I'm running Ubuntu 16.04 on Virtualbox. I install apache2.4.18, php7.0.8, libapache2-mod-php7.0, mysql5.7.16 and phpMyAdmin(4:

When I type localhost/phpmyadmin in the browser (Firefox), I get lots of code instead of the web page for phpMyAdmin. What could be the source of the problem?

Here's a screenshot

Edit: phpinfo() is working, but phpMyAdmin is not.

Also I tried typing these commands in the terminal: "a2query -m php7.0" "a2enmod php7.0" They showed that php is enabled.


  • On kubuntu 21.10 - follow same instructions as in question above and answer below, but use php version 8.0 (not 7.0)
    – ATutorMe
    Jan 27 at 2:01

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I was facing the exact same problem and it was solved for me by doing this:

sudo a2enmod proxy_fcgi setenvif
sudo a2enconf php7.0-fpm
sudo service apache2 restart

How and Why: This happens when PHP7 doesn't configure the default fast-CGI service in the make script. sudo a2enmod proxy_fcgi setenvif creates three new mods

  1. /mods-available/proxy.conf
  2. proxy_fcgi.load
  3. proxy.load

Likewise, sudo a2enconf php7.0-fpm creates a config file /conf-available/php7.0-fpm.conf Once this is done and Apache2 can then run the PHP7 module as a fast-CGI service



Is php properly configured? It sounds like it isn't.

Try creating a php file with the following content, and see if it renders:



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    phpinfo() is working, but phpMyAdmin is not.
    – Matias
    Dec 17, 2016 at 7:11
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    Also I tried typing these commands in the terminal: "a2query -m php7.0", and "a2enmod php7.0" in the terminal. They showed that php is enabled.
    – Matias
    Dec 17, 2016 at 7:17
  • @Matias These two comments are helpful and they should also be added to your question. To edit your question click this link: askubuntu.com/posts/861493/edit
    – karel
    Dec 17, 2016 at 7:27
  • @Matias Would you share your apache config files? That could help.
    – Ben Yanke
    Dec 17, 2016 at 16:52

Looks like php is not installed?

Here's the command to install php.

sudo apt-get install php

If you're still having issues, reconfigure phpmyadmin, and then reload apache.

sudo dpkg-reconfigure phpmyadmin
sudo service apache2 reload

I typically run sudo apt-get install lamp-server^

This command will install latest packages for apache, php, and other dependencies needed for web apps such as phpmyadmin, wordpres..etc. I highly recommend purging everything and run that command.

  • Thanks, but I want to build the lamp server from scratch.
    – Matias
    Dec 17, 2016 at 7:18
  • I have updated my answer with troubleshooting steps.
    – CeFu
    Dec 17, 2016 at 7:23
  • I tried "sudo dpkg-reconfigure phpmyadmin", but it didn't help.
    – Matias
    Dec 17, 2016 at 7:52

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