I'm currently running into a problem on pgAdmin 4 where I am unable to use the PostGIS extension. I first tried running it this way through PGAdmin 4:

SELECT postgis_full_version();

This gives me this result in messages tab:

ERROR:  could not open extension control file "/Library/PostgreSQL/13/share/postgresql/extension/postgis.control": No such file or directory
SQL state: 58P01

I looked in my 'library/PostgreSQL/13/share/postgresql/extensions' folder and I don't find postgis.control file. I have also downloaded postgres.app and I would have thought this would solve my problem but it still does not appear there.

What might I be able to do so that the extension appears in the extensions folder?

  • What kind of Postgresql13/Postgis installation do you use? Depending on the way you install Postgis, the location of the libraries can differ. MacPorts (I prefer this way) resides in /opt/local for example. Homebrew uses /usr/local and Postgres.app may be too.
    – huckfinn
    Dec 5, 2021 at 17:54
  • @huckfinn i installed postgresql13 using this postgresql.org
    – Felix Chan
    Dec 7, 2021 at 23:54
  • Have you installed postgis?
    – huckfinn
    Dec 8, 2021 at 16:07
  • I have tried using homebrew, but it doesn't seem to appear. I had also tried using stack overflow, but when I run stack overflow the application just becomes non responsive
    – Felix Chan
    Dec 9, 2021 at 8:53

1 Answer 1


I had it easy when I installed postgres using homebrew.

brew install postgres

Then also use homebrew to install postgis: brew install postgis

This is what was missing

Afterwards, log in to the database with gis requirements:

psql postgres

Then from with psql shell

\c <database_name>

CREATE EXTENSION postgis; \q to exit the shell.

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