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Install PostgreSQL on Mac

Last Updated : 01 Mar, 2023
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This is a step-by-step guide to install PostgreSQL on a Mac OS machine. We will be installing PostgreSQL version 11.3 on Mac using the installer provided by EnterpriseDB in this article. 

There are three crucial steps for the installation of PostgreSQL as follows: 

  1. Download PostgreSQL EnterpriseDB installer for Mac
  2. Install PostgreSQL
  3. Verify the installation

Downloading PostgreSQL Installer for Mac

You can download the latest stable PostgreSQL Installer specific to your Mac OS by clicking here.  

Installing the PostgreSQL installer

After downloading the installer run the downloaded dmg package as administrator user and follow the below steps: 

  • Step 1: Click the Next button 

  • Step 2: Choose the installation folder, where you want PostgreSQL to be installed, and click on Next. 

  • Step 3: Select the components as per your requirement to install and click the Next button. 

  • Step 4: Select the database directory where you want to store the data and click on Next. 

  • Step 5: Set the password for the database superuser (Postgres) 

  • Step 6: Set the port for PostgreSQL. Make sure that no other applications are using this port. If unsure leave it to its default (5432) and click on Next. 

  • Step 7: Choose the default locale used by the database and click the Next button. 

  • Step 8: Click the Next button to start the installation. 

  • Wait for the installation to complete, it might take a few minutes. 

Verifying the Installation of PostgreSQL

You can check the installation using the below command in the terminal:  

ps -ef | grep postgres

This will result in the below image:


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