You need to have configured the phpMyAdmin configuration storage for using bookmarks feature.

Storing bookmarks

Any query you have executed can be stored as a bookmark on the page where the results are displayed. You will find a button labeled Bookmark this query just at the end of the page. As soon as you have stored a bookmark, it is related to the database you run the query on. You can now access a bookmark dropdown on each page, the query box appears on for that database.

Variables inside bookmarks

You can also have, inside the query, placeholders for variables. This is done by inserting into the query SQL comments between /* and */. Inside the comments, the special strings [VARIABLE{variable-number}] is used. Be aware that the whole query minus the SQL comments must be valid by itself, otherwise you won’t be able to store it as a bookmark. Note also that the text ‘VARIABLE’ is case-sensitive.

When you execute the bookmark, everything typed into the Variables input boxes on the query box page will replace the strings /*[VARIABLE{variable-number}]*/ in your stored query.

Also remember, that everything else inside the /*[VARIABLE{variable-number}]*/ string for your query will remain the way it is, but will be stripped of the /**/ chars. So you can use:

/*, [VARIABLE1] AS myname */

which will be expanded to

, VARIABLE1 as myname

in your query, where VARIABLE1 is the string you entered in the Variable 1 input box.

A more complex example. Say you have stored this query:

SELECT Name, Address FROM addresses WHERE 1 /* AND Name LIKE '%[VARIABLE1]%' */

Say, you now enter “phpMyAdmin” as the variable for the stored query, the full query will be:

SELECT Name, Address FROM addresses WHERE 1 AND Name LIKE '%phpMyAdmin%'

NOTE THE ABSENCE OF SPACES inside the /**/ construct. Any spaces inserted there will be later also inserted as spaces in your query and may lead to unexpected results especially when using the variable expansion inside of a “LIKE ‘’” expression.