If you're using our Cloud, Dedicated databases come with the latest stable version of PgCat, managed deployments, and automatic configuration.

PgCat is free and open source, distributed under the MIT license. You can obtain its source code from our repository in GitHub. It can be installed by building it from source, by installing it from our APT repository, or by running it using our Docker image.

Installing from source

To install PgCat from source, you'll need a recent version of the Rust compiler. Once setup, compiling PgCat is as simple as:

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cargo build --release

which will produce the executable in target/release/pgcat. That executable can be placed into a system directory like /usr/local/bin and ran as a service or directly via a shell.

Installing from APT

We are currently building and distributing a Debian package for Ubuntu 22.04 LTS as part of our release process. If you're using that version of Ubuntu, you can add our APT repository into your sources and install PgCat with apt:

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sudo apt install pgcat

This will install the executable, a Systemd service called pgcat, and a configuration file template /etc/pgcat.toml.example which can be modified to your needs.

By default, the pgcat service will expect a /etc/pgcat.toml configuration file, which should be placed there by the user before the service can successfully start.

Running with Docker

We automatically build and release a Docker image with each commit in the main branch of our GitHub repository. This image can be used as-is, but does require the user to provide a pgcat.toml configuration file.

Assuming you have a pgcat.toml file in your current working directory, you can run the latest version of PgCat with just one command:

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docker run \
-v $(pwd)/pgcat.toml:/etc/pgcat/pgcat.toml \