Installing Postgres on MacOS with Brew

This is what I followed to install postgres:


brew doctor
brew update


brew install postgres
ln -sfv /usr/local/opt/postgresql/*.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents

Create aliases:

alias pg_start="launchctl load ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.postgresql.plist"
  1. alias pg_stop="launchctl unload ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.postgresql.plist"

This alias is only set for that terminal window, so to set this permanently, find your shell path by:

  1. echo $SHELL

Then you can append the alias to the computer shell file. For me, this was ~/.zshrc

Note: Make sure to echo the alias and use “>>” to append, not “>” which completely wipes the file with the text. This is what I did, and unfortunately, all the past things I added to my shell file were erased and it could not be undone.


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