Setup PostgreSQL on Fedora 27


Installing the Version Contained in Fedora’s Repo

PostgreSQL can be installed with yum, the package system of Fedora.

$ yum install postgresql-server postgresql-contrib

This will install the version contained in Fedora’s repo (currently 9.6.7-1).

Installing a Specified Version

To install a specified repo, find an RPM repo package from

For example, to install PostgreSQL 9.6:

$ rpm -Uvh [](
$ yum install postgresql96-server postgresql96-contrib

Post-Installation Setup

After yum finish installation, initialize PostgreSQL with

$ postgresql-setup initdb

This creates a new PostgreSQL database cluster.

Start and enable PostgreSQL service:

$ systemctl start postgresql
$ systemctl enable postgresql

Creating Roles and Databases

PostgreSQL uses “roles” for authentication, which is similar to Unix users and groups. A Unix user “postgres” will be created upon installation. To log into PostgreSQL with this identity:

$ sudo -i -u postgres
<type password>
$ psql

Command psql uses Unix socket file to connect to the PostgreSQL server by default. peer is the default authentication method for Unix socket file connections, which looks up the PostgreSQL role that is related to the Unix user name.

After logging into PostgreSQL, use \q to quit.

With the “postgres” Unix account, you can create PostgreSQL roles and databases. To create a new role:

$ createuser --interactive

You will be asked for the user name and other information about the role to create.

To create a database for the role:

$ createdb <db name>

In order to log into PostgreSQL with your own Unix account directly, you should create a PostgreSQL role and a database that have the same name as your Unix account.


With your own Unix account, log into PostgreSQL with:

$ psql

This will use the PostgreSQL role and connect to the database that have the same name as your account. To view the connection info, use \conninfo in the PostgreSQL prompt.

postgres=# \conninfo
You are connected to database "<your Unix account>" as user "<your Unix account>" via socket in "/var/run/postgresql" at port "5432".

Updating Authentication Method

By default PostgreSQL uses peer authentication for connections through Unix socket file, and ident for local TCP/IP connections. This can be modified by editing /var/lib/pgsql/data/pg_hba.conf.

Update (Mar 23, 2018): The path to pg_hba.conf may vary. You can ask PostgreSQL for the real path with SHOW hba_file;.

The default options are around the end of the file:


# "local" is for Unix domain socket connections only
local all all peer
# IPv4 local connections:
host all all ident
# IPv6 local connections:
host all all ::1/128 ident

For example, to force password when logging in through TCP/IP connections, replace ident with md5. A list of supported authentication methods can be found from