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Installing Apache2 With PHP5 And MySQL Support On CentOS 6.3 (LAMP) - Page 2

5 Testing PHP5 / Getting Details About Your PHP5 Installation

The document root of the default web site is /var/www/html. We will now create a small PHP file (info.php) in that directory and call it in a browser. The file will display lots of useful details about our PHP installation, such as the installed PHP version.

vi /var/www/html/info.php

Now we call that file in a browser (e.g.

As you see, PHP5 is working, and it's working through the Apache 2.0 Handler, as shown in the Server API line. If you scroll further down, you will see all modules that are already enabled in PHP5. MySQL is not listed there which means we don't have MySQL support in PHP5 yet.


6 Getting MySQL Support In PHP5

To get MySQL support in PHP, we can install the php-mysql package. It's a good idea to install some other PHP5 modules as well as you might need them for your applications. You can search for available PHP5 modules like this:

yum search php

Pick the ones you need and install them like this:

yum install php-mysql php-gd php-imap php-ldap php-mbstring php-odbc php-pear php-xml php-xmlrpc

APC is a free and open PHP opcode cacher for caching and optimizing PHP intermediate code. It's similar to other PHP opcode cachers, such as eAccelerator and Xcache. It is strongly recommended to have one of these installed to speed up your PHP page.

APC can be installed as follows:

yum install php-pecl-apc

Now restart Apache2:

/etc/init.d/httpd restart

Now reload in your browser and scroll down to the modules section again. You should now find lots of new modules there, including the MySQL module:


7 phpMyAdmin

phpMyAdmin is a web interface through which you can manage your MySQL databases.

First we enable the RPMforge repository on our CentOS system as phpMyAdmin is not available in the official CentOS 6.3 repositories:

Import the RPMforge GPG key:

rpm --import

On x86_64 systems:

yum install

On i386 systems:

yum install

phpMyAdmin can now be installed as follows:

yum install phpmyadmin

Now we configure phpMyAdmin. We change the Apache configuration so that phpMyAdmin allows connections not just from localhost (by commenting out the <Directory "/usr/share/phpmyadmin"> stanza):

vi /etc/httpd/conf.d/phpmyadmin.conf
#  Web application to manage MySQL

#<Directory "/usr/share/phpmyadmin">
#  Order Deny,Allow
#  Deny from all
#  Allow from

Alias /phpmyadmin /usr/share/phpmyadmin
Alias /phpMyAdmin /usr/share/phpmyadmin
Alias /mysqladmin /usr/share/phpmyadmin

Next we change the authentication in phpMyAdmin from cookie to http:

vi /usr/share/phpmyadmin/
/* Authentication type */
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['auth_type'] = 'http';

Restart Apache:

/etc/init.d/httpd restart

Afterwards, you can access phpMyAdmin under


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By: Ben McQueen

You should mention that you need to enter the root and password of you mysql database into the phpmyadmin login screen

By: Omar Elfaroug

Really great article,

It'll get you up and running within no time, remember to enter your user name and password you've set earlier when you set up your msql database at the end when you reach phpmyadmin.

By: Pat

Hi, been trying to find a guide for setting up access to this setup via ftp, ie i want to be able to use dreamweaver to develop a single php/mysql website.

Ive been searching over the last few days, and found lots of guides to setup vsftpd, and have no problem with this, my problem is A) i cant change the document root to a users folder, httpd fails with folder must be a directory, and B) after creating a user and seting their home folder to /var/www/html i cannot create files or folders in dreamweaver.

 I have PHP, and phpMyAdmin working, just this ftp part.

 Ive messed around with more than i can remember at this point, and will now just start from scratch.

im sure this could be made real simple by you guys, im trying to learn php / mysql, Im hoping im not gonna have to learn linux first, although I will try stuff, and have been !

Regards. Pat.

By: Anonymous

Step by step, this How To is very good


Excellent step by step guide :)

By: l.kajcsu

Excelent article, thank you...

yes, in the end you need to type your phpmyadmin root user and password / what is belong to only for phpmyadmin, secure just this / 

THX , that is a fresh, nice article, every command works well.

By: Maldonado W