Rajendra Gupta
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How to install PostgreSQL on Ubuntu

July 13, 2023 by

This article covers the different methods to install Postgres on Ubuntu.


PostgreSQL, a popular relational database management system, emphasizes compliance and extensibility. It is also known as Postgres. The PostgreSQL valuable features are as below:

    • Data Types: It supports various data types such as Integer, Numeric, String, Boolean, Date/Time, Array, JSON, XML, Point, Line, Circle, Polygon, and Composite types.
    • Performance: PostgreSQL supports the following features optimized performance.
      • B-tree, Composite (Multi-column), Gist, GIN, BRIN, Covering indexes
      • ACID property (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, Durability)
      • Table partitioning
      • Multi-version Concurrency control (MVCC)
      • Isolation levels, Parallelism
    • Security:
      • Multi-factor authentication
      • Certificates
      • Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Encryption
      • Column and data-level security
      • Role-Based Access Control
      • Transparent Data Encryption
      • TLS
    • High Availability and Disaster recovery:
      • Backups and Restore
      • Failover clusters
      • Write-ahead logging
      • Replication
      • Log shipping
      • Point-In-Time-Recovery (PITR)
      • Active standbys
    • Extensibility
      • Support for PL/pgSQL, Perl, Python, Tcl, Java, JavaScript (V8), R, Lua, JSON, and Rust
      • International Collations
      • Full-text search
      • Native support for horizontal scaling with sharding and read replicas.

PostgreSQL installation on Ubuntu

In this tutorial, I will walk you through installing Postgres on Ubuntu 20.04.5 LTS. We will also cover basic setup tasks, such as setting the default password and creating a new user. Let us get started.


  • An Ubuntu Linux system
  • User account having sudo privileges

Install PostgreSQL from PostgreSQL Apt Repository

The PostgreSQL Apt Repository lets users install the latest Postgres version on Ubuntu. The Apt Repository supports the following Ubuntu versions.

  • kinetic (22.10, non-LTS)
  • jammy (22.04, LTS)
  • focal (20.04, LTS)
  • bionic (18.04, LTS)

You can use the following steps to install Postgres’s latest version on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

Step 1: Create a file repository configuration for the PostgreSQL

This step fetches the latest Postgres repository information using the following script. The pgdg.list stores the Postgres official repository as per your Ubuntu version.

$ sudo sh -c ‘echo “deb http://apt.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt $(lsb_release -cs)-pgdg main” > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pgdg.list’

Create a file repository configuration

Step 2: Import the repository signing key

The step2 adds the Postgres GPG (GNU Private Guard) key to the APT package manager. APT uses this GPG key to verify the repository package authenticity. You get an OK response for the successful GPG key import.

$ wget –quiet -O – https://www.postgresql.org/media/keys/ACCC4CF8.asc | sudo apt-key add –

Import the repository signing key

Step 3: Update the package list

We need to update the package list in Ubuntu so that apt gets the official Postgres package location. As shown below, it lists the following line for the Postgres official repository address –

https://apt.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt focal-pgdg InRelease (114 kB)

$ sudo apt-get update

Update the package list

Step 4: Install Postgres on Ubuntu

Run the apt-get install command to start the Postgres installation. The script contains -y to avoid user input as Y or Yes during installation. You can view the installation progress in the terminal messages.

$ sudo apt-get -y install postgresql

Install Postgres on Ubuntu

Install Postgres

You can confirm the Postgres official repository points to version 15 as of writing this article.

$sudo dpkg –status postgresql

confirm the Postgres official repository

Step 6: Verify the Postgres service status

Postgres services should be in an active state after the installation finishes. You can verify the Postgres service status using the following command.

$ sudo systemctl status postgresql.service

Verify the Postgres service

Change the default PostgreSQL User password by enabling Password Encryption

By default, Postgres installation configures a default user account, Postgres, without any password. This user has administrative access to Postgres. Without the password, any user who connects to the Ubuntu machine can access the Postgres databases. Therefore, you must configure the password for the default user Postgres.

