.. _require: Requirements ============ Web server ---------- Since, phpMyAdmin's interface is based entirely in your browser, you'll need a web server (such as Apache, :term:`IIS`) to install phpMyAdmin's files into. PHP --- * You need PHP 5.2.0 or newer, with ``session`` support, the Standard PHP Library (SPL) extension and JSON support. * To support uploading of ZIP files, you need the PHP ``zip`` extension. * For proper support of multibyte strings (eg. UTF-8, which is currently the default), you should install the ``mbstring`` and ``ctype`` extensions. * You need GD2 support in PHP to display inline thumbnails of JPEGs ("image/jpeg: inline") with their original aspect ratio. * When using the cookie authentication (the default), the `mcrypt `_ extension is strongly suggested for most users and is **required** for 64–bit machines. Not using mcrypt will cause phpMyAdmin to load pages significantly slower. * To support upload progress bars, see :ref:`faq2_9`. * To support XML and Open Document Spreadsheet importing, you need PHP 5.2.17 or newer and the `libxml `_ extension. .. seealso:: :ref:`faq1_31`, :ref:`authentication_modes` Database -------- phpMyAdmin support MySQL compatible databases. * MySQL 5.0 or newer * MariaDB 5.0 or newer * Drizzle .. seealso:: :ref:`faq1_17` Web browser ----------- To access phpMyAdmin you need a web browser with cookies and javascript enabled.