The easiest way to get PostGIS and friends running:

Docker.  See: https://github.com/vpicavet/docker-pggis for a quick and easy Docker running PostGIS. Understand, this isn’t production ready (the connection permissions make my teeth hurt a little) but, so nice to have a one stop shop for postgis, pgrouting, and pointcloud. Now I may have to write blog posts on pointcloud. Point cloud didn’t get in the PostGIS Cookbook because it was too hard to build. I built it. I played with its wonders. Then I decided it was too much too early. Well, not any more… .

CREATE EXTENSION postgis;
CREATE EXTENSION postgis_topology;
CREATE EXTENSION pgrouting;
CREATE EXTENSION pointcloud;
CREATE EXTENSION pointcloud_postgis;

Screen shot of pgAdