This article will instruct you how to update the PostgreSQL database server on Linux – Redhat, Ubuntu, Debian, and Arch Linux.
If you’re looking to install PostgreSQL server on your Linux system, follow our instructions here.
Take Care, and Back Up!
Note that this article is about updating the PostgreSQL package from your software repository. This will not upgrade to the next major release. Before you do update, however check which version will be installed and ensure it is compatible with the software you are connecting to the database. Be sure to back up your data (preferably your whole system!) before upgrading so there are no unintended consequences and so that you can roll back if necessary.
Updating PostgreSQL on Debian and Ubuntu Linux
Whether you opted to install PostgreSQL on your Debian system using the default Debian software repository, or added the PostgreSQL repository and installed from there, the update process is the same – the package names just differ:
From the Default apt Repository
If you installed from the default apt repository, run:
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade postgresql-12
From the PostgreSQL apt Repository
If you installed from the PostgreSQL apt repository, run:
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade postgresql
Updating PostgreSQL on Arch Linux
To update PostgreSQL installed from the default Arch software repository, re-run the installation:
pacman -S postgresql
Updating PosgreSQL on Redhat/Centos/Fedora
Update PostgreSQL on Red Hat-based distributions by running the following commands.
On Fedora and Red Hat 8 run:
dnf update postgresql-server
Or on older versions of Red Hat (6/7) run:
yum update postgresql-server
Updating PostgreSQL on Other Linux Distributions
If you have installed from source, you should just be able to install the next minor release and remain compatible with your existing data, but again, it’s always a good idea to back up first.
To continue your PostgreSQL journey, head back to our index that lists our full PostgreSQL guide.