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QNAP – Installing MySQL and phpMyAdmin

QNAP – Installing MySQL and phpMyAdmin

As you might have noticed; I really like my QNAP NAS – it has proven to be flexible and reliable.

One of the nice things is that quite a bit of functionality comes pre-installed.
For example MySQL is default installed on your QNAP (not enabled).

I’ll show you how to enable MySQL and how to install phpMyAdmin.

Enabling MySQL

Enabling MySQL is straight forward; your QNAP NAS already comes with MySQL pre-installed.
NoteMySQL is available for other platforms as well: Windows, Linux, MacOS X.

Let’s get started … Open the Administration page of your QNAP and go to “Application Servers“. In that section select “MySQL Server“.

QNAP - Enable MySQL

QNAP – Enable MySQL

Now check “Enable MySQL Server” and check “Enable TCP/IP Networking” – make sure the “Port Number” is set to “3306” (you can change this later if you’d like, but for now we will use the default MySQL port).

Click the “Apply” button and wait for the MySQL server to activate. In essence: we’re done.

 QNAP Default Username/Password for MySQL 

The default username for MySQL on your QNAP is “root” and the default password is “admin“.In case you changed the password of root and forgot what it was;
In the “Application Servers” → “MySQL Server” page a “Reset root password” will allow you to reset it to it’s defaults.

– SSH / Command line access

You can access MySQL from the command line (using SSH) as well. It can be found at:


Web Server (Apache)

To make access to your MySQL database easier we’d also like to install phpMyAdmin so we can actually play with MySQL in a more convenient way, however phpMyAdmin runs on a web-server and needs PHP … so we need to do something about that first.

Both Apache and PHP are already installed on your QNAP under the package “Web Server” – again, we just need to enable it.

Go to “Network Services” and select “Web Server“.

Check “Enable Web Server“, make sure “Port Number” is set to “80“, remember or bookmark the link for access to the web-server (optional – during the phpMyAdmin installation, a link well be shown again) and click “Apply“.

QNAP - Enable the webserver for PHPMyAdmin

QNAP – Enable the webserver for PHPMyAdmin

So, now the web server on your QNAP is running as well – which automatically includes PHP.
You can test this by going to the link indicated when you enabled the web server (see image above).
Typically this link looks like this: http://<ip of your NAS>

You should see something like this:

QNAP - Your webserver is running and welcomes you ...

QNAP – Your webserver is running and welcomes you …

 QNAP Administration Page Access 

If you always used http://<ip of your NAS> to get to the admin pages of your QNAP, then you will notice that this no longer works.
Instead use: https://<ip of your NAS> or http://<ip of your NAS>:8080

phpMyAdmin QPKG

Finally we can now install the phpMyAdmin QPKG (download through the QPKG page of your QNAP or directly here)- you can do this “Application Server” → “QPKG Plugins” section. See How to Install a QNAP QPKG for more details.

When the installation is completed, take note of (or bookmark) the link to access phpMyAdmin:
http://<ip of your NAS>/phpMyAdmin

QNAP - PHPMyAdmin Installed! Take note of that link!

QNAP – PHPMyAdmin Installed! Take note of that link!

OK, we’re almost there … let’s try that link and see if we can access phpMyAdmin.
First you should see a login page – remember the default username (root) and password (admin) and click “Go” to login:

QNAP - PHPMyAdmin login

QNAP – PHPMyAdmin login

After login:

QNAP -PHPMyAdmin after login

QNAP -PHPMyAdmin after login

If this all worked out just fine; then we’re good to go … 

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  • Sep 16, 2013 - 8:41 AM - Raj Comment Link

    I’ve had a QNAP NAS for a few years now and just bought a second one. I really like them over their competitors however I’ve hit my first real snag. The version of MySQL installed is 5.1 and the current being 5.6. I’m trying to develop an application but I require the latest version of MySQL but I can’t see anyway to update it. Any ideas?



    • Sep 16, 2013 - 9:46 AM - hans Comment Link

      Hi Raj,

      First off: I would avoid do a manual update if MySQL, it could come with a boat load of issues.

