How to Install and configure PostgreSQL on Centos/RHEL

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Install PostgreSQL and PostgreSQL-server packages

[root@egrovechn]# yum install postgresql postgresql-server postgresql-contrib

Configure PostgreSQL Database Server

Initialize the cluster first with initdb command:

[root@egrovechn]# service postgresql initdb


[root@egrovechn]# /etc/init.d/postgresql initdb

Edit /var/lib/pgsql/data/postgresql.conf file:

[root@egrovechn]# vi /var/lib/pgsql/data/postgresql.conf

Set PostgreSQL server to listen all addresses and Change PostgreSQL port (default is 5432). Add/Uncomment/Edit following lines:

listen_addresses = ‘*’

port = 5432

Edit /var/lib/pgsql/data/pg_hba.conf file:

[root@egrovechn]# vi /var/lib/pgsql/data/pg_hba.conf

Add (example) your local network with md5 passwords:

# Local networks

host       all           all           xx.xx.xx.xx/xx   md5

# Example

host       all           all        md5

# All Network

host       all           all  trust

Start/Restart PostgreSQL Server:

[root@egrovechn]# service postgresql start


[root@egrovechn]# /etc/init.d/postgresql start

Change to postgres user:

[root@egrovechn]# su postgres

Create test database (as postgres user):

createdb test

Login test database (as postgres user):

psql test

Create new “pguser” Role with Superuser and Password:


Open PostgreSQL Port (5432) on Iptables Firewall (as root user again)

Edit /etc/sysconfig/iptables file:

[root@egrovechn]# vi /etc/sysconfig/iptables

Add following line before COMMIT:

-A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -m state –state NEW -m tcp -p tcp –dport 5432 -j ACCEPT

-A INPUT -p tcp -m tcp –sport 1024:65535 –dport 5432 -j ACCEPT

-A OUTPUT -p tcp -m tcp –sport 1024:65535 –dport 5432 -j ACCEPT

Restart Iptables Firewall:

[root@egrovechn]# service iptables restart


[root@egrovechn]# /etc/init.d/iptables restart

Test remote connection:

[root@egrovechn]# psql -h dbserver -U testuser test

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