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Joomla 1.6 – Unable to connect to the Database: Could not connect to MySQL.

After reading all the problems with Joomla 1.6, I decided to give a new installation a shot.  It can’t be as bad as all the comments I’m seeing in the forums can it?  First of all my fantastico didn’t have the Joomla 1.6, so I had to download the file, upload to my server, uninstall the zip file.  After going through the first few installation screens I got my first error message on page 4 – Database –

Could not connect to the database. Connector returned number: Unable to connect to the Database: Could not connect to MySQL.

I noticed that there was an extra Database type – MySQLi, but I kept it as that.   I resolved the error message by directly accessing my MySQL database management screen and creating a new MySQL database name and database user on my server.    I then entered the database name and user in the respective fields on page 4 and the error message was gone and I proceeded to page 5.

FYI: On page 5, remember to keep FTP Layer to “No” otherwise you will experience problems later.  If you are installing on a Windows Operating System, the FTP layer is not required.

 Joomla 1.6   Unable to connect to the Database: Could not connect to MySQL.


Elaine is the founder of CmsMind, an online blog providing Joomla and Wordpress tutorials. Elaine lives in Toronto and when she is not online, she is either Marathon and Triathlon training or travelling and racing somewhere in the world. Find her also at: Save Money, Premium Themes and Templates, and at Webhosting Tips.

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  1. Al Stephanchic

    Thanks for the info!!! I spent days trying to get apache/mysql and php configured separately before I went the wampp route. Then I ran into the mysql connect problem you described. I created the user and database and everything worked great.

    1. Ismail

      Am installing joomla and i keep gettting that same problem through and through. No matter what i do.
      Please walk me through the steps.
      I will give you access to my c.panel just mail me am dying to get strated with joomla.

  2. Raven

    Quick rooky question… running on a localhost, where do I find the “mysql database management screen’ you accessed to make the required changes?

    Thanks in advance, as well as for the help already provided! =)

    1. Elaine

      Hi Raven,
      I’m not too sure which webhosting you are using, but most MYSQL management screens are about the same. I created a post in my other website the-webhosting.com and I wrote about how to create a MySQL database. Sorry the site still looks like it’s under construction…well it still is. Here is the post – How to create mySQL database.
      THanks for your visit,

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