How to Install PostgreSQL on WSL Ubuntu 22.04

PostgreSQL is a powerful, open-source relational database management system widely used for its robustness and performance. If you’re running Ubuntu 22.04 on Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), you can easily install and configure PostgreSQL to leverage the power of both Windows and Linux environments. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the step-by-step process of installing PostgreSQL on WSL Ubuntu 22.04, setting it up, and performing basic operations.


Before you start, ensure you have the following:

  • Windows 10 or 11 with WSL enabled, visit our guide here.
  • Ubuntu 22.04 installed and running on WSL.
  • Basic knowledge of the Linux command line.

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1. Update Package Lists

First, open your WSL terminal. It’s important to update the package lists to ensure you get the latest versions of the software:

sudo apt update

Step 2. Install PostgreSQL

Next, install PostgreSQL along with its associated packages by running:

sudo apt install postgresql postgresql-contrib -y

During the installation, the PostgreSQL user (postgres) will be created automatically.

How to Install PostgreSQL on WSL Ubuntu 22.04

Step 3. Start and Enable PostgreSQL

After the installation is complete, you need to start PostgreSQL and enable it to run as a service:

sudo service postgresql start
sudo systemctl enable postgresql

Step 4. Check PostgreSQL Status

To ensure that PostgreSQL is running properly, check its status with the following command:

sudo service postgresql status

You should see output indicating that PostgreSQL is active and running, as show below:

How to Install PostgreSQL on WSL Ubuntu 22.04

Step 5. Access PostgreSQL

By default, PostgreSQL allows connections from the local machine. To access it, switch to the postgres user:

sudo -i -u postgres

Then, access the PostgreSQL prompt by typing:


You are now connected to the PostgreSQL database and can execute SQL commands:

How to Install PostgreSQL on WSL Ubuntu 22.04

Step 6. Create a New PostgreSQL User and Database

To create a new user and database, you can run the following commands from the PostgreSQL prompt:

ALTER ROLE myuser SET client_encoding TO 'utf8';
ALTER ROLE myuser SET default_transaction_isolation TO 'read committed';
ALTER ROLE myuser SET timezone TO 'UTC';

Replace mydb, myuser, and mypassword with your preferred database name, username, and password.

Step 7. Displaying the List of Databases in PostgreSQL

To display the list of databases in PostgreSQL, you can use the \l command or SQL queries.

Using the \l Command

If you’re in the PostgreSQL command-line interface (psql), simply type:


This command will list all available databases, their owners, and additional information, as shown below:

How to Install PostgreSQL on WSL Ubuntu 22.04

Using SQL Queries (Optional)

If you prefer to use SQL queries, you can also list databases with the following query:

SELECT datname FROM pg_database;

This query will return a list of database names, as show below:

How to Install PostgreSQL on WSL Ubuntu 22.04

Step 8. Exit PostgreSQL and Return to Your User

To exit the PostgreSQL prompt and return to your regular user, type:


Step 9. Validate the PostgreSQL Database Connection with a Python Script

To ensure your PostgreSQL database is accessible, you can use a Python script to validate the connection. Below is a sample script to connect to your PostgreSQL database using the connection string postgresql://myuser:mypassword@localhost:5432/mydb.

Required Packages

First, ensure you have the required packages installed. Open a terminal and run the following commands:

1. Install Python 3 and pip3:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python3-pip

2. Install PostgreSQL Development Libraries:

sudo apt-get install libpq-dev

3. Install psycopg2-binary:

pip3 install psycopg2-binary

Python Script

Save the following script to a file, for example,

import psycopg2
from psycopg2 import OperationalError

def create_connection():
    # Connection parameters
    connection_string = "postgresql://myuser:mypassword@localhost:5432/mydb"

        # Create a new database session and return a new connection object
        connection = psycopg2.connect(connection_string)
        print("Connection to PostgreSQL DB successful")
        # Close the connection
        print("Connection closed")
    except OperationalError as e:
        print(f"The error '{e}' occurred")

if __name__ == "__main__":

Instructions to Run the Script

1. Save the above script to a file named

2. Open a terminal and navigate to the directory where you saved the script. Run the script using python3:


This script will attempt to connect to the PostgreSQL database using the provided connection string. If the connection is successful, it will print a success message and then close the connection as shown below:

How to Install PostgreSQL on WSL Ubuntu 22.04

If there is an error (such as incorrect credentials or the database server is not running), it will catch the exception and print an error message.


Congratulations! You have successfully installed and configured PostgreSQL on WSL Ubuntu 22.04. You can now start building and managing your databases, leveraging the full potential of PostgreSQL in your development environment. If you need to upgrade PostgreSQL to a specific version, visit our guide here.

Happy coding!

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