SQLSTATE[HY000] [1040] Too many connections Error in phpMyAdmin

I was working on a Magento store and suddenly got the error message a:4:{i:0;s:43:"SQLSTATE[HY000] [1040] Too many connections";i:1;s:2884:"#0 /lib/Zend/Db/Adapter/Pdo/Mysql.php(109): Zend_Db_Adapter_Pdo_Abstract->_connect(). After doing some research on the internet, I found that it is a common error of the phpMyAdmin, and can be solved by increasing the max_connections limit in the my.cnf file. For this when I opened the my.cnf file and cheked it there is only max_connections=10, I have just increased that parameter from 10 to 50 and its working fine. Here in this post I am trying to describe how to solve this problem, its very easy and you can solve it just by using the steps given below:

Step 1: First of all you should login to the web server by using the SSH, and I assumes that you have the root access of your server and you can connect to the server by using your credentials:

Step 2: Navigate to the etc/mysql/ and search for the my.cnf file.

Step 3: Now open this file by using the SSH Command : sudo nano etc/mysql/my.cnf

Step 4: Search for the max_connections and Increase its value (if you want unlimited just put 0 for it.), the syntax would be:

max_connections=250 OR max_connections=0

Step 5: You can do it from the MySQL as well just login to the MySQL just by using the

mysql -u [User Name] -p

Step 6: it will ask for the Password, after the login run the command below and it will increase the max_connections limit

mysql> SET GLOBAL max_connections = 250;


mysql> SET GLOBAL max_connections = 0; //For Unlimited number of connection

Step 7: Save the File and restart the MySQL so that changes take effect on the server by using the Command below:

/etc/init.d/mysqld restart

If you want to learn more How to Start, Stop and Restart MySQL by using the SSH Command?

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