I stumbled upon this error while using QGIS (2.18.13) to display a PostGIS raster and read in comment #14 on the same issue, that it is working when using a newer GDAL version.

I have GDAL 1.11.3 used by the DB, which I installed using this instruction (PostgreSQL 9.6.5 & PostGIS 2.3.3). I am curious, if anyone has a PostGIS package for Ubuntu 16.04 compiled against a newer GDAL version. Or do I need to compile it from scratch?


The Ubuntu GIS team has GDAL 2.2.1 for Xenial and has PostGIS 2.3.3 compiled against it. From the PostGIS build logs

checking for gdal-config... /usr/bin/gdal-config
checking GDAL version... 2.1.3

Install with

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntugis/ppa;
sudo apt-get update;
sudo apt-get install postgis;


I have tried ubuntugis before and it didn't work, because I used the newest PostgreSQL version (9.6) from the Postgresql repository, but as it turns out, the current ubuntugis-unstable PostGIS version is compiled against PostgreSQL 9.5. So I removed the Postgresql repository from my sources.list and did:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntugis/ubuntugis-unstable
sudo apt-get update  
sudo apt-get install postgresql-9.5
sudo apt-get install postgresql-9.5-postgis-2.3 postgresql-contrib-9.5 postgresql-9.5-postgis-scripts
sudo apt-get install postgis

That did the trick for me, just to give a little more context.

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    There may be newer versions in the unstable: launchpad.net/~ubuntugis/+archive/ubuntu/… – user30184 Sep 28 '17 at 19:30
  • @user30184 I didn't even see that, I blame Launchpad's interface, I didn't realize the package list was paged. Yuck. – Evan Carroll Sep 28 '17 at 19:37
  • @EvanCarroll please update the link and install part of your answer to the unstable ppa. – AndreJ Sep 29 '17 at 5:52
  • @AndreJ why? the one I linked is the one I cited in my answer from the Ubuntu GIS ppa. – Evan Carroll Sep 29 '17 at 14:47
  • Yep, that makes 100% more sense. – Evan Carroll Sep 29 '17 at 15:14

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