Chive: A Web-based MySQL Database Management Tool


Chive is a free, open source, web-based database management tool, designed to bring joy to web developers with easy administration, super fast UI and state of the art web technologies. We already have featured a web-based database management tool called Adminer in our previous article. Chive is a yet another alternative for phpMyAdmin and Adminer database management tools. If you are searching an alternative for phpMyAdmin and Adminer, then Chive is worth to give a try. You can find the detailed comparison between phpMyAdmin and Chive here.

Install Chive 

In order to install Chive, first you must install PHP with mysql support. If you’re using RHEL/CentOS based systems, follow the below link to install Apache, MySQL or MariaDB and PHP.

Install LAMP (Apache with MariaDB and PHP) on CentOS/RHEL/Scientific Linux 6

If you’re using Debian/Ubunutu systems, follow the below link.

Install LAMP Server (Apache, MySQL or MariaDB, PHP) On Ubuntu 13.10 Server

Download the latest Chive software from the official download page.

wget -O -|tar -xzp

The above command will download latest version of Chive project and extract it into a directory called Chive.

Copy the Chive folder to your apache root document folder.

On CentOS/RHEL Systems:

mv chive/ /var/www/html/chive

On Ubuntu/Debian Systems:

sudo mv chive/ /var/www/chive

Restart the apache service.

On RHEL/CentOS Systems:

service httpd restart

On Ubuntu/Debian Systems:

sudo service apache2 restart

Launch Chive

Now open up the browser and navigate to URL http://ip-address/chive or http://localhost/chive.

Enter the MySQL username and password.

Chive - Mozilla Firefox_001This is how Chive main console looks:

Chive - Mozilla Firefox_002That’s it. Now you can administer the MySQL/MariaDB databases using Chive tool.