How to install PostgresSQL 11 on Ubuntu Linux Server?

In this article I will explain how to install PostgresSQL 11 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Server.

Following is step by step tutorial to setup PostgresSQL 11 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Server.

PostgresSQL 11 Installation Prerequisites

Before initiating the installation process of PostgresSQL 11 we need to complete following prerequisites steps.

Add sources.list entry for PostgresSQL by creating /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pgdg.list file. Add following contents to the newly created file by replacing UBUNTU_VERSION with the codename of installed Ubuntu release.

deb UBUNTU_VERSION-pgdg main

UBUNTU_VERSION or LSB (Linux Standard Base) mentioned above can be retrieved using using lsb_release command as following.

lsb_release -cs


  • 'c' is for codename.
  • 's' is for short output.

Using lsb_release and echo commands, we can automate the file creation process as following.

echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc)-pgdg main" | sudo tee  /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pgdg.list

Run following command to verify contents of repository file.

cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pgdg.list

Next we need to import the repository signing key and update the apt package list as following.

wget --quiet -O - | sudo apt-key add -


  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
100  4812  100  4812    0     0   2868      0  0:00:01  0:00:01 --:--:--  2867

Run the apt-get update command to update package list.

sudo apt-get update

Install PostgreSQL 11 Server

Install PostgresSQL 11 using apt package manager.

$ sudo apt -y install postgresql-11

Allow access to PostgreSQL from remote hosts

By default access to PostgresSQL server is allowed only from local host. Here we will make the required configurations to allow remote access to newly installed PostgresSQL server.

Run Socket Statistics (ss) command to show IP binding against port 5432 (default PostgresSQL tcp port).

sudo ss -tunelp | grep 5432

Open the PostgresSQL configuration file in editor to make required changes for remote access.

sudo nano /etc/postgresql/11/main/postgresql.conf

Look for the listen_addresses configuration entry under CONNECTIONS AND AUTHENTICATION section, listen_addresses property specifies TCP/IP address(es) where PostgresSQL server will listen for incoming client connections. Set '*' as the value of listen_addresses property to bind PostgresSQL server with all available IPs on all network interfaces of this system.

listen_addresses = '*'

Alternatively, you can specify a particular IP Address as following.

listen_addresses = ''

To allow remote connection to PostgresSQL server

PostgresSQL server uses pg_hba.conf (Postgres Host Based Authentication)configuration file to manage client authentication, to allow remote PostgresSQL client to connect and authenticate we need to add entry for that that client in pg_hba.conf file.

  1. Open pg_hba.conf file for editing as following. sudo nano /etc/postgresql/11/main/pg_hba.conf
  2. Add entry for a specific client IP or range as following. host all all md5 Or you may add the the complete range 192.168.0.X as following. host all all md5

Restart PostgresSQL service to load the updated configuration.

sudo systemctl restart postgresql

Run following command to confirm the bind address for PostgresSQL server.

$ sudo ss -tunelp | grep 5432
tcp   LISTEN  0       128*      users:(("postgres",pid=16066,fd=3)) uid:111 ino:42972 sk:8 <->                  tcp   LISTEN  0       128    [::]:5432            [::]:*      users:(("postgres",pid=16066,fd=6)) uid:111 ino:42973 sk:9 v6only:1 <->

Verify the successful start of PostgresSQL service by executing following command.

sudo service postgresql status


● postgresql.service - PostgreSQL RDBMS
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/postgresql.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: active (exited) since Wed 2019-04-03 01:31:42 PKT; 39min ago
  Process: 1763 ExecReload=/bin/true (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
  Process: 6940 ExecStart=/bin/true (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
 Main PID: 6940 (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)

Apr 03 01:31:42 u-srv-1 systemd[1]: Starting PostgreSQL RDBMS...
Apr 03 01:31:42 u-srv-1 systemd[1]: Started PostgreSQL RDBMS.

Updating Password of the default admin of PostgresSQL Server

The default admin user for PostgresSQL server is named as postgres, execute following commands to set password for postgres user.

  1. Switch the current user to postgres using su command. sudo su - postgres
  2. Update the password for postgres user by executing alter user postgres with password SQL statement with psql PostgresSQL client as following. postgres@os1:~$ psql -c "alter user postgres with password 'StrongPassword'" Ouput ALTER ROLE
  3. All done, now run logout command to return back to your own logged-in user. logout

This was a step by step guide to install PostgresSQL server on Ubuntu linuxmachine. You like this article, have any questions or suggestions please let us know in the comments section.

Thanks and Happy Learning.

Shoket Mahmood Ahmed

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