install PostgreSQL in Mac OSX via Homebrew

March 10th, 2010

Apple OSX Snow Leopard
System Version: Mac OS X 10.6.2
Kernel Version: Darwin 10.2.0

Install notes for PosgreSQL 8.4 install using the great
Homebrew by Adam Vandenberg.

Run the author’s installation script, and that’s it. Try:
$ brew help
$ brew search postgresql
$ brew install postgresql
==> Summary
/usr/local/Cellar/postgresql/8.4.2: 2297 files, 31M, built in 3.3 minutes
$ brew info postgresql
postgresql 8.4.2

My advice ? Use Homebrew. True UNIX tool!

- sudo is no longer needed to install formulas system wide;
- the postgresql formula will be updated with recent postgres versions, so to check versions do: $ brew versions postgresql

(blogged from Vim)