I've upgraded Postgresql from 9.3 to 9.6 on my machine (linux mint rafaella- so ubuntu 14.04)

As the previous version was listening on 5432 the new version is listening on 5433, but I want to change that to 5432 so that the previous configuration (rails, phppgadmin etc) work with the new postgres server.

I have changed the port in postgresql.conf from 5433 to 5432 and restarted postgres, but this didn't work:

$ sudo netstat -nltp |grep 5432     
$ sudo netstat -nltp | grep 5433
tcp        0      0*               LISTEN      25467/postgres 

I also tried setting the environment variable and restarting postgres:

PGPORT=5432; export PGPORT

again, still listening on 5433 and nothing on 5432.

trying to connect gives me:

$ sudo -u postgres psql postgres 
psql: could not connect to server: No such file or directory
    Is the server running locally and accepting
    connections on Unix domain socket "/var/run/postgresql/.s.PGSQL.5432"?

What am I doing wrong?

Output of pg_lsclusters:

$ pg_lsclusters 
Ver Cluster Port Status Owner    Data directory               Log file 
9.6 main    5432 online postgres /var/lib/postgresql/9.6/main /var/log/postgresql/postgresql-9.6-main.log

contents of pg_hba.conf:

# TYPE  DATABASE        USER            ADDRESS                 METHOD
local   all             postgres                                peer
# "local" is for Unix domain socket connections only
local   all             all                                     md5
# IPv4 local connections:
host    all             all               md5
# IPv6 local connections:
host    all             all             ::1/128                 md5
  • @ypercubeᵀᴹ running that gives me: $ pg_lsclusters Ver Cluster Port Status Owner Data directory Log file 9.6 main 5432 online postgres /var/lib/postgresql/9.6/main /var/log/postgresql/postgresql-9.6-main.log
    – BigJ
    Sep 11, 2017 at 15:15
  • No - psql: could not connect to server: Connection refused Is the server running on host "" and accepting TCP/IP connections on port 5432?
    – BigJ
    Sep 11, 2017 at 15:24
  • @ypercube - they do yes.
    – BigJ
    Sep 11, 2017 at 15:30
  • I have edited the question to show pg_hba.conf
    – BigJ
    Sep 11, 2017 at 15:37
  • Discussion moved in chat. Sep 11, 2017 at 16:18

4 Answers 4


ypercube and deszo were able to get this user's environment up and running (per the chat transcript).

The key seemed to be running:

sudo pg_ctlcluster 9.6 main restart

but not running it as the postgres user.

See the chat log for more details.


There should be a line in your postgresql.conf file that says:

port = 1486

Change that.

The location of the file can vary depending on your install options. On Debian-based distros it is


On Windows it is

C:\Program Files\PostgreSQL\9.3\data

  • 2
    May be you could read the question again; the OP said he'd done that already.
    – mustaccio
    Apr 10, 2018 at 14:11

In ubuntu 20.04 I solved it like this:

To list which ports is using:

sudo lsof -i -P -n | grep LISTEN

To list the paths of postgres and your respectives ports

grep -H '^port' /etc/postgresql/*/main/postgresql.conf

Choose the path of port you want change. In my case is


then I edit the configurations of port with:

sudo nano /etc/postgresql/13/main/postgresql.conf

Save the changes and restart the service with:

sudo service postgresql restart

Then you can run lsof -i -P -n | grep LISTEN to see the ports is correctly.

  • Thanks, these commands were useful!
    – Kevin P.
    Dec 31, 2022 at 3:48

As per pg_lscluster output :-

It is showing port 5432 which indicate there is no other cluster of postgresql with port 5433.

Also sudo -u postgres psql postgres command output show :-

Your cluster main service is not running kindly restart that cluster using

pg_ctlcluster 9.6 main restart --if error post the log files

  • Also go to postgresql.conf file present in /etc/ find listen_address in it and set as per below i.e listen_address='*' and restart the service again .

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