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How to Resolve phpMyAdmin 500 Internal Server Error

Typically, when users receive a 500 internal server error warning through phpMyAdmin, it comes down to an issue of permissions. phpMyAdmin requires specific permission settings and should this change for some reason, it can produce a 500 series error. Often, this is due to changes made when upgrading cPanel to newer versions.

Luckily, by updating the permissions of a couple specific files, you can usually resolve this issue in just a few steps.


Updating Permissions for phpMyAdmin

To change the permissions settings, follow these steps:

  1. To start, check the current permissions settings for the following files:



    To check the permissions, you’ll need to use the command:

    ls -l

  2. The files listed above should be set to 755 permissions. When listed out using the ls -l command, they should look like: rxxr-xr-x. If not, then change the permission to 755 using the command:

    chmod 775

    followed by the location of the file you’re changing.

  3. Once the permissions have been changed, execute the command shown below from the shell.


Now, with these permissions fixed, you should not receive the phpMyAdmin 500 internal server error anymore.


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