Install Postgresql in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Hi all,

Its common to all that we need to install database in our machine now or then due to re-installation of OS or any other reasons whatever that may be. I too use to install most of the time due to some reason or other.

Today I am installing Postgres or Postgresql database on my new installation of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I wanted to document this so that it will help others too and mostly that I can refer to whenever I need to do the same again.

Type following command in the terminal to install postgresql (9.1 is the default version that Ubuntu 12.04 provides) :

manohar@manohar-desktop:~$ sudo apt-get install postgresql

Now edit the /etc/postgresql/9.1/main/pg_hba.conf file and add/change the following line :

# "local" is for Unix domain socket connections only
local   all             all                                    md5

Now edit the /etc/postgresql/9.1/main/postgresql.conf file and change :

#listen_addresses = 'localhost'


listen_addresses = '*'

so that the TCP/IP connection for everyone is enabled which is by default disabled. Or you can change the “*” to any IP range suitable to you.

And change the following to enable password encryption :

#password_encryption = on


password_encryption = on

Now create an user as superuser for your current user (if you like to) :

manohar@manohar-desktop:~$ sudo -u postgres createuser --superuser $USER

To create a database with a user that have full rights on the database, use the following command:

manohar@manohar-desktop:~$sudo -u postgres createuser -D -A -P manohar
manohar@manohar-desktop:~$sudo -u postgres createdb -O manohar mydatabase

The first command line creates the user with no database creation rights (-D), with no add user rights (-A) and will prompt you for entering a password (-P). The second command line create the database mydatabase with manohar as owner.

If you have created current user as superuser, you can create the database(named simulator) using following commands :

manohar@manohar-desktop:~$ createdb simulator

To use the just created database(i.e. simulator), use the following command :

manohar@manohar-desktop:~$ psql simulator
psql (9.1.8)
Type "help" for help.


Now you can give database related commands in the new database prompt.

Here is some test commands for example :

simulator=# create table test(name text);
simulator=# \d
List of relations
Schema | Name | Type  |  Owner
public | test | table | manohar
(1 row)

simulator=# \d test
Table "public.test"
Column | Type | Modifiers
name   | text |




Hope this helps you all.

Manohar Bhattarai (मनोहर भट्टराई)
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I am Manohar Bhattarai, a vivid java programmer. I am a keen Linux user. I currently boot Ubuntu Linux. I am a Free/Libre Open Source Software enthusiast.

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3 comments on “Install Postgresql in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  1. chand says:

    This is the easiest way to install postgresql in ubuntu 12.04.
    Thank you

  2. victor says:

    Not so far I have found new cool tool to work with PostgreSQL on ubuntu — Valentina Studio.

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