How to Kill MySQL Processes in phpMyAdmin

There are many ways to monitor MySQL performance. Your hosting plan and access levels are the main determining factors in how you’re able to view MySQL processes. If you’re using a content management systems (CMS) (e.g. WordPress or Drupal), you may be able to monitor MySQL processes within its dashboard and 3rd party add-ons.

Regardless of your setup, It’s important to track because MySQL issues, including maximum concurrent connections (max_user_connections) errors, can quickly diminish overall server performance. If these database operations don’t fix themselves in a timely fashion, the best option may be to terminate, or kill, the process altogether.

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Below we cover how to kill MySQL processes in phpMyAdmin on cPanel servers.

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How to Kill MySQL Processes

The steps below are the same for cPanel and Webhost Manager (WHM).

  1. Log into cPanel or log into WHM
  2. Select phpMyAdmin
  3. At the top, select Status, then Processes
  4. Select Kill
2 example MySQL processes in phpMyAdmin Status section
Example MySQL processes in phpMyAdmin

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