      If your QNAP is Intel based, you might be able to use a linux version, but if your QNAP is ARM based, you will probably have to compile MySQL.

      Option 1: Try if apt-get update works … 
      Option 2: Recompile like this guy did …
      Option 3: Place a support ticket at QNAP requesting assistance …

      Personally, I would not do a manual upgrade (option 1 & 2). It seems to be an ongoing request though (QNAP forum).
      I’ve done quite a bit of development of apps that use MySQL and haven’t run into limitations yet … so I’m not sure what functionality you’re missing.



      • Sep 16, 2013 - 9:55 AM - Raj Comment Link


        Thanks for the reply. My problem comes when trying to the MySQL database with the latest version of Umbraco CMS. The setup db scripts it runs on creating a new a site fails at 90% due to some historical limitation on the number of “TIMESTAMP” columns you can have in a table. I’ve read that the latest version of MySQL lifts this limitation.

        Mine is an Intel based one but I’m not familiar enough with the internal working of the NAS (or Linux in general) so I wouldn’t even attempt to meddle with it.

        I too have just read the requests in the QNAP forums. It’s just a shame I can’t utilise the built in DB in the meantime.



      • Sep 16, 2013 - 10:07 AM - hans Comment Link

        Hi Raj,

        You’re welcome, and I wish I had a more helpful answer for you.

        What you could try is making a separate directory on your QNAP and dumping the files of a Linux Intel distribution in it.
        You’d have to modify the default port (3306), to not conflict with the original QNAP MySQL, in the config file.
        Then start mysql from there and see if it works ….
        This is a very poor way of doing it and the success rate is probably not very high.

        Since the rather high version requirement, I’d assume that more people run into this problem … or is MySQL not the “default” database they use?



        • Sep 16, 2013 - 10:13 AM - Raj Comment Link

          I might just give that a try!

          MySQL isn’t their (Umbraco) primary data source but it is the best free option. A few other developers (and I think many more to come) have run into this issue but they mostly likely aren’t using the MySQL installation in a QNAP product as I am trying to so updating isn’t an issue as it is for me.

          Thanks for your help though.



          • Sep 16, 2013 - 10:38 AM - hans Comment Link

            You;re welcome Raj … wish I could be more helpful 


  • Dec 6, 2014 - 11:07 AM - yodann Comment Link

    Hi Hans,

    unlike you, i have a problem with mysql on qnap. it worked few days until suddenly the mysql stopped working, and when i checked the directory, there’s no more mysql/bin. And i got the message of upgrading the firmware to the latest version. I checked the latest version of firmware, and my firmware is actually up to date.

    Do you think you know the problem?



    • Dec 7, 2014 - 3:18 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Yodann,

      I have not heard of this problem before, but missing a mysql/bin then I’d say that is critical.
      I’m not near my QNAP (traveling) but you could try uninstall and reinstall of MySQL through the QNAP qpkg’s – I’m not sure if that’s an option since MySQL seems a standard part of the QNAP software (see: Enabling MySQL).

      Not sure if the upgrade message is related.
      I’m always very nervous when upgrading my QNAP, I’ve heard many horror stories but all upgrades I have done in the past years went flawless.

      Maybe other readers have seen this issue.

      Things I found: StackOverflow, QNAP Forum

      The QNAP Forum link, even though a little old, covers missing binaries … hope this helps …



  • Dec 8, 2014 - 4:15 AM - yodann Comment Link

    Hi Hans,

    Yes, I guess you right. I shouldn’t upgrade hastily. I’m downgrading to ver 3.8.3 now and hopefully this issue doesn’t occur anymore. I let u know as well. Thanks.



    • Dec 8, 2014 - 4:28 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Thanks Yodann! 

      I can imagine that you’re not the only one running into this issue! Keeping my fingers crossed that it works! 



  • Feb 6, 2018 - 1:03 PM - Arya Comment Link

    how to download qnap



    • Feb 16, 2018 - 10:58 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      You don’t … QNAP is a company that builds NAS devices. 
      If you mean downloading the OS a QNAP uses; I’m not sure how useful that would be without the QNAP hardware.
      As I recall, the QNAP OS will not run without its original hardware.



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