Install and setup PostgreSQL for Django

1. Deactivate the virtualenv if there is.

pyenv deactivate


2. Install the required libraries.

sudo apt-get install libpq-dev python-dev


3. Install PostgreSQL.

sudo apt-get install postgresql postgresql-contrib


4. Start the psql shell.

sudo -u postgres psql


5. Setup the postgres user password by entering the following command and you will be prompted for password in the psql shell. Press Control + D to quit after it is done.

\password postgres


6. Create a new database user called django_user.

sudo -u postgres createuser django_user


7. Go to the psql shell again.

sudo -u postgres psql

8. Create the database and name it django_db.

createdb django_db


9. Set the password for django_user.

ALTER USER django_user WITH PASSWORD '<password>';


11. Grant the privilege properly.



12. Exit the psql shell and activate the virtualenv.

pyenv activate <virtualenv>


13. Install the psycopg2 package.

pip install psycopg2


14. Edit the Django project as follow.

    'default': {
        'ENGINE': 'django.db.backends.postgresql_psycopg2',
        'NAME': 'django_db',
        'USER': 'django_user',
        'PASSWORD': '<password>',
        'HOST': 'localhost',
        'PORT': '5432',


15. Initialize the db.

python syncdb


16. Start the Django project and see if everything works fine.

python runserver


Done =)



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