How to Install PostgreSQL in Ubuntu 20.04

How to Install PostgreSQL in Ubuntu 20.04

PostgreSQL is a powerful, reliable, robust and open source object-relational database system.

The latest version of this database system is PostgreSQL 3.2, while versions 112.6, 11.11, 10.16, 9.6.21, & 9.5.25 still getting the regular updates.

This tutorial describe you to how to install the newest PostgreSQL on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux system.


A running Ubuntu 20.04 LTS system with shell access.

Login as a sudo user and press “CTRL+ALT+T” to open a terminal. Then install few required packages.

sudo apt update 
sudo apt install wget ca-certificates 

Step 1 – Install PostgreSQL in Ubuntu 20.04

First of all, Import the repository signing GPG key to your system. Open a terminal and use below command to import key:

wget -O - | sudo apt-key add - 

Next, create a PPA file for PostgreSQL on your Ubuntu 20.04 system.

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb focal-pgdg main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pgdg.list' 

After adding the PPA to your system. Execute the following command to install PostgreSQL server on your system.

sudo apt update 
sudo apt-get install postgresql postgresql-contrib 

Installing PostgreSQL in Ubuntu 20.04

Press ‘y’ for any confirmation prompted by the installer. The above command will install latest version of PostgreSQL server on your Ubuntu system.

After successful installation verify the postgresql service:

sudo systemctl status postgresql 

Installing postgresql Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Step 2 – Connection To PostgreSQL

Now, establish a connection with the newly installed Postgres database server. First switch to the system’s postgres user account:

sudo su - postgres 

then type “psql” to get the postgress prompt:


psql (13.2 (Ubuntu 13.2-1.pgdg20.04+1))
Type "help" for help.


Connect PostgreSQL in Ubuntu 20.04

Instead of switch user then connect to postgresql, You can also combine both of the above commands as single command.

sudo -u postgres psql

psql (13.2 (Ubuntu 13.2-1.pgdg20.04+1))
Type "help" for help.


Once you are connected to PostgreSQL and you can see the connection information’s details, use the following command:

postgres=# conninfo

The output displays information on the database name, the account you are logged in, the socket path, and port number.

PostgreSQL connection information in Ubuntu 20.04

Step 3 – Secure PostgreSQL

PostreSQL installer creates a user “postgres” on your system. Default this user is not protected.

First, create a password for “postgres” user account by running the following command.

sudo passwd postgres 

Next, switch to the “postgres” account Then switch to the Postgres system account and create a secure and strong password for PostgreSQL administrative database user/role as follows.

su - postgres 
psql -c "ALTER USER postgres WITH PASSWORD 'secure_password_here';" 

Restart the service to apply security changes.

sudo systemctl restart postgresql 

Step 4 – Install pgAdmin

We can use official pgAdmin4 PPA to install latest version of pgAdmin on your system.

First, import the repository signing GPG key and add the pgAdmin4 PPA to your system using the following commands.

curl | sudo apt-key add -
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb pgadmin4 main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pgadmin4.list' 

After adding the PPA, update the Apt cache and install pgAdmin4 package on your system.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install pgadmin4 

The pgadmin4 package contains both pgadmin4-web and pgadmin4-desktop versions, Here:

  • pgadmin4-web – Provides the web interface accessible in a web browser
  • pgadmin4-desktop – Provides desktop application for Ubuntu system, which required Ubuntu Desktop system.
  • You can install both or one from them of your choice. If you have installed both or pgadmin4-web, run the below command to configure it. This will add a login screen to pgAdmin4 web dashboard.

sudo /usr/pgadmin4/bin/ 

The above script will prompt you to create user to access web interface. Input an email address and password when prompted. Say “y” for other confirmation asked by the script.

Once the script finished, you are good to access pgAdmin web dashboard. It will be available at below address:

Access this in web browser: http://localhost/pgadmin4

Login to pgAdmin3 web

In any case the above page is not loading, restart the Apache server using “sudo systemctl restart apache2“. Again try to load above url

Now login with the email address and password configured with /usr/pgadmin4/bin/ script. After successful login to pgAdmin4, you will see the below screen.

Add server to pgAdmin4

Here you need to add your Postgres server to pgAdmin4. Click on “Add New Server” button. This will open a popup, Enter a friendly name, database host and Postgres login credentials.

Click “Save” to complete the connection.

On successful authentication, you will see the databases in sidebar as shown in below screenshot.

pgAdmin4 connected to database server

All done. You have successfully added Postgres database server to pgAdmin4. You can also add more databse instances to single pgAdmin4 server.


In this tutorial, you have learned to install PostgreSQL server on a Ubuntu 20.04 system. Additionally, you have learned to install and configure pgAdmin4 on your system.

Next, you can learn about backup and restore Postgres databases via command line.

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