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[Tut] phpMyAdmin – How to Connect a Remote Database?

phpMyAdmin – How to Connect a Remote Database?

<div style="margin: 5px 5% 10px 5%;"><img src="" width="550" height="321" title="" alt="" /></div><div><div class="modified-on" readability="7.0909090909091"> by <a href="">Vincy</a>. Last modified on March 16th, 2023.</div>
<p>Do you want to connect a remote server from the phpMyAdmin installed on a local or test server? This article gives the steps needed to achieve it.</p>
<p>There are many database clients, most of which support connecting a database server. But, working with phpMyAdmin to connect to a remote database server is heavenly easier than with other clients.</p>
<p>We have seen many tutorials for <a href="">phpMyAdmin to create a database</a> and perform the operations around it.</p>
<h2>Configure remote server details in the phpMyAdmin application config file</h2>
<p>A configuration file <code></code> is there for the phpMyAdmin application. Open that file and add the below settings into it.</p>
<p>This setting is to add the remote database details, host, username, and password. The database port is optional if it is the default.</p>
<p>Before setting the database details, it increments the existing config array index. We can add as many configurations as following the current batch of settings.</p>
<pre class="prettyprint"><code>$i++;
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['host'] = 'DATABASE_HOSTTongueORT';//set the database hostname.
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['user'] = 'DATABASE_USER';// set the remote database user
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['password'] = 'DATABASE_PASSWORD';// database password
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['auth_type'] = 'config';
<p>After adding these details, the phpMyAdmin application lists the configured database hostnames.</p>
<p>The list is a dropdown of selectable database hosts that appears above the left navigation menu.</p>
<p>The below figure shows the dropdown options of the current localhost and the RemoteHost server.</p>
<p>It allows navigation between these two database servers to manage their assets.</p>
<p><strong>Note:</strong> The RemoteHost:port is a test configuration data. Replace it with the remote database IP and port to be connected.</p>
<p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-large wp-image-20582" src="" alt="phpmyadmin remote database" width="550" height="321" srcset=" 550w, 300w, 768w, 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px"></p>
<p>These guidelines assume that you have the PHP and MySQL environment with the phpMyAdmin application installed.</p>
<p>If you newly create the environment or install the phpMyAdmin, ensure the required privileges and security measures. We have seen steps to <a href="">install phpMyAdmin on a windows</a> machine via the WAMP package installer.</p>
<h2>Security measures needed for the machine connecting the remote database</h2>
<h3>(1) Use a Linux environment</h3>
<p>Before connecting the remote database via phpMyAdmin, we must be confident about the security.</p>
<p>Linux-based machines are safe for proceeding with the remote connection.</p>
<p>If you are using a Windows machine, there are settings to enable WSL to let it be secure while working with the remote database servers.</p>
<h3>(2) Let login configuration empty</h3>
<p>When setup the remote database server configuration, let the username and password empty.</p>
<p>Set only the remote database server IP address to show in the phpMyAdmin web interface.</p>
<p>Choosing the remote server to connect will redirect to the phpMyAdmin login panel to enter the details.</p>
<h2>Directly access the remote phpMyAdmin web application URL</h2>
<p>If you know the URL of the phpMyAdmin web application installed on the remote server, we can visit and land on its login page.</p>
<p>The login page prompts the MySQL database host, username, and password. Entering and submitting these details allows access to the remote database.</p>
<p>Thus, we have seen the possible ways of connecting the remote database server using the phpMyAdmin application.</p>
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