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The Server Dialog

Use the Server dialog to describe a connection to a server. Note: you must ensure the pg_hba.conf file of the server from which you are connecting allows connections from the host of the client.

The Server dialog organizes the connection of a server through the following dialog tabs: General, and Connection.


Use the fields in the General tab to identify the server:

  • Use the Name field to add a descriptive name for the server; the name specified will be displayed in the pgAdmin tree control of the client.
  • Use the drop-down list box in the Server group field to specify the pgAdmin tree control parent node for the server.
  • Uncheck the checkbox next to Connect now? to instruct pgAdmin not to attempt a connection upon completion of the dialog. The default enables connection.
  • Provide a comment about the server in the Comments field.

Click the Connection tab to continue.


Use the fields in the Connection tab to configure a connection:

  • Specify the IP address of the server host, or the fully qualified domain name in the Host name/address field. On Unix based systems, the address field may be left blank to use the default PostgreSQL Unix Domain Socket on the local machine, or may be set to an alternate path containing a PostgreSQL socket. If you enter a path, the path must begin with a “/”.

  • Enter the listener port number of the server host in the Port field. The default is 5432.

  • Use the Maintenance database field to specify the name of the initial database to which the client will connect. If you will be using pgAgent or adminpack objects, the pgAgent schema and adminpack objects should be installed on that database.

  • Use the User name field to specify the name of a role that will be used when authenticating with the server.

  • Use the Password field to provide a password that will be supplied when authenticating with the server.

  • Check the box next to Save password to instruct pgAdmin to save the password for future use.

  • Use the Role field to specify the name of a role that has privileges that will be conveyed to the client after authentication with the server. This selection allows you to connect as one role, and then assume the permissions of this specified role after the connection is established. Note that the connecting role must be a member of the role specified.

  • Use the drop-down list box in the SSL field to select the type of SSL connection the server should use. For more information about using SSL encryption, see Section 31.18 of the Postgres documentation:

  • Click the Save button to save work.

  • Click the Cancel button to exit without saving work.

  • Click the Reset button to restore configuration parameters.

Click the Advanced tab to continue.


Use the fields in the Advanced tab to configure a connection:

  • Specify the IP address of the server host. Using this field to specify the host IP address will avoid a DNS lookup on connection, however it may be useful to specify both a host name and address when using Kerberos, GSSAPI, or SSPI authentication methods, as well as for verify-full SSL certificate verification