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PostGIS adds support for geographic objects in the PostgreSQL database. This document describes the process for installing PostGIS and creating a template PostGIS database. It is assumed that PostgreSQL has been installed. If it hasn't, please refer to the PostgreSQL page.

Installing PostGIS

  • Install PostGIS.
$ su
$ pacman -S postgis

Creating a Template PostGIS Database

  • Become the postgres user.
$ su
$ su - postgres
  • If you haven't created a superuser for accessing PostgreSQL, you may want do that now. You will be prompted for granting permissions to that user.
$ createuser [username]
  • Create a new database called "template_postgis".
$ createdb -O [username] template_postgis -E UTF-8
  • PostGIS requires the pl/pgSQL language to be installed on a database.
$ createlang plpgsql template_postgis
  • Load the PostGIS spatial types for PostgreSQL and spatial reference systems. "postgis.sql" and "spatial_ref_sys.sql" are part of the installation of PostGIS, and may reside somewhere else besides "/usr/sharepostgresql/contrib/postgis-1.5/" depending on the installation. (Below is for default postgis 1.5 installation)
$ psql -d template_postgis -f /usr/share/postgresql/contrib/postgis-2.0/postgis.sql
$ psql -d template_postgis -f /usr/share/postgresql/contrib/postgis-2.0/spatial_ref_sys.sql
  • Make it a real template.
$ psql

UPDATE pg_database SET datistemplate = TRUE WHERE datname = 'template_postgis';

Creating a PostGIS Database From the Template

  • It's common practice to reserve a bare template for creating new PostGIS databases. As a PostgreSQL superuser, the following command will create a new database:
$ createdb -T template_postgis [new_postgis_db]

More Resources

For additional resources concerning PostGIS, check out the PostGIS Documentation.