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mbstring PHP extension was not found: phpMyAdmin problem

mbstring PHP extension was not found: phpMyAdmin problem

Though installing phpMyAdmin on Windows 7 went off quite smoothly (excepting for a small bump), I got a mbstring PHP extension was not found error when I logged in. The simple resolution to this problem is to change the PHP configuration file and load the extension.

Get rid of “mbstring PHP extension was not found” from phpMyAdmin

mbstring PHP extension was not found - error message in phpMyAdmin

  • Open the PHP configuration file – php.ini – in Notepad. You’ll find this file in the PHP install directory.
  • Locate the following line:
    ;extension=php_mbstring.dll
    
  • Remove the first character, the semi-colon and save the file.
  • Close Notepad window and restart the web browser.

The simple steps above will get rid of the “mbstring PHP extension was not found” message from the phpMyAdmin page.

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  • nanditta on September 16th, 2011 9:33 pm

    From this website I successfully installed Apache, PHP and MySQL. Followed the instructions given here but when after installing and configured phpmyadmin 3.3.8, it shows error

    phpMyAdmin – Error
    Cannot load mysql extension. Please check your PHP configuration. – Documentation

    I would be very thankful if you can advice me on this issue.
    Thanks

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