How to Install PostgreSQL on openSUSE: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

In this step-by-step tutorial, we will guide you through the process of installing PostgreSQL on an openSUSE system.

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PostgreSQL, often referred to as Postgres, is a powerful and open-source relational database management system known for its advanced features and reliability. In this step-by-step tutorial, we will guide you through the process of installing PostgreSQL on an openSUSE system. We’ll also cover essential database management tasks, providing you with the knowledge to work effectively with PostgreSQL on your openSUSE-powered server.


Before you begin the installation process, ensure you have met the following prerequisites:

  1. An openSUSE system (openSUSE Leap or openSUSE Tumbleweed).
  2. Root or sudo access on the system.
  3. A stable internet connection to download PostgreSQL packages.

With these prerequisites in place, let’s proceed with the installation.

Installing PostgreSQL on openSUSE

Step 1: Update the System

Start by ensuring your openSUSE system is up to date. Open a terminal and run the following commands:

sudo zypper refresh
sudo zypper update

These commands will refresh the package repositories and upgrade existing packages on your system.

Step 2: Install PostgreSQL

To install PostgreSQL on openSUSE, use the following command:

sudo zypper install postgresql-server postgresql-contrib

This command will install both the PostgreSQL server and additional contrib packages that provide useful extensions and utilities.

Step 3: Initialize the PostgreSQL Database

After the installation, initialize the PostgreSQL database cluster by running:

sudo postgresql-setup --initdb

This command will create the necessary directory structure and configuration files for PostgreSQL.

Step 4: Start and Enable PostgreSQL

To start the PostgreSQL service and enable it to start automatically at boot, use these commands:

sudo systemctl start postgresql
sudo systemctl enable postgresql

Creating a PostgreSQL User and Database

Let’s create a new PostgreSQL user and database. Replace your_user and your_password with your preferred values:

sudo -u postgres createuser your_user
sudo -u postgres createdb -O your_user your_database

To illustrate PostgreSQL’s capabilities, let’s create a simple table in the newly created database. Access the PostgreSQL command-line tool, psql, using the following command:

sudo -u postgres psql -d your_database

Once in the psql prompt, execute the following SQL commands to create a basic table:

CREATE TABLE example (
    id serial PRIMARY KEY,
    name VARCHAR (100),
    age INT

Managing the PostgreSQL Service

To manage the PostgreSQL service on openSUSE, you can use the following commands:

  • Start PostgreSQL service: sudo systemctl start postgresql

  • Stop PostgreSQL service: sudo systemctl stop postgresql

  • Restart PostgreSQL service: sudo systemctl restart postgresql

  • Check PostgreSQL service status: sudo systemctl status postgresql


Congratulations! You have successfully installed PostgreSQL on your openSUSE system, created a database, and learned how to perform basic management tasks. PostgreSQL’s extensive feature set makes it a versatile choice for various data storage needs.

With PostgreSQL now installed and running, you are well-prepared to build and manage databases for your openSUSE-based applications, leveraging its scalability and reliability for your data-driven projects. Explore PostgreSQL’s documentation to discover its full potential and adapt it to your specific requirements.

If you want to learn more about MySQL, please use our PostgreSQL tutorials and PostgreSQL Reference.