phpMyAdmin: Cannot load mysql extension. Please check your PHP configuration

I got new server and installed phpMyAdmin. But whenever I visit the phpmyadmin url it says:

Cannot load mysql extension. Please check your PHP configuration

How do I fix this problem under CentOS / RHEL / Fedora Linux Apache web server?

You need to install php-mysql which is a module for PHP applications that use MySQL databases. You may also need to install the following:

  • php-mysql : Module for PHP applications that use MySQL databases
  • php-gd : A module for PHP applications for using the gd graphics library
  • php-mbstring : A module for PHP applications which need multi-byte string handling
  • php-mcrypt : Standard PHP module provides mcrypt library support

Type the following command to fix your issue:
# yum -y install php-mysql
# service httpd graceful

# apachectl -k graceful
No need to edit /etc/php.ini as php-mysql package comes pre configured with /etc/php.d/mysql.ini file:
# cat /etc/php.d/mysql.ini
Sample outputs:

; Enable mysql extension module

Optional Modules

To install other modules type:
# yum -y install php-mbstring php-mcrypt php-gd
# service httpd graceful

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6 comments… add one
  • Pablo Oct 14, 2011 @ 8:03

    Thank you, Works fine for me.

  • shels Nov 13, 2011 @ 4:55

    No package php-mcrypt available

  • Charles Apr 20, 2012 @ 19:00

    Great post, I was able to connect immediately.

  • nelyyva Sep 7, 2012 @ 10:26

    thanks a lot, this saved my day!!

  • zion Dec 26, 2012 @ 6:01

    thanks , it solved myproblem .

  • vahid Sep 20, 2015 @ 5:40

    hey dude.. where should i type that command?

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