Install and use PostgreSQL in Arch or Manjaro with PHP

I would not go into details of what is PostgreSQL as I am pretty sure you already know about it. But in this guide, we will install and use PostgreSQL in Arch or Manjaro operating system with PHP including how to manage the databases.

So let’s get started.


We will install all the necessary packages first including PHP.

sudo pacman -S postgresql php php-pgsql

PHP configuration

To make PHP work with PostgreSQL, we have to enable it in php.ini.

sudo vim /etc/php/php.ini

Uncomment the following lines (line numbers are given as a guide for you).

extension=pdo_pgsql   (line number 929)
extension=pgsql       (line number 931)

Restart Apache or your installed web server application.

sudo systemctl restart httpd

PostgreSQL initial setup

After installation we need to setup the database server so we can use it anywhere we would like to.

sudo systemctl start postgresql

On initial systemctl startup if you get an error related to initdb: data folder does exist. Login to PostgreSQL as postgres user.

sudo -iu postgres

Run the following command.

initdb --locale en_US.UTF-8 -D '/var/lib/postgres/data'


Now try to start it again.

sudo systemctl start postgresql
sudo systemctl enable postgresql

You can also check the PostgreSQL clusters with.


Create users and databases

Login to PostgreSQL space as postgres user.

sudo -iu postgres

Create a user with createuser tool and -P flag to set a password. pguser is the username.

createuser pguser -P

Create a database with createdb tool. my_test_db is the database name.

createdb my_test_db

Once done, we will assign pguser to my_test_db in psql shell.


Run the following command to grant all the privileges to user pguser on my_test_db database.


This way pguser has access to my_test_db too.

Now if you want that pguser should be able to create databases too (for example using a PHP script or any other tool). Run this command to alter pguser and give permission of creating databases. Quit with \q.


Exit if you are done here.


Access from PHP

Now you can access PostgreSQL with your PHP scripts and you already have a database ready for use.

If you want to manipulate PostgreSQL databases/tables from a UI. I would recommend to install Adminer and login to PostgreSQL as pguser which we created earlier.

You will be able to create databases too under this user as we granted it the permission.

Backup databases

To backup PostgreSQL databases, you can use pg_dump tool.

pg_dump -U pguser -W -F p my_test_db > /home/user/my_test_db_dump.sql

-U : PostgreSQL user

-W : force to ask for user password

-F : output file format

p : plain text file

-F can have values like, c (custom), d (directory), t (tar), p (plain text)

Check out help page of pg_dump for more options and details.

pg_dump --help

You can dump all the databases with pg_dumpall.


To restore a database, use psql tool.

psql -U pguser -W my_test_db < /home/user/my_test_db_dump.sql