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php – Completely removing phpMyAdmin

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


I installed virtualmin and phpmyadmin separately using the apt-get command. phpMyAdmin didn’t work because of Virtualmin’s security settings (suexec).
When I visit mydomain.com/phpmyadmin, it would download the whole PHP page instead of execute it.
I tried disabling suexec but it didn’t work.
So now I want to remove phpMyAdmin.
I removed it using the apt-get remove command and also deleted the /etc/phpmyadmin folder.
But still, when I visit mydomain.com/phpmyadmin, it downloads the page. It probably means phpmyadmin wasn’t completely deleted.

What is the problem?

Please help.

How to&Answers:

Try running these commands in that order, they’re redundant but it’s ok

sudo dpkg -P phpmyadmin  
sudo rm -f /etc/apache2/conf.d/phpmyadmin.conf
sudo service apache2 restart


I had to run the following command:

sudo apt-get autoremove phpmyadmin

Then I cleared my cache and it worked!


I was having a similar problem. PHP was working on my sites configured by virtualmin but not for phpmyadmin. PHPMyAdmin would not execute and the file was being downloaded by the browser. Everything I was reading was saying that libapache2-mod-php5 was not installed but I knew it was… so the thing to do was to purge it and reinstall.

sudo apt-get purge libapache2-mod-php5

sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-php5

sudo apt-get purge phpmyadmin

sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart


Try purge

sudo aptitude purge phpmyadmin

Not sure this works with plain old apt-get though


I had same problem. Try the following command. This solved my problem.

sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-php5