Firstly, let’s open the terminal and enter the following command.

$ Sudo -u postgres psql

This command did not specify any password for the Postgres user. Still, we can access the Postgres instance.

Change the default PostgreSQL User

Run the \password command in the terminal to specify a password of your choice for the Postgres user. It gives instructions to set a new password for the user “Postgres”. You can exit the psql shell by typing \q.

new password for postgres

Specify the md5 authentication method for the authentication

Postgres transmits the credentials in plain text as per its default mechanism. It is a security risk as anyone can capture the plain text and get database access. Therefore, you must specify the secure authentication method, such as md5, for communication.

In the terminal, navigate to the directory /etc/postgresql/15/main, and you can see a configuration file named pg_hba.conf.

Specify the md5 authentication

Edit the pg_hba.conf file in nano editor.

$ sudo nano /etc/postgresql/15/main/pg_hba.conf

Edit the pg_hba.conf file

Scroll down and find the line that specifies database administrative login by Unix domain socket. Here, replace the keyword peer with the md5. The md5 authentication method encrypts the password before sending it to the Postgres server.

Change the mode to md5

Verify md5 encryption

Save the pg_hba.conf and restart the Postgres service.

restart the Postgres service

You can connect to Postgres with the password you specified earlier. As shown below, it prompts the user to set the Postgres password.

Postgres with the password

Creating a Postgres database

Create a user database in Postgres, you can run the following command:

postgres=# Create database sqlshack;

The create database command creates a database called “sqlshack”.

Create a database

Use the command \l to get a list of all databases in Postgres. As shown below, we have a few system databases and a user database named sqlshack.

command \l to get a list of all databases

Switch to the specific database with the following command.

postgres=# \c sqlshack

It prompts a message: “You are connected to database “sqlshack” as user “postgres”.

Switch to the specific database

You can now create database objects such as tables and stored procedures in the sqlshack database. We created a test table and inserted a sample row, as shown below.

stored procedures

Install PgAdmin GUI client for Postgres

The Pgadmin4 tool is an open-source, graphical tool to connect and work with Postgres. It supports most of the Postgres features. We can install the pgadmin4 utility using the curl utility. The command to install the curl utility is as below.

$ sudo apt install curl

Install PgAdmin GUI client

We need to import the repository signing GPG key and add the pgAdmin4 package to your system with the following commands.

$curl https://www.pgadmin.org/static/packages_pgadmin_org.pub | sudo apt-key add –

import the repository signing GPG

$ sudo sh -c ‘echo “deb https://ftp.postgresql.org/pub/pgadmin/pgadmin4/apt/focal pgadmin4 main” > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pgadmin4.list’

add repository for pgadmin

Install the pgadmin4 GUI utility with the following command.

$ sudo apt install pgadmin4

Install the pgadmin4 GUI

Once pgadmin4 is installed in your ubuntu system, launch it from the applications.

Launch pgadmin

The initial launch of pgadmin4 asks you to set a master password. This password is used to secure and later unlock credentials in pgadmin4. Specify the password and click OK.

Set a master password

The launch screen or dashboard looks like the one below.

Launch screen for pgmin

Right-Click on the servers tab and Register a new server.

Register a new server

Specify a name for the Postgres connection on the general page. If you have multiple servers, you can also create server groups. The default server group is Servers.

Server Group

Click on the Connection tab and enter the hostname as localhost for the local server. If you want to connect to the remote server, specify the hostname or IP address of the remote Postgres instance.

Specify credentials

It connects to specified Postgres instances and shows all databases and their objects. The SQL tab displays the corresponding code, such as creating a database and table.

SQL script

You can launch the query tool in the pgadmin4 tool and query the database or deploy the objects.

launch the query tool


This article covered the steps to install PostgreSQL on Ubuntu. We also learned to create a new database and objects using the terminal and Pgadmin4 GUI interface.

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