Setting Windows PATH for Postgres tools


I cannot access PostgreSQL through the command line in Windows. Although I am able to create and update the databases, access them through PGAdminIII, and push to Heroku, I am unable to access them directly through my command line using the psql command.

When I try to create a database by using the command

$ createdb mydb

as explained in the PG documentation, I get the message

createdb: command not found

The documentation suggests that in this case, "PostgreSQL was not installed properly. Try calling the command with an absolute path instead." Sure enough, I am able to create a database by entering the direct path to the file:

$ c:/postgreSQL/9.1/bin/createdb mydb

Does this mean that the path can be reconfigured to connect correctly? Or do I need to reinstall? I've reinstalled several times, and have not been able to set the correct path. I currently have both the /bin and /lib paths addedto my system and user(:Umezo) paths, but still no access from the command line.

User variables for umezo
variable name: Path
variable value: C:\PostgreSQL\9.1\bin; C:\PostgreSQL\9.1\lib

System variables
variable name: Path
variable value: C:\PostgreSQL\9.1\bin; C:\PostgreSQL\9.1\lib

Any information or feedback regarding how I can fix my installment would be appreciated.

My info is as below:

I mostly followed these sources here and here. I installed a 32 bit version of 9.1 because some sources suggested issues with 64 bit.

PG download version: Installer Version 9.1 Win x86-32
Operating System: Windows 7 (64 bit)


# IPv4 local connections:
host      all          all     md5
# IPv6 local connections:
host      all          all      ::1/128          md5    


# - Connection Settings -
listen_addresses = '*'
port = 5432
max_connections = 100


# *Everything is commented out*

Login Role Umezo #from properties window in PGAdminIII

Properties/Role name: Umezo
Properties/Can login: "check"
Role privileges: all categories "check"

This question is tagged with windows path

~ Asked on 2012-07-12 21:17:10

The Best Answer is


configuring postreSQL PATH variable on Windows 7

I encountered this issue too. I'm using Git Bash, hence the Unix-style $ prompt on Windows.

$ rails db
Couldn't find database client: psql, psql.exe.  Check your $PATH and try again.

Here's what I did:

In Windows 7, navigate to:

Control Panel
  All Control Panel Items
      Advanced System Settings
        Environment Variables
          from the System Variables box select "PATH"

Then append this string to the existing PATH Variable Value:

;C:\Program Files\PostgreSQL\9.2\bin

and click "OK" three times to exit the menus.

Now, close the console and restart it.

Navigate back to the directory of your Rails app. In my case, this is accomplished with:

$ cd rails_projects/sample_app

Then, try again:

$ rails db


How do I put PostgreSQL /bin directory on my path in Windows?

~ Answered on 2013-05-22 02:12:09


Settings Windows Path For Postgresql

open my Computer ==>
  right click inside my computer and select properties ==>
    Click on Advanced System Settings ==>
       Environment Variables ==>
          from the System Variables box select "PATH" ==>
             Edit... ==>

then add this at the end of whatever you find their

 ;C:\PostgreSQL\9.2\bin; C:\PostgreSQL\9.2\lib

after that continue to click OK

open cmd/command prompt.... open psql in command prompt with this

psql -U username database

eg. i have a database name FRIENDS and a user MEE.. it will be


you will be then prompted to give the password of the user in question. Thanks

~ Answered on 2014-04-07 19:58:48

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