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Install Percona Distribution for PostgreSQL on Debian and Ubuntu

This document describes how to install Percona Server for PostgreSQL from Percona repositories on DEB-based distributions such as Debian and Ubuntu. Read more about Percona repositories .


  1. Debian and other systems that use the apt package manager include the upstream PostgreSQL server package postgresql-16 by default. The components of Percona Distribution for PostgreSQL 16 can only be installed together with the PostgreSQL server shipped by Percona (percona-postgresql-16). If you wish to use Percona Distribution for PostgreSQL, uninstall the postgresql-16 package provided by your distribution and then install the chosen components from Percona Distribution for PostgreSQL.
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Run all the commands in the following sections as root or using the sudo command:

Configure Percona repository

  1. Install the percona-release repository management tool to subscribe to Percona repositories:

    • Fetch percona-release packages from Percona web:

      $ wget$(lsb_release -sc)_all.deb
    • Install the downloaded package with dpkg:

      $ sudo dpkg -i percona-release_latest.$(lsb_release -sc)_all.deb
    • Refresh the local cache:

      $ sudo apt update
  2. Enable the repository

Percona provides two repositories for Percona Distribution for PostgreSQL. We recommend enabling the Major release repository to timely receive the latest updates.

$ sudo percona-release setup ppg-16

Install packages

The meta package enables you to install several components of the distribution in one go.

$ sudo apt install percona-ppg-server-16
  1. Install the PostgreSQL server package:

    $ sudo apt install percona-postgresql-16
  2. Install the components:

    Install pg_repack:

    $ sudo apt install percona-postgresql-16-repack

    Install pgAudit:

    $ sudo apt install percona-postgresql-16-pgaudit

    Install pgBackRest:

    $ sudo apt install percona-pgbackrest

    Install Patroni:

    $ sudo apt install percona-patroni

    Install pg_stat_monitor

    Install pgBouncer:

    $ sudo apt install percona-pgbouncer

    Install pgAudit-set_user:

    $ sudo apt install percona-pgaudit16-set-user

    Install pgBadger:

    $ sudo apt install percona-pgbadger

    Install wal2json:

    $ sudo apt install percona-postgresql-16-wal2json

    Install PostgreSQL contrib extensions:

    $ sudo apt install percona-postgresql-contrib

    Install HAProxy

    $ sudo apt install percona-haproxy

    Install pgpool2

    $ sudo apt install percona-pgpool2

    Install pg_gather

    $ sudo apt install percona-pg-gather

    Some extensions require additional setup in order to use them with Percona Distribution for PostgreSQL. For more information, refer to Enabling extensions.

Start the service

The installation process automatically initializes and starts the default database. You can check the database status using the following command:

$ sudo systemctl status postgresql.service

Connect to the PostgreSQL server

By default, the postgres user and the postgres database are created in PostgreSQL upon its installation and initialization. This allows you to connect to the database as the postgres user.

$ sudo su postgres

Open the PostgreSQL interactive terminal:

$ psql


You can connect to psql as the postgres user in one go:

$ sudo su - postgres -c psql

To exit the psql terminal, use the following command:

$ \q

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