PostgreSQL database (Windows)


Original author JA Cole

Get PostgreSQL and the python connector

Install PostgreSQL

Run the the postgresql installer. It will ask for a location. Ensure the “data” directory is not under “Program Files” as this can cause permissions errors. Enter a superuser password when prompted. Make sure you keep this safe as you will need it.

Create a user and database

Open pgAdmin III

  • Click on servers to expand
  • Double click on PostgreSQL 9.4
  • Enter your superuser password
  • Right click on “login roles” and choose “New login role”
  • Create the openremuser (or whatever you want your user to be called) and under definition add a password.
  • Click OK
  • Right click on databases and choose “New database”
  • Name the database (openremdb is fine) and assign the the owner to the user you just created.

Install psycopg2

pip install psycopg2-2.6.1-cp27-cp27m-win32.whl
# or if you have the 64-bit version
pip install psycopg2-2.6.1-cp27-cp27m-win_amd64.whl
# adjusting the version number appropriately

If this is your initial install, you are now ready to install OpenREM, so go to the Installing OpenREM docs.

If you are replacing a SQLite test install with PostgreSQL, continue here.

Configure OpenREM to use the database

Find and edit the settings file (notepad works fine). The path depends on your python install, but could be something like:
  • C:\lib\python2.7\site-packages\openrem\openremproject\
Set the following (changing name, user and password as appropriate):
  • 'ENGINE': 'django.db.backends.postgresql_psycopg2',
  • 'NAME': 'openrem_db',
  • 'USER': 'openremuser',
  • 'PASSWORD': 'openrem_pw',