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How to Install PostgreSQL and phpPgAdmin on Ubuntu 16.04

PostgreSQL or Postgres is a powerful high-performance object-relational database management system (ORDBMS) released under a flexible BSD-style license. PostgreSQL is well suited for large databases and has many advanced features.

PostgreSQL is available for many operating systems including Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, and Microsoft Windows.

PhpPgAdmin is a PHP-based web application for managing PostgreSQL databases. With Phppgadmin, it is easy to create a database, create a role and create tables in Postgres.

This tutorial will show the installation of PostgreSQL and its web-based administration interface phpPgAdmin on Ubuntu 16.04. I will use the Ubuntu minimal server as basis for this setup.


  • Ubuntu Server 16.04.
  • Root/Sudo access.

What we will do in this tutorial:

  1. Install PostgreSQL, phpPgAdmin and Apache2.
  2. Configure a PostgreSQL User.
  3. Configure Apache2.
  4. Configure phpPgAdmin.
  5. Testing.

Step 1 - Installing PostgreSQL, phpPgAdmin and Apache2

PostgreSQL and PhpPgAdmin are available in the Ubuntu repository. So you just need to install them with the apt command.

sudo apt-get -y install postgresql postgresql-contrib phppgadmin

The above command will automatically install all packages needed by PostgreSQL, like Apache, PHP etc.

Step 2 - Configure PostgreSQL user

PostgreSQL uses role for user authentication and authorization, it just like Unix-Style permissions. By default, PostgreSQL creates a new user called "postgres" for basic authentication. To use PostgreSQL, you need to login to the "postgres" account, you can do that by typing:

sudo su
su - postgres

Now you can access the PostgreSQL prompt with the command:


And then change the password for postgres role by typing:

\password postgres


Then enter \q to leave the psql command line.

Set the PostgreSQL password.

Run the command "exit" to leave the postgres user and become root again.


Step 3 - Configure Apache2

You need to configure apache for phpPgAdmin. Edit the file /etc/apache2/conf-available/phppgadmin.conf with nano by typing:

cd /etc/apache2/conf-available/
nano phppgadmin.conf

Comment out the line #Require local by adding a # in front of the line and add below the line allow from all so that you can access from your browser.

Grant External access to phpPgAdmin

Step 4 - Configure phpPgAdmin

Edit the file /etc/phppgadmin/ by typing :

cd /etc/phppgadmin/

Find the line $conf['extra_login_security'] = true; and change the value to false so you can login to phpPgAdmin with user postgres.

Set phpPgAdmin security settings.

Step 5 - Restart PostgreSQL and Apache2

systemctl restart postgresql
systemctl restart apache2

Step 6 - Testing

Now access phpPgAdmin with your browser http://yourip/phppgadmin/.

The phpPgAdmin start page.

and then try login to with user postgres and your password.

Login to phpPgAdmin

After logging in you will get this interface:

The phpPgAdmin Interface.


PostgreSQL is an advanced object-relational database management system (ORDBMS), it is Open Source and has a large and active Community. PostgreSQL provides the psql command line program as primary front-end, which can be used to enter SQL queries directly, or execute them from a file. phpPgAdmin is a web-based administration tool for PostgreSQL written in PHP that makes the administration of Postgres databases easier.

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By: Jon

Many people have no interest in using PHP + Apache to manage a Postgres database.  It is a bit of overkill when simply using PgAdminIII works great.  I'm not suggesting that you can't include the Apache bits, but you may want to consider updating the tutorial to warn people that it isn't necessary.  Especially considering the high ranking in Google for this topic.

By: yuvaraj Mudaliar

No this is usefull when your hosting on a vps server like AWS where you dont have GUI to user pgadmin!! so dont mark this article wrong!!

By: Lisa

Hi,I have created some tables in postgres and I want to view them in pgadmin3. I created a new user using:$ createuser --interactive$sudo -u lisam postgres <Do you know how to link a new user with pgadmin?

By: jose

no pude ingresar al phpPGadmin me sale usuario no autorizado

By: er

very helpful, thanks.

By: Arjun Bhoot

ThanQ for the above information, it's helps me a lot....

By: Master

Thanks for help!

By: Master

Everything came out fine, but as I do for localhost / folder name to work since it appears to me Not Found

By: Wilzon

Interesting tutorial. Thank you

By: Andy

thanks ...

By: Lizzgonzalez

very helpfull! thanks!

By: John

Great tutorial.  

By: Hector

muchas gracias todo ok

By: Helle

exit does not work, you need to use \q to quit postgres after resetting the password.

By: Wakidaisho

Thank, i needed one tutorial clear and concise. Thanks 

By: Guna

I did all of the steps, but when I am trying to login through browser "Access Denied" message is displayed.

Any sollution ??

By: Lilly

I received the same issue. Is there a security setting that needs to be changed?

By: susaj

Your is out of date. You will need to regenerate it from the new


i am getting this reponse in browser