I'm trying to setup a PostgreSQL database on an Ubuntu machine. I would like to be able to access it using pgAdmin3 from a remote machine. How do I setup this?

I have installed the PostgreSQL database on Ubuntu using:

sudo apt-get install postgresql

In my /etc/postgresql/9.1/main/pg_hba.conf have I this line:

host    all    all    all    password

so it should accept connections from all IPv4-addresses and passwords should be sent in clear text (this is for development reasons).

If I run this command to see what services is running:

sudo netstat -tulpn

I can see these lines, that is showing that PostgreSQL is accepting connections on the default port:

tcp    0    0*    LISTEN

When I try to connect to this PostgreSQL server from a remote computer on the same local network I get this error message:

Server doesn't listen

The server doesn't accept connections: the connection library reports

could not connect to server: Connection refused Is the server running on host "" and accepting TCP/IP connections on port 5432?

I used postgres as username and no password. But I have also tried with postgres as password. On the local server I can login using:

sudo -u postgres psql postgres

How can I connect to a PostgreSQL database running on Ubuntu from a remote machine using pgAdmin3?

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The line in your netstat report shows that the database is only listening on localhost:5432 ( for incoming tcp connections.

Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address   Foreign Address  State   PID/Program name
tcp        0      0*        LISTEN  3561/postgres

So it can only accept local tcp connections regardless of what permissions you've specified in pg_hba.conf. pg_hba.conf only specifies allowed connections, but does not specify what interfaces your service will listen to.

The addresses the server listens on is specified with the listen_addresses GUC in postgresql.conf. If you want the server to listen for remote connections you should specify the ip(s) you want it to listen on or * to listen on all available interfaces on the host.

To have your postgresql server listen on all interfaces on the host, you should have the following line in postgresql.conf:

listen_addresses = '*'
  • but I have already specified all in the pg_hba.conffile... so it should accept connetions from all ip-addresses.
    – Jonas
    Commented Jun 1, 2012 at 22:10
  • Perhaps I could have said it more clearly. pg_hba doesn't specify what the database listens on, only what protocol/db/user/remote-addr connections are permitted.
    – dbenhur
    Commented Jun 1, 2012 at 22:12
  • Ok, so how do I fix this? do you have any suggestions?
    – Jonas
    Commented Jun 1, 2012 at 22:15
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    you fix it by putting a line listen_addresses = '*' in postgresql.conf and restarting your server.
    – dbenhur
    Commented Jun 1, 2012 at 22:16
  • Thanks, this solved this problem. Now I just got problems with the default password :(
    – Jonas
    Commented Jun 1, 2012 at 22:24

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