How To Install TimescaleDB on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install TimescaleDB on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install TimescaleDB on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, TimescaleDB is a free, open-source, powerful database system powered by PostgreSQL. It is an extension of PostgreSQL and is specially designed to analyze time-series data with PostgreSQL. TimescaleDB offers the best of both NoSQL and relational database systems.

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. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the TimescaleDB on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • 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 TimescaleDB on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing PostgreSQL on Ubuntu 20.04.

Install the PostgreSQL package using the apt command:

sudo apt install postgresql-14

Once the installation is completed, log in to PostgreSQL and set the Postgres password:

su - postgres
psql -c "alter user postgres with password 'your-strong-password'"

Step 3. Installing TimescaleDB on Ubuntu 20.04.

By default, TimescaleDB is not available on Ubuntu 20.04 base repository. Now run the following command to add the TimescaleDB repository on your Ubuntu system:

sh -c "echo 'deb $(lsb_release -c -s) main' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/timescaledb.list"

Finally, install TimescaleDB by running the following command:

sudo apt install timescaledb-2-postgresql-14

Once completed the installation, you need to configure your database so that you can use it. The easiest way to do this is to run the timescaledb-tune script:

sudo timescaledb-tune --quiet --yes

Next, restart the PostgreSQL service to apply the configuration changes:

sudo systemctl restart postgresql

Step 4. Create New Database TimescaleDB.

Now we create a new database, enable TimescaleDB, and connect the database to it:

su - postgres

Next, connect to the idroot_db database:

\c idroot_db


Install TimescaleDB on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Finally, we connect to your newly created database:

psql -U postgres -h localhost -d idroot_db

Congratulations! You have successfully installed TimescaleDB. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the TimescaleDB on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official TimescaleDB 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, 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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