Creating PostgreSQL Database

How to create a database in PostgreSQL and make it accessible for an application:

  1. Install PostgreSQL server and client. In all major Linux distributions you can install them from the main package repository (note that you need postgresql-contrib package also). Make sure it is up and running.
  2. Switch to postgres user:

    $ sudo su - postgres
  3. Start psql:

    $ psql
  4. Create a user <username> with password <password>:

    postgres=# CREATE USER <username> WITH PASSWORD '<password>';
  5. Create a database <dbname>:

    postgres=# CREATE DATABASE <dbname> OWNER <username> ENCODING 'utf8';
  6. Connect to the database:

    postgres=# \c <dbname>
  7. Activate uuid-ossp extension:

    <dbname>=# CREATE EXTENSION IF NOT EXISTS "uuid-ossp";
  8. Type \q to quit.
  9. Press ^D to exit the postgres user shell.
  10. Under superuser, edit /var/lib/pgsql/data/pg_hba.conf (/etc/postgresql/*/main/pg_hba.conf in Debian) and add the following lines to it:
   # TYPE  DATABASE        USER            ADDRESS                 METHOD
   local   <dbname>        <username>                              password
   host    <dbname>        <username>            password
   host    <dbname>        <username>      ::1/128                 password
  1. Restart PostgreSQL server:
       $ sudo systemctl restart postgresql