[phpMyAdmin News] phpMyAdmin 5.0.0 is released

Isaac Bennetch bennetch at gmail.com
Thu Dec 26 18:27:00 CET 2019

Welcome to the release of phpMyAdmin version 5.0.0. This release is
occurring simultaneously with version 4.9.3; except for users with old
PHP installations, version 5.0.0 is the recommended version.

This release includes many new features and improvements from the 4.9
series. We expect to maintain version 4 in a security capacity
to support users with older PHP installations. For full details about
supported versions and end of life dates, see the "Supported versions"
grid at <https://www.phpmyadmin.net/downloads/>.

With this release, we are removing support of old PHP versions (5.5,
5.6, 7.0, and HHVM). These versions are outdated and are no longer
supported by the PHP team.

Version 5.0 includes many coding improvements that modernize the
interface. Many of these changes are transparent to users, but make the
code easier to maintain.
Much of this refactoring work is completed by our contract developer,
MaurĂ­cio Meneghini Fauth. We always consider applications for new (paid)
contract developers,
see <https://www.phpmyadmin.net/contractor/> for program details.

Some of the changes and new features include:

* Enable columns names by default for CSV exports
* Add Metro theme
* Automatically add the index when creating an auto increment column
* Improvements to exporting views
* Prompt the user for confirmation before running an UPDATE query with
no WHERE clause
* Improvements to how errors are show to the user (including allowing
easier copying of the error text to the clipboard)
* Added keystrokes to clear the line (ctrl+l) and clear the entire
console window (ctrl+u)
* Use charset 'windows-1252' when export format is MS Excel

There are several more changes, please refer to the ChangeLog file
included with the release for full details.

Known shortcomings:

Due to changes in the MySQL authentication method, PHP versions prior to
7.4 are unable to authenticate to a MySQL 8.0 or newer server (our tests
show the problem actually began with MySQL 8.0.11). This relates to a
PHP bug https://bugs.php.net/bug.php?id=76243. There is a workaround,
that is to set your user account to use the current-style password hash
method, mysql_native_password. This unfortunate lack of coordination has
caused the incompatibility to affect all PHP applications, not just
phpMyAdmin. For more details, you can see our bug tracker item at
https://github.com/phpmyadmin/phpmyadmin/issues/14220. We suggest
upgrading your PHP installation to take advantage of the authentication

Downloads are available now at https://phpmyadmin.net/downloads/

Our work would not be possible without the donations of our generous
sponsor, and this release in particular is brought to you thanks to the
hard work of our Google Summer of Code students and many other contributors.

The phpMyAdmin team

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