How to install Pgadmin 4 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux

Learn the commands to install pgAdmin 4 – PostgreSQL tools on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa Linux to manage Databases using a web-based graphical user interface.

Just like popular phpMyAdmin to graphically manage MySQL or MariaDB databases, here we have pgAdmin. It is also a free and open source software to provide a graphical interface to develop and administrators of PostgreSQL databases. The open source license of pgAdmin is inherited from the PostgreSQL project. pgAdmin runs on Windows, Linux, macOS, and other Unix derivatives.

However, unlike Linux pgAdmin on Windows and macOS can easily be installed to manage remote or local running PostgreSQL.

pgAdmin supports those versions of PostgreSQL that are supported at the time of the release of a particular version of pgAdmin (see PostgreSQL Versioning Policy).

Even for users who are not into database development, the pgAdmin is still indispensable software for those who are using PostgreSQL. For example when you want direct access to the created databases for control or error correction; for backup and restore of databases and even can use it to delete databases that are no longer in use.

Well, that pgAdmin offers two types of installation one is Desktop Deployment and other Server Deployment.

Server Deployment: In this method of installation, the pgAdmin is installed as a web application with the help of a web server on a command line server, so that single or multiple users can access it simultaneously using a web browser. Of course, credentials are required for security.

Desktop Deployment: This type of installation is like any other software installed locally on the computer. This means you don’t require any browser to connect and access PostgreSQL but are limited to only one user who is currently logged on to the operating system. Also, for this, the user needs a GUI running a supported OS.

Well, installing pgAdmin as a central web application in the local network (server deployment) is useful if you don’t want to restrict it to only one PC.  However, here we show you both the installation of Web and Desktop for Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa.

Steps to install PostgreSQL pgAdmin 4 on Ubuntu 20.04

The steps given in this tutorial can also be used for other Linux based on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa such as Linux Mint, Elementary OS, POP_OS, and more…

1. Add pgAdmin 4 repository

Although pgAdmin is an open-source application, we cannot install it using Ubuntu’s default system repository because it is not available there. To get it, we manually need to add the officially issued repo by the developers of this tool to our system. Here is the command to do that.

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb$(lsb_release -cs) pgadmin4 main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pgadmin4.list'


2. Add Public GPG Key

Next, our system needs to ensure the packages we will receive to install the pgAdmin 4 are from the source as issued by the developer without any alteration. Therefore, for that, we have to add the GPG key on our system used to sign the packages of this tool by its developers.

sudo curl | sudo apt-key add


3. Update Ubuntu 20.04

Once you have performed the above two steps we have prepared our system to install the pgAdmin’s latest version. However, before that update the system to let the system rebuild the APT package manager’s package index cache.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade


4. Install pgAdmin4 on Ubuntu 20.04 server

As we have discussed at the beginning of this tutorial, pgAdmin can be used as a Desktop app as well as a web application, hence, here we will show you how to install both or any one of the two.

Those who want only the pgadmin4 Desktop app on Ubuntu Linux can use this command:

sudo apt install pgadmin4-desktop

Whereas, those who are using Ubuntu Server and required only the web-based interface of pgAdmin can use this one:

sudo apt install pgadmin4-web

Well, there may be a scenario in which you might be using a GUI Ubuntu server or desktop and want both a pgAdmin desktop as well as a web app on a single system. If that is the case then you can use:

sudo apt install pgadmin4

Here, we are using Ubuntu 20.04 Server, hence we are going for the Web Application of this PostgreSQL GUI tool.


5. Configure the pgAdmin user account

This step is only for the Web interface, which means if you have installed pgadmin4-web then run the given command to create a username and password for the pgAdmin user account. This is for security purposes so that any random user won’t be able to access the pgAdmin’s web interface to manage the databases.

sudo /usr/pgadmin4/bin/

Enter the email address that you want to use as a Username and password for the same. Once done, the setup will ask you to restart the Apache web server. Press Y and hit the Enter key to restart it.

Command to create pgadmin user account


6. Access pgAdmin Web Interface

Alternatively, if you have installed the Desktop app, then you can simply go to Application launcher and there search for pgAdmin. However, users like us who have installed the Web App of this tool need to open the browser on the system that can access the server IP address where you have installed the pgAdmin.

In the URL box type: http://your-server-ip-address/pgadmin4

As you received the Web interface, use the username and password configured in the previous step of this tutorial to log in.

Access PgAdmin Web Interface


7. Connect PostgreSQL Database

The next step is to connect the available local or remotely installed PostgreSQL server to access and manage the same in pgAdmin using its Graphical interface.

However, if you have not yet installed and configured a PostgreSQL Database to access remotely/locally, then here is the tutorial on that: How to install PostgreSQL Database on Ubuntu Linux.

Step 1. On your pgAdmin Dashboard, click on the Add New Server.

Add a new server in PgAdmin ubuntu 20.04
Add New Database Server in pgAdmin 4

Step 2: Give some name to your Server that you want to add in the pgAdmin. It is just to easily identify the server, hence you can give whatever name you would like to. After that click on the “Connection” Tab.

Name Server PostgreSQL PgAdmin
Name Server PostgreSQL server


Step 3: In this step, we will add the details of the local or remote PostgreSQL Database server we want to connect to. Add the IP address of the server. Leave the Port and Maintenance database values as they are. Next, in the username add the user of the database you want to access, and in the Password box, the password of your Database user.

Finally, click on the Save button. If everything goes well you will have access to your remote database server.

Connection Setup pgadmin 4
Setup Database Connection

Here is the Dashboard of pgAdmin once you get connected.

How to install Pgadmin 4 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux


7. How to Update

Here we have used the APT package manager and official repository of pgAdmin 4 to install it on Ubuntu 20.04. Hence, in the future, if you want to install the latest compatible update available for it on your system. Simply run:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade


8. Remove or Uninstall pgAdmin from Ubuntu 20.04

Those who don’t want pgAdmin 4 on their Ubuntu 20.04 LTS server or desktop system anymore can remove it. For that go to your command terminal and run the following command:

For only Desktop App

sudo apt autoremove --purge pgadmin4-desktop

For only Web App, the one we installed here.

sudo apt autoremove --purge pgadmin4-web

Or you can remove it completely regardless of the installation type:

sudo apt autoremove --purge pgadmin4*

Also, to remove the repository:

sudo rm -r /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pgadmin4.list


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3 thoughts on “How to install Pgadmin 4 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux”

  1. hello
    thanks to your help but i have one problem.
    when i try to add the public key with the command “sudo apt-key add” it tells me that this key is deprecated ….
    how can i fix this???


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