[phpMyAdmin] How to enable Designer in phpMyAdmin

Some times we need to create ERD. In phpMyAdmin this can be done very easily. Just you need to change some configuration.

I am assuming that you have already installed phpMyAdmin (in my case it’s version). You have to follow these simple steps;

Step 1: Open the file


Step 2: Find and change these configuration like this:

$cfg[‘Servers’][$i][‘pmadb’] = ‘phpmyadmin’;
$cfg[‘Servers’][$i][‘bookmarktable’] = ‘pma_bookmark’;
$cfg[‘Servers’][$i][‘relation’] = ‘pma_relation’;
$cfg[‘Servers’][$i][‘table_info’] = ‘pma_table_info’;
$cfg[‘Servers’][$i][‘table_coords’] = ‘pma_table_coords’;
$cfg[‘Servers’][$i][‘pdf_pages’] = ‘pma_pdf_pages’;
$cfg[‘Servers’][$i][‘column_info’] = ‘pma_column_info’;
$cfg[‘Servers’][$i][‘history’] = ‘pma_history’;
$cfg[‘Servers’][$i][‘designer_coords’] = ‘pma_designer_coords’;

Step 3: Now, create a database name phpmyadmin. You can copy and paste in these script.

Click to download phpmyadmin.sql

**NOTE: People are getting some unknown characters like ‘–’ and facing difficulties to load the SQL into the database. So I remove the SQL block form here and upload that in my github repository. Please download from there and accept my apologies for that.

you are done!

Step 4: Now select any of your database from the left side database list

Step 5: You will get a “Designer” tab

Step 6: Now, you need to logged out to phpmyadmin and then log-in again to be able to see the Designer tab. Click on the “Designer” tab and you will get something like this:

That’s all, you can now enjoy the model 😉

Updated suggest by:
– Meri Alvarado

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