How To Install PostgreSQL on CentOS 6

Install PostgreSQL on CentOS 6

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install PostgreSQL on your CentOS 6. For those of you who didn’t know, PostgreSQL is a free, open-source object-relational database management system (object-RDBMS), similar to MySQL, and is standards-compliant and extensible. It is commonly used as a back-end for web and mobile applications. PostgreSQL, or ‘Postgres’ as it is nicknamed, adopts the ANSI/ISO SQL standards together, with the revisions.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. The installation is quite simple. I will show you the step-by-step installation of PostgreSQL on CentOS 6.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 6.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install PostgreSQL on CentOS 6

Step 1. First, add the PostgreSQL Yum repository to your system.

## CentOS/RHEL 6, 32-Bit ##
rpm -Uvh http://yum.postgresql.org/9.4/redhat/rhel-6-i386/pgdg-centos94-9.4-1.noarch.rpm

## CentOS/RHEL 6, 64-Bit ##
rpm -Uvh http://yum.postgresql.org/9.4/redhat/rhel-6-x86_64/pgdg-centos94-9.4-1.noarch.rpm

Step 2. Install the PostgreSQL server.

To install a basic PostgreSQL 9.4 server use the following command:

yum install postgresql94-server postgresql94-contrib

Once the postgresql94-server package is installed, you need to initialize a database:

service postgresql-9.4 initdb

Step 3. Start PostgreSQL.

chkconfig postgresql-9.4 on
service postgresql-9.4 start

Step 4. Create a test database and Create new user PostgreSQL.

Once the installation is completed, you can start using the PostgreSQL 9.4 on your CentOS 6 by typing the commands:

su - postgres

Create a test database (as postgres user).

createdb idroot

Login test database (as postgres user).

psql idroot

Congratulations! You have successfully installed PostgreSQL. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing PostgreSQL on the CentOS 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official PostgreSQL website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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