How to setup phpMyAdmin in Homestead

Writing this for my own reference. Hope it helps someone too.

Install using Ubuntu repository:

This will install phpMyAdmin from Ubuntu’s repositories. Assuming that your projects live in /home/vagrant/Code:

  1. On your hosting machine, open a terminal, go to your homestead folder, after “vagrant up”, enter “vagrant ssh” to ssh to your virtual machine.
  2. Then enter “sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin” (Do not select apache2 nor lighttpd when prompted. Just hit tab and enter.)
  3. You will be prompted whether to set up a database, select “OK” and when prompted for password, enter “secret”. (This is the default password for Homestead’s MySQL.)
  4. Now enter “sudo ln -s /usr/share/phpmyadmin/ /home/vagrant/Code/phpmyadmin”
  5. Finally, enter “cd ~/Code && serve /home/vagrant/Code/phpmyadmin”

For Mac/Linux users, follow the following step to add a nice URL for phpMyAdmin.

  1. On your hosting machine, edit the /etc/hosts file with the command “sudo nano /etc/hosts”. I like the nano editor, feel free to use any editor.
  2. Add the following (you can use your virtual machine’s IP address instead of
  3. If you’re using nano editor, press keys Control + o (letter o) to save the changes. Then press keys Control + x to exit the editor.
  4. Now open a browser.
  5. Go to
  6. That’s it!


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