Docker container for phpMyAdmin
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Official phpMyAdmin Docker image

Run phpMyAdmin with Alpine, supervisor, nginx and PHP FPM.

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All following examples will bring you phpMyAdmin on http://localhost:8080 where you can enjoy your happy MySQL administration.


phpMyAdmin does use MySQL server credential, please check the corresponding server image for information how it is setup.

The official MySQL and MariaDB use following environment variables to define these:

  • MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD - This variable is mandatory and specifies the password that will be set for the root superuser account.
  • MYSQL_USER, MYSQL_PASSWORD - These variables are optional, used in conjunction to create a new user and to set that user's password.

Docker hub tags

You can use following tags on Docker hub:

  • latest - latest stable release
  • 4.6 - latest stable release from the 4.6 branch
  • 4.7 - latest stable release from the 4.7 branch
  • edge - bleeding edge docker image (contains stable phpMyAdmin, but the Docker image changes might not yet be fully tested)
  • edge-4.7 - bleeding edge docker image + latest snapshots from 4.7 branch
  • edge-4.8 - bleeding edge docker image + latest snapshots from 4.8 branch (currently master)

Usage with linked server

First you need to run MySQL or MariaDB server in Docker, and this image need link a running mysql instance container:

docker run --name myadmin -d --link mysql_db_server:db -p 8080:80 phpmyadmin/phpmyadmin

Usage with external server

You can specify MySQL host in the PMA_HOST environment variable. You can also use PMA_PORT to specify port of the server in case it's not the default one:

docker run --name myadmin -d -e PMA_HOST=dbhost -p 8080:80 phpmyadmin/phpmyadmin

Usage with arbitrary server

You can use arbitrary servers by adding ENV variable PMA_ARBITRARY=1 to the startup command:

docker run --name myadmin -d -e PMA_ARBITRARY=1 -p 8080:80 phpmyadmin/phpmyadmin

Usage with docker-compose and arbitrary server

This will run phpMyAdmin with arbitrary server - allowing you to specify MySQL/MariaDB server on login page.

Using the docker-compose.yml from

docker-compose up -d

Run the E2E tests with docker-compose

You can run the E2E tests with the local test environment by running MariaDB/MySQL databases. Adding ENV variable PHPMYADMIN_RUN_TEST=true already added on docker-compose file. Simply run:

Using the docker-compose.testing.yml from

docker-compose -f docker-compose.testing.yml up phpmyadmin

Adding Custom Configuration

You can add your own custom settings (such as Configuration Storage setup) by creating a file named "" with the various user defined settings in it, and then linking it into the container using:

-v /some/local/directory/

On the "docker run" line like this:

docker run --name myadmin -d --link mysql_db_server:db -p 8080:80 -v /some/local/directory/ phpmyadmin/phpmyadmin

See the following links for config file information.

Usage behind reverse proxys

Set the variable PMA_ABSOLUTE_URI to the fully-qualified path ( where the reverse proxy makes phpMyAdmin available.

Environment variables summary

  • PMA_ARBITRARY - when set to 1 connection to the arbitrary server will be allowed
  • PMA_HOST - define address/host name of the MySQL server
  • PMA_VERBOSE - define verbose name of the MySQL server
  • PMA_PORT - define port of the MySQL server
  • PMA_HOSTS - define comma separated list of address/host names of the MySQL servers
  • PMA_VERBOSES - define comma separated list of verbose names of the MySQL servers
  • PMA_PORTS - define comma separated list of ports of the MySQL servers
  • PMA_USER and PMA_PASSWORD - define username to use for config authentication method
  • PMA_ABSOLUTE_URI - define user-facing URI

For more detailed documentation see

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