When working with databases, phpMyAdmin is a popular and convenient tool for managing MySQL databases through a web interface. However, if you’re new to phpMyAdmin, it might be confusing to find or retrieve your username and password. In this tutorial, you will learn how to get your phpMyAdmin username and password.
Step 1: Identify the MAMP or XAMPP Directory
For local development, you might be using MAMP (for macOS) or XAMPP (for Windows/Linux). These tools provide a local server environment with MySQL and phpMyAdmin pre-installed. To find your phpMyAdmin credentials, first, locate the root directory for your MAMP or XAMPP installation:
- MAMP: Typically found at
- XAMPP: Typically found at
Step 2: Locate the phpMyAdmin Configuration File
Within your MAMP or XAMPP directory, navigate to the phpMyAdmin configuration file (
config.inc.php). The file can be found in the following locations:
Step 3: Retrieve the Username and Password
config.inc.php file in a text editor. Search for the following lines:
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['user'] = 'root'; $cfg['Servers'][$i]['password'] = 'your_password';
In most cases, the default username is
root. The password, however, might be blank or set to a default value, like:
If your password is not the default value, search for the
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['password'] line to find the current password.
Step 4: Log in to phpMyAdmin
With your username and password in hand, you can now log in to phpMyAdmin. Open a web browser and navigate to your phpMyAdmin login page, which is typically found at:
Enter your username and password, and you should be able to access and manage your MySQL databases through phpMyAdmin.
Retrieving your phpMyAdmin username and password is a simple process. By locating the phpMyAdmin configuration file and checking the appropriate settings, you can easily access your database management tool. Happy coding!