Installation of Postgresql-9.2 on Ubuntu 12.04


The Installation of Postgresql-9.2 on Ubuntu 12.04 includes two main steps (Generally, this installation should work for each version of Postgresql!).

  1. Add repository to list

    Create an empty file called pgdg.list placed in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/, using these commands

    $ cd /etc/apt/sources.list.d/
    $ sudo touch pgdg.list

    Now the following line has to be included the pgdg.list file.

    deb codename-pgdg main

    Instead of codename write the name of your system. If you do not know this, type

    $ lsb_release -c

    This will return you the name of your system.


    Make sure that you have changed codename to the name of your system before you copy the link in the next step!

    Now open the pgdg.list file using e.g.:

    $ gksu gedit pdgd.list

    and copy deb codename-pgdg main into it.

  2. Import Repository key

    Use the following command to do so:

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

    After that you have to update the package lists using

    $ sudo apt-get update

    and then you can install postgresql-9.2 and pgadmin3 (if needed)

    $ sudo apt-get install postgresql-9.2 pgadmin3



  1. Change password

    First of all you have to set a new password for the superuser postgres. In order to do so, type the following command line into your terminal

    $ sudo -u postgres psql postgres

    Now you are in psql, the command interface for postgresql, and in the database postgres. In your terminal it looks like this at the moment

    $ postgres=#

    To change your password:

    $ \password postgres

    and type your new password when asked for it.

  2. Create a database (for testing)

    If you want to create a db, posgresql has to know, which user you are. Therefore you have to type -u username in front of the command createdb. If you type the following, it means that you as the user postgres want to create a database wich is called mydb.

    $ sudo -u postgres createdb mydb

For geonode

If you do not need that (from the beginning) you can follow this instruction. You can even add the posgis extension later following the steps from the section Alternative. Anyway it is recommended to do the common version.
  1. Create a new user (geonode)

    In order to use postgresql in geonode, you have to create a new user geonode, which is the owner of a new database, also called geonode. So first create a new user by typing

    $ sudo -u postgres createuser -P geonode

    This means, that you as the user postgres create a new user called geonode. -P indicates, that this user will have a password (geonode).

  2. Create new database

    After creating the new user you can create the db geonode:

    $ sudo -u postgres createdb -O geonode geonode