Whenever I try to install phpmyadmin on my ubuntu server 18.04 I get the following errors

sudo apt install phpmyadmin php-mbstring php-gettext
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package phpmyadmin
E: Unable to locate package php-mbstring
E: Unable to locate package php-gettext

Most threads I ca find suggest reupdating and upgrading using apt, but doing so doesn't do anything, also I get that error on the fourth line

Err:5 http://ppa.launchpad.net/nijel/phpmyadmin/ubuntu bionic Release
  404  Not Found [IP: 80]
Hit:6 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates InRelease
Hit:7 http://download.webmin.com/download/repository sarge Release
Reading package lists... Done
E: The repository 'http://ppa.launchpad.net/nijel/phpmyadmin/ubuntu bionic Release' does not have a Release file.

Can someone help with this?


This worked for me:

sudo add-apt-repository universe


sudo apt install phpmyadmin
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    I had the same problem but installing xrdp, your solutions works great with this issue too – Gerardo Sánchez Sep 14 '18 at 19:18
  • This worked best for me to get phpmyadmin installed. Would recommend as the best answer. – Max Kulik Sep 26 '18 at 4:58

Your ppa doesn't serve phpmyadmin for bionic version. You should remove ppa first:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:nijel/phpmyadmin
sudo apt update

then run your command again

sudo apt install phpmyadmin php-mbstring php-gettext
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    Still same issue, unable to locate it – newbieandroid Aug 5 '18 at 10:39
  • have you try sudo apt dist-upgrade when upgrading? – eR_ Aug 5 '18 at 13:22

I have precisely the same issue. Tried sudo apt install phpmyadmin (with and without php-gettext and php-mbstring which I installed separately as I am using php7.1) but always get E: Unable to locate package phpmyadmin

and for the add-add-repository

E: The repository 'http://ppa.launchpad.net/nijel/phpmyadmin/ubuntu bionic Relea se' does not have a Release file. N: Updating from such a repository can't be done securely, and is therefore disa bled by default.

Also tried downloading the package from a mirror but got nowhere with that either.

Is the ppa broken and is there another solution or workaround or something I can do to help resolve this issue?

  • Please ask your own question – damadam Aug 17 '18 at 12:21

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