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Configuring a PostgreSQL database

Use this information to configure a PostgreSQL database for use with Alfresco Community Edition.
  1. Install the PostgreSQL database connector.

    The database connector is a JAR file, for example postgresql-9.3-xxxx.jdbc4.jar.

    1. Download the latest database connector JAR file from the PostgreSQL download site:
    2. Copy the JAR file into the /lib directory.

      For example, for Tomcat, copy the JAR file into the <TOMCAT_HOME>/lib directory.

  2. Increase the maximum connections setting in the PostgreSQL configuration file.
    1. Locate the configuration file:

      • Linux: /var/lib/pgsql/<version of PostgreSQL>/data/postgresql.conf
      • Windows: C:\Program Files\PostgreSQL\<version of PostgreSQL>\data\postgresql.conf
    2. Add or edit the max_connections property:

      max_connections = 275
    3. Restart the database.
  3. Create a database named alfresco.
  4. Create a user named alfresco.

    This user must have write permissions on all tables and sequences.

  5. Set the new user's password to alfresco.
  6. Ensure the alfresco user has the required privileges to create and modify tables.
  7. Open the <classpathRoot>/ file.
  8. Locate the following line:


  9. Edit the line with an absolute path to point to the directory in which you want to store Alfresco Community Edition data. For example: dir.root=C:/Alfresco/alf_data
  10. Uncomment the following properties:

    # PostgreSQL connection (requires postgresql-8.2-504.jdbc3.jar or equivalent)
  11. Set the other database connection properties.
    Note: Ensure that these database connection properties are not commented out.
  12. Save the file without the .sample extension.
  13. To allow password-authenticated connections through TCP/IP, ensure that the PostgreSQL configuration file, pg_hba.conf, contains the following line:

    host all all password
  14. Restart the Alfresco Community Edition server.

    If you receive JDBC errors, ensure the location of the PostgreSQL JDBC drivers are on the system path, or add them to the relevant lib directory of the application server.

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