How To Map Linux Users To Postgres User

linux users to postgres

Map root user to Postgres user

I had a chance to map Linux users to Postgres. Recently I have started to understand the PostgreSQL’s internal processing. One of the topics explained about the pg_ident.conf file. Till that time I never used that file, even I didn’t hear about that. Basically, this file will help you to connect with PostgreSQL from any System users. I have configured everything to connect PostgreSQL from root user, but still, couldn’t able to connect. Because I used psql command to connect.

root@sqladmin#psql psql
FATAL: role "root" does not exist

I have wasted 2 days for this. Then I found one solution in StackOverflow that I should mention the PostgreSQL username in the command. Here is the configurations to map any Linux users to PostgreSQL.

In this blog, I have mapped my root user.
Edit the pg_ident.conf file and add the below line.

mapping_root root postgres

 MAPNAME: A friendly name for your mapping.
SYSTEM-USERNAME: Name of the system user that wants to map.
PG-USERNAME: Name of the PostgreSQL user that the Linux user should connect.
Edit the pg_hba.conf file to enable this mapping

local all postgres peer
# -- add mapping configs. 
local all postgres peer map=mapping_root

Restart your PostgreSQL or Reload it.
Now you should enter the below command to connect PostgreSQL via root user


I have tested this on PostgreSQL 9.6.



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