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The latest official documentation on configuring JIRA with PostgreSQL can be found in the Connecting JIRA to PostgreSQL guide.

This is a step-by-step supplement guide for setting up your PostgreSQL database for JIRA on Ubuntu. However, the various procedures described below can be adapted (or may be applicable) to other Linux distributions too.

Set Up a PostgreSQL User

PostgreSQL is very easy to set up on Ubuntu:

user:~$ sudo apt-get install postgresql-8.4 postgresql-client-8.4
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
 * Starting PostgreSQL 8.2 database server             [ OK ]

Now we create a jira PostgreSQL user for the user account that runs JIRA to connect as:

user:~$ sudo su - postgres
postgres:~$ createuser -P jira
Enter password for new role:
Enter it again:
Shall the new role be a superuser? (y/n) n
Shall the new role be allowed to create databases? (y/n) y
Shall the new role be allowed to create more new roles? (y/n) n

Set Up a PostgreSQL user

We can now connect as our jira user and create a database.

postgres:~$ logout
user:~$ sudo su - jira
jira:~$ createdb jiradb

Start JIRA

Run the Setup Wizard

Point a browser at http://localhost:8080/, and set up JIRA as described in the Setup Wizard.

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  1. There seems to be a sequencing issue here. Make sure to run the installer atlassian-jira-<version>-<x64|i386>.bin before the above. The installer script will create the "jira" user. If you don't, you must manually create the user "jira" before executing the "sudo su - jira" command.


  2. user:~$ sudo apt-get install postgresql-8.2 postgresql-client-8.2 produces: 


    E: Package 'postgresql-8.2' has no installation candidate

    E: Unable to locate package postgresql-client-8.2

    E: Couldn't find any package by regex 'postgresql-client-8.2'

    in ubuntu  12.04 and 14.04! 
    please fix your doc.
    Malte Helmhold
  3. Please use:

    sudo apt-get update

    sudo apt-get upgrade

    (confirm with y while upgrading!

    Then install postgres with this command:

    sudo apt-get install postgresql postgresql-contrib


  4. Ubuntu 14.04 now ships with Postgres 9.1; starting with 9.1 createuser was changed to not ask you the superuser/create db/roles questions by default, you have to add --interactive to trigger those questions. Your docs should reflect something along the lines:

    Postgres 9.1 and later:



    -Kelly G. Schoenhofen