I'm a noob to linux and pi so may just be missing the obvious but it appears the latest version available for the pi is 11.x which does not support generated columns. I am in the process of porting an app from windows which relies on generated columns so I need version 12.

  • perhaps in raspbian.raspberrypi.org/raspbian/pool/main/p currently there appears to be a 'postgresql-13' directory with specific options available in it
    – jimmont
    Commented Dec 30, 2020 at 10:25
  • Following up on what Ingo said, I was in the same situation where I needed PGSQL >= 12.0, and I found this helpful guide on how to compile pgsql version 12 from source. Commented Aug 19, 2021 at 20:59

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In addition to the options presented by Ingo, there is also a PostgreSQL Docker image with ARM support:

This will probably be easier than (cross-)compiling it from source yourself, and running services like Postgres in a Docker container is a pretty standard practice these days.

  • This is probably the best way to go. As far as I have found it's the only option to run Postgres 13. Beware the limited amount of RAM on an RPI though - if OS upgrades results in more RAM being consumed by the OS, it could render the Docker container difficult to start up. Commented Jun 4, 2021 at 10:03

The postgresql project has binaries available for Debian using a repository with adding an entry in /etc/apt/sources.list as you can see at Postgresql - Linux downloads (Debian). But you will also find there that it is only

available on the following architectures:

  • amd64
  • i386
  • ppc64el

armhf for the Raspberry Pi isn't part of the list so you are lost to compile it from source but I'm afraid that will take hours on a RasPi even on a RPi 4B with 4GB ram.

You can also compile on a more powerful computer with an intel processor (amd64) for the Raspberry Pi (armhf). This is called cross compiling but need some knowledge about compiling and isn't an easy task for a beginner. You could ask google how to do it and if running into problems just ask here.

  • Thanks for that. I wonder if I can compile on a x86 linux mint laptop for a specified architecture?
    – Edward
    Commented Feb 1, 2020 at 22:39

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