content first. In your inbox.

Loading form...

If this message remains, it may be due to cookies being disabled or to an ad blocker.


Dave Lawlor

Dave Lawlor has been working in the IT field since leaving the U.S. Army in 1996.  Working his way up from printer hardware repair to running a corporate datacenter for a multinational corporation, Dave has seen many environments throughout the years. Focusing on web sites and search engine optimization the last few years, with the release of Server 2008 it has renewed his passion for the Wintel platform and server technologies. David also runs where he posts free videos and walk-throughs for a variety of server technologies. David currently works as a freelance technical consultant and writer for a variety of companies in the Chicago area. (MCTS, MCP, A+)