In this post I will explain how to connect to PostgreSQL on Raspberry PI using python. Python is a good language for scripting, so it could be useful to include our psql statements inside a python script, without the requirement of having psql installed on client machine.
In the previous post we’ve already explained how to set the Raspberry PostgreSQL server to allow incoming connections.
PostgreSQL shell client is psql. Unlike pgAdminIII, psql is the terminal-based front-end to PostgreSQL, included in by default in the PostgreSQL package. psql enables to type in queries interactively, and provides meta-commands and shell-like features to facilitate writing scripts and automating a wide variety of tasks.
Results will be now presented, to test the efficiency of a PostgreSQL database server installed on a Raspberry PI. This represents a good challenge: build up a database server in a cheap way! Let’s not forget our goal: be able to adopt Postgres in schools so that the SQL language can be taught!
Once the Raspbian image is written on the SD disk, it can be inserted into the Raspberry PI SD port. Just connect the power supply and Raspberry PI will boot for the first time. On the HDMI display, login and password will be required: the Raspbian image has already defined an user named “pi” (having password “raspberry”) with root privileges. A step by step configuration tool will be shown for the first time (where you can set minimal configurations like machine name, etc.). Following boots will require login and password only.
Raspberry PI can support many Linux versions optimised for the ARM processor that’s built into the motherboard. Many of those versions are derived from the most popular PC versions – for example “Pidora” from Fedora, or “Raspbian” from Debian. The project website contains a list of available Linux versions for Raspberry PI.