How to determine your MySQL version number

When working your phpMyAdmin and PHP, you will often work with a language called SQL, which is the way your program will talk to the database. This language talks through an engine called MySQL to update, create and delete information from the program’s databases. At times, you may end up troubleshooting various errors such as syntax errors for MySQL within your php code or phpMyAdmin tool. It can be helpful to understand which version of MySQL you are using. Below is a quick guide on finding the MySQL version in use on your hosting servers.

Finding your MySQL version via phpMyAdmin

  1. Log into your cPanel admin dashboard.
  2. click on phpMyAdmin icon

    From the main cpanel area, look for the Databases catagory. Find and click on the phpMyAdmin icon to activate the tool.

  3. software version in right hand panel

    From the main phpMyAdmin page, look to the far right side of the page. There is a block entitled “Database Server”. Look for the field named Software version. Next to that label is a number. That is your MySQL version number.


    • Hi Tom, and thanks for pointing that out. This article is a bit out of date, I’ll get it updated to account for that and the newer versions of cPanel. Some of our servers now use MariaDB, which is an open source fork of MySQL that works almost the same way but is designed to be maintained as an open source project.

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