Bringing MySQL to the web

History

Tobias Ratschiller, then an IT consultant and later founder of the software company Maguma, started to work on a PHP-based web front-end to MySQL in 1998, inspired by Peter Kuppelwieser's MySQL-Webadmin. He gave up the project (and phpAdsNew, of which he was also the original author) in 2000 because of lack of time.

By that time, phpMyAdmin had already become one of the most popular PHP applications and MySQL administration tools, with a large community of users and contributors. In order to coordinate the growing number of patches, a group of three developers, Olivier Müller, Marc Delisle and Loïc Chapeaux, registered the phpMyAdmin project at SourceForge.net and took over the development in 2001.

Milestone releases

Name

The phpMyAdmin name is obviously a mixture of PHP as the language it uses, MySQL as the database it manages and administration as the activity it handles. Even though the name seems to be quite simple, many people mix it up and they refer to phpMyAdmin under different names, such as myphpadmin, phpadmin, phpmysqladmin (these are the three most frequent Google searches going to this website aside from the correctly spelled variant).

Factoids

phpMyAdmin project currently has 8 developers. Over the life of the project on SourceForge.net, users have wrote 36359 posts into 3 forums and discussed various topics in 9 mailing lists.

Tracker Statistics

Tracker Description Open issues Total issues
Bugs Bug Tracking System 101 3838
Feature Requests Feature Request Tracking System 202 1427
Patches Patch Tracking System 24 772
Support Requests Tech Support Tracking System 0 1212
Themes Downloadable themes for phpMyAdmin 0 85