mbstring PHP extension was not found

I was getting an error message when I accessed phpMyAdmin. The error was:

"The mbstring PHP extension was not found and you seem to be using a multibyte charset. Without the mbstring extension phpMyAdmin is unable to split strings correctly and it may result in unexpected results.
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This error means that mbstring PHP extension is not enabled or installed. In my case it was not enabled.

To resolve this I had to enable it in my php.ini file. Open your php.ini file and un-comment these lines:

  • extension=php_mbstring.dll
  • extension=php_mysql.dll
  • extension=php_mysqli.dll

Restart your Linux server and this error will go away.

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