ZomboDB Documentation

Official guides and reference documentation for ZomboDB.

ZomboDB Installation Instructions

ZomboDB is a 100% native Postgres extension. Additionally, ZomboDB is available as binary .deb and .rpm packages to sponsors for popular Linux distributions. As such, installation is fairly straightforward.

If you instead prefer to install ZomboDB from source, please read the [documentation/SOURCE-INSTALLATION] documentation.


  • Postgres 10.x, 11.x, 12.x, 13.x installed
  • A 64bit Intel Architecture

Installation on CentOS/RHEL

Download the proper .rpm package for your CentOS/RHEL distro from https://www.zombodb.com/${your_download_key}/, and simply run:

$ rpm -Uvh zombodb_centos-8_pg10-3000.0.0-alpha1_1.x86_64.rpm

Installation on Ubuntu/Debian

Download the proper .deb package for your Ubuntu/Debian distro from https://www.zombodb.com/${your_download_key}/, and simply run:

$ dpkg -i zombodb_ubuntu-focal_pg10-3000.0.documentation/0-alpha1_64.deb

Installation on MacOS

Please see the source installation documentation.

postgresql.conf Settings to Consider

ZomboDB defaults to zero Elasticsearch index replicas. If you're installing for a production system you might consider setting zdb.default_replicas to a better value.

You might also consider setting zdb.default_elasticsearch_url.

Both of these values can be set per index, so they're not strictly necessary to set in postgresql.conf.

Make sure to read about ZomboDB's configuration settings and its index options.

Verifying Installation

Once installed, ensure Postgres is running (it does not need to be restarted). Then you can create a test database and create the ZomboDB extension.

Note that a Postgres "superuser" must issue the CREATE EXTENSION zombodb; statement.

$ createdb zdb_test
$ psql zdb_test
psql (10.1)
Type "help" for help.

zdb_test=# CREATE EXTENSION zombodb;

Upgrading ZomboDB

When a new ZomboDB version is released and you need to upgrade you should first ensure you have exclusive access to all databases that use ZomboDB -- in other words, make sure there are no active connections.

Once confirmed, you can simply install the new .deb or .rpm package then for each database that has the ZomboDB extension installed, simply run:


There will be no need to restart Postgres.

While it is unlikely, should a ZomboDB version upgrade require that indices be REINDEXed, that will be noted in the release notes for that version.

Elasticsearch Considerations

Keep in mind that ZomboDB requires Elasticsearch 7.x.

Detailed advice about managing and configuring Elasticsearch clusters is outside the scope of this document, however commercial support can be purchased from ZomboDB, LLC. Feel free to contact us via https://www.zombodb.com/services.

That said, ZomboDB has been tested against various cloud-hosted Elasticsearch providers such as Bonsai (https://bonsai.io) and Elastic's own Elasticsearch Service. ZomboDB can also be used with your own internally-managed Elasticsearch clusters.

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