How to change the data directory for PostgreSQL


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We use the default data folder when installing PostgreSQL on your server, which is /usr/local/pgsql/data. To change this folder, follow the instructions below.

  1. Connect to your servers via SSH.
  2. Stop the PostgreSQL service by issuing the following command:

    $ (sudo -u postgres pg_ctl stop -D /usr/local/pgsql/data -m i -t 5 || true) && sudo stop postgresql 
  3. Make sure that PostgreSQL is no longer running:

    $ ps aux | grep pgsql

    This command must not return any running PostgreSQL processes.

  4. Make a new directory for your data:

    $ mkdir /new/path/folder
  5. Make sure that your new folder is only accessible by the PostgreSQL user:

    $ chown postgres /new/path/folder
    $ chmod 700 /new/path/folder
  6. Move your data from the old folder to new one:

    $ mv /usr/local/pgsql/data /new/path/folder
  7. Create a symlink to your new folder from the old one:

    $ ln -s /new/path/folder/data /usr/local/pgsql/data
  8. Start the PostgreSQL service again:

    $ sudo start postgresql

Your PostgreSQL service should now be working with new data folder.