The Red Hat family of distributions includes:
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.
The PostgreSQL Yum 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:
*Note: due to the shorter support cycle on Fedora, all supported versions of PostgreSQL are not available on this platform. We do not recommend using Fedora for server deployments.
To use the PostgreSQL Yum Repository, follow these steps:
These distributions all include PostgreSQL by default. To install PostgreSQL from these repositories, use the yum command on RHEL 6 and 7:
yum install postgresql-server
or dnf command on RHEL 8 and Fedora:
dnf install postgresql-server
Which version of PostgreSQL you get will depend on the version of the distribution:
|RHEL/CentOS/OL 8||13, 12, 10 and 9.6 via modules|
|RHEL/CentOS/SL/OL 7||9.2 (also supplies package rh-postgresql10, rh-postgresql96, rh-postgresql95 and rh-postgresql94 via SCL)|
|RHEL/CentOS/SL/OL 6||8.4 (also supplies package rh-postgresql96, via SCL)|
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|
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 the following steps, based on your distribution:
service postgresql initdb chkconfig postgresql on
postgresql-setup --initdb systemctl enable postgresql.service systemctl start postgresql.service
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.