Linux downloads (Debian)

PostgreSQL is available in all Debian versions by default. However, Debian "snapshots" a specific version of PostgreSQL that is then supported throughout the lifetime of that Debian version. The PostgreSQL project maintains an Apt repository with all supported of PostgreSQL available.

Included in Distribution

Debian includes PostgreSQL by default. To install PostgreSQL on Debian, use the apt (or other apt-driving) command:

apt install postgresql

PostgreSQL Apt Repository

If the version included in your version of Debian is not the one you want, you can use the PostgreSQL Apt 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 Apt repository supports the current versions of Debian:

  • bookworm (12.x)
  • bullseye (11.x)
  • buster (10.x)
  • sid (unstable)

on the following architectures:

  • amd64
  • arm64
  • i386 (buster and older)
  • ppc64el
  • s390x

Automated repository configuration:

sudo apt install -y postgresql-common
sudo /usr/share/postgresql-common/pgdg/

To manually configure the Apt repository, follow these steps:

# Import the repository signing key:
sudo apt install curl ca-certificates
sudo install -d /usr/share/postgresql-common/pgdg
sudo curl -o /usr/share/postgresql-common/pgdg/ --fail

# Create the repository configuration file:
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [signed-by=/usr/share/postgresql-common/pgdg/] $(lsb_release -cs)-pgdg main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pgdg.list'

# Update the package lists:
sudo apt update

# Install the latest version of PostgreSQL:
# If you want a specific version, use 'postgresql-16' or similar instead of 'postgresql'
sudo apt -y install postgresql

For more information about the apt repository, including answers to frequent questions, please see the PostgreSQL Apt Repository wiki page.


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-16 client libraries and client binaries
postgresql-16 core database server
postgresql-doc-16 documentation
libpq-dev libraries and headers for C language frontend development
postgresql-server-dev-16 libraries and headers for C language backend development