I need to use the pg_basebackup/pg_dump program on an Ubuntu 18.04 system to connect to a remote PostgreSQL 11.6 server.

However, the current system only contains pg_basebackup 10.10 and the remote database is using PostgreSQL 11.6. Running pg_basebackup give the error

pg_basebackup: incompatible server version 11.6

Tried to install the correct version of pg_basebackup using the command:

apt install postgresql-client-11

but the apt package is not found. Only postgresql-client, postgresql-client-10 and postgresql-client-common are available the system's apt repos.

Question: How can we install the correct version of pg_basebackup without having to copy it over from the remote database server, and without installing PostgreSQL 11.6 on this machine?

1 Answer 1


Install it from PostgreSQL's own apt repository, adapted from these instructions.

sudo apt-get install curl ca-certificates gnupg
curl https://www.postgresql.org/media/keys/ACCC4CF8.asc | sudo apt-key add -
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://apt.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt $(lsb_release -cs)-pgdg main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pgdg.list'
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install postgresql-client-11
pg_basebackup -V

pg_basebackup (PostgreSQL) 11.7 (Ubuntu 11.7-1.pgdg18.04+1)

  • 3
    This also works with version 12 (using sudo apt install postgresql-client-12) Commented Jul 1, 2020 at 22:34

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