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Linux downloads (Red Hat family)

The Red Hat family of distributions includes Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, Fedora, Scientific Linux, Oracle Linux and others. PostgreSQL is available on these platforms by default. However, each version of the platform normally "snapshots" a specific version of PostgreSQL that is then supported throughout the lifetime of this platform. Since this can often mean a different version than preferred, the PostgreSQL project provides a repository of packages of all supported versions for the most common distributions.

Should packages not be available for your distribution, or there are issues with your package manager, there are graphical installers available.

Finally, most Linux systems make it easy to build from source.

Included in distribution

These distributions all include PostgreSQL by default. To install PostgreSQL from these repositories, use the yum command:

yum install postgresql-server

Which version of PostgreSQL you get will depend on the version of the distribution:

Distribution Version
RHEL/CentOS/SL/OL 5 8.1 (also supplies package postgresql84)
RHEL/CentOS/SL/OL 6 8.4
Fedora 18 9.2
Fedora 19 9.3
Fedora 20 9.3
Other Red Hat family distributions may ship a different version of PostgreSQL by default, check with your distribution vendor to be sure.

The repository contains many different packages including third party addons. The most common and important packages are (substitute the version number as required):

  • postgresql-client libraries and client binaries
  • postgresql-server core database server
  • postgresql-contrib additional supplied modules
  • postgresql-devel libraries and headers for C language development
  • pgadmin3 - pgAdmin III graphical administration utility

Post-installation

Due to policies for Red Hat family distributions, the PostgreSQL installation will not be enabled for automatic start or have the database initialized automatically. To make your database installation complete, you need to perform these two steps: service postgresql initdb
chkconfig postgresql on
or, on Fedora 19 and other later derived distributions:
postgresql-setup initdb
systemctl enable postgresql.service

PostgreSQL Yum Repository

If the version supplied by your operating system is not the one you want, you can use the PostgreSQL Yum Repository. This repository will integrate with your normal systems and patch management, and provide automatic updates for all supported versions of PostgreSQL throughout the support lifetime of PostgreSQL.

The PostgreSQL yum repository currently supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS and ScientificLinux versions 5.x and 6.x, as well as current versions of Fedora. Note that due to the short support cycle on Fedora, all versions are not available on this platform, and we recommend not using Fedora for server deployments. All distributions are supported on both x86_64 and i386 architectures.

To use the yum repository, you must first install the repository RPM. To do this, download the correct RPM from the repository RPM listing, and install it with commands like:

yum install http://yum.postgresql.org/9.3/redhat/rhel-6-x86_64/pgdg-redhat93-9.3-1.noarch.rpm

Once this is done, you can proceed to install and update packages the same way as the ones included in the distribution.

yum install postgresql93-server postgresql93-contrib
service postgresql-9.3 initdb
chkconfig postgresql-9.3 on
or, on Fedora 19 and other later derived distributions:
yum install postgresql93-server postgresql93-contrib
/usr/pgsql-9.3/bin/postgresql93-setup initdb
systemctl enable postgresql-9.3.service
systemctl start postgresql-9.3.service

Package names in the PostgreSQL yum repository follows the same standard as the ones included in the main repositories, but include the version number, such as:

  • postgresql93
  • postgresql93-server
  • postgresql93-contrib
  • pgadmin3_93

Direct RPM download

If you cannot, or do not want to, use the yum based installation method, all the RPMs that are in the yum repository are available for direct download and manual installation as well.

Cross distribution packages

Generic RPM and DEB packages that provide a server-only distibution are avaliable for some 32 and 64-bit Linux distributions. These packages provide a single set of binaries and consistent packaging across different Linux distributions. They are designed for server installation where a GUI is not available and consistency across multiple distributions is a requirement.

Download the packages from OpenSCG for all supported versions.

Note: The cross distribution packages do not fully integrate with the platform-specific packaging systems.

Graphical installer

Installers are available for 32 and 64 bit Linux distributions and include PostgreSQL, pgAdmin and the StackBuilder utility for installation of additional packages. The PostgreSQL 8.4 installers have been tested with a number of Linux distributions and should work on Ubuntu 6.06 and above, Fedora 6 and above, CentOS/Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and above and others. The 9.0 and later installers have only been tested on more recent distributions.

Download the installer from EnterpriseDB for all supported versions.

Note: The installers do not integrate with platform-specific packaging systems.

Build from source

The source code can be found in the main file browser. Instructions for building from source can be found in the documentation.


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