Install Adminer on Debian/Ubuntu

Updated on April 11, 2015
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Adminer is a lightweight alternative to phpMyAdmin. In comparison, its total package size is 400KB, versus the 4.2MB of phpMyAdmin. Unlike phpMyAdmin, which can only manage MySQL databases, this lite database manager can be used to manage MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, MS SQL, Oracle, and SimpleDB database.

Thanks to its multi-language support, Adminer is used by individuals from around the world. It has language support for Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, Estonian, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish and Ukrainian.

This guide will explain how to setup Adminer on either Debian or Ubuntu.

Setup Adminer

It is required that Apache is already installed on your server. Once Apache is installed, Adminer can be installed from one of two sources.

From Debian/Ubuntu repositories

This is an older version, 3.3.3-1.

sudo apt-get install adminer

From the Adminer project homepage

Newer versions are offered here, such as 4.2.1.

sudo mkdir /usr/share/adminer
sudo wget "" -O /usr/share/adminer/latest.php
sudo ln -s /usr/share/adminer/latest.php /usr/share/adminer/adminer.php
echo "Alias /adminer.php /usr/share/adminer/adminer.php" | sudo tee /etc/apache2/conf-available/adminer.conf
sudo a2enconf adminer.conf

Once the installation completes, restart Apache.

sudo service apache2 restart 

At this point, the setup is complete. You can access Adminer at either of the following addresses.



Replace [SERVER_IP] with the IP address of your VPS.