Access Digital Ocean Managed MySQL Database through phpmyadmin

  • Posted September 24, 2020
  • MySQL

How can I connect to a Managed Digital Ocean Database? I tried started a new droplet using the one-click PHPMyAdmin and altered the /etc/phpmyadmin/ with the following

$cfg['Servers'][$i]['host']          = '';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['port']          = '';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['connect_type']  = 'tcp';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['extension']     = 'mysql';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['compress']      = FALSE;
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['auth_type']     = 'config';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['user']          = '';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['password']      = '';

Obviously I filled in the blanks with the information provided in the DB dashboard.

And yes I authorized the droplet to connect in the security settings.


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hey mbrantley,

you have to ForeceSSL to do that edit /etc/phpmyadmin/

and add this line at the end of the file

$cfg['ForceSSL'] = true;

also set auth_type to cookie

$cfg['Servers'][$i]['auth_type'] = 'cookie';

hopefully, this will solve your issue.

cheers, Ali


There are a couple of things that I could suggest:

  • Make sure that you are using the latest PHP version
  • Make sure that you are using mysql_native_password and not caching_sha2_password
  • If this still does not exist, I would recommend installing the latest version of PHPMyAdmin as described here rather than using the 1-Click installation:

This will allow you to have the latest PHPMyAdmin version which is compatible with MySQL 8.

Hope that this helps. Regards, Bobby