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How to install PostgreSQL on Fedora 33

XpsnQt uses PostgreSQL as its database so “How to install PostgreSQL on Fedora 33” became a question worth answering. Once again, most of the stuff you find online is horribly out of date.

Open a terminal and type the following to see just how much PostgreSQL stuff there is in the repos.

sudo dnf search postgresql

That is going to scroll a while because it is a lot! The actual install is accomplished via this terminal command.

sudo dnf install postgresql-server postgresql postgresql-server-devel

Always install the server development package no matter what platform you are working on. Many things need it and few of them are good about listing it as a dependency.

When you are done PostgreSQL will be installed, but not active.

After PostgreSQL install

Just like Manjaro, Fedora doesn’t initialize the database. Unlike Manjaro, it needs a lot more done for the init.

Initializing database

If you try to do what we did in this Manjaro post, it just won’t work. Don’t you love how consistent the Linux community is?

Yes, I tried it.

I could have looked at the shell script and figured out what else it was doing, but just wasn’t worth the pain since this machine only has one disk. If you look at the output of the legitimate command it appears I just needed to set up a log directory.

Now you need to both enable and start the service.

sudo systemctl enable --now postgresql

All that is left is to add a user and you can begin enjoying your database.

Adding user

Happy computing!

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