How to download, install and change phpMyAdmin Themes within shell

Here we are, if you read this article about phpmyadmin, mysql, phpminiadmin and my suggestions about the importance to have a immediate visual perception on which server you are working on, well you probably want to change the phpMyAdmin theme on some of your machine or website, in order to distinguish them (it’s very comfortable when migrating data across two servers). PhpMyAdmin makes available some theme from this page

To do this i will check for the downloadability of these theme directly with wget as i think it is unuseful to download on my mac first and then reupload (what a traffic!). And yes, the links to the packages are pretty static so, no redirect and messy filenames with wget.

Let’s log in into our Debian machine and i’m afraid we need to become root with the command:

su -

Once done, go straight to the phpMyAdmin themes dir:

cd /usr/share/phpmyadmin/themes

and then, check for compatibility and download some theme packages with the the command:


Tip: pick the url just until the file extension (.zip) there is no need for the rest of the url and it will give errore with wget. After it finished you can check for your file with a rapid “ls -al”.

Once finished downloading let’s extract our zip in place with the command:


You will now find your new theme, in the first page drop down theme selectpr right after login, ready to be used. Just, remember to remove the zip archive, unuseful and space killer.

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Author: Giuseppe Urso

Giuseppe lives in Haarlem now with his shiny dog, Filippa In 1982 received his first home computer, a Commodore 64, followed by Datasette and a 1541 Floppy Disk Drive. In 1999 he installed his first Linux distro (LRH6). In 2006 he switched to Debian as favourite OS. Giuseppe Urso actively sustains the Free Software Fundation and his founder Richard Mattew Stallman, he speaks to people trying to convince them to join the fight now, and about how important is to use Free Software only. He has a job as Infra Specialist at Hippo Enterprise Java Cms an Open Source Enterprise class Content Management System, one of the coolest company ever, in Amsterdam. He's always ready to install Debian on other people computers for free.

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