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PostgreSQL/Installing and Configuring PostgreSQL

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Installing from packagesEdit

sudo apt-get install postgresql.

Installing from sourceEdit

Download from


Once installed, PostgreSQL listen to the port 5432. So the firewall might need an exception to allow connections, even from localhost.

Starting and stoppingEdit


$ /etc/init.d/postgresql start


By default, PostgreSQL launches at each reboot so it can consume too many resources. To avoid that, just execute services.msc and set the PostgreSQL service in manual start.

Then, create a file PostgreSQL.cmd containing:

net start postgresql-x64-9.5
net stop postgresql-x64-9.5

As long as this script is launched as an administrator, the database will work. Just press a key to shutdown it after utilization.

Creating a userEdit

The following command creates a new user with superuser privileges:

$ createuser -U postgres -s <some username>

Creating a new user is a database operation, so it can only be done by an existing database user. You need to specify which database user to use (otherwise it will default to using a database user with the same name as your current UNIX user, which is unlikely to be correct). Default installs typically have a user called postgres that can be used for this.

To set a password for the newly created user, log in to the database using an account with superuser privileges, and issue the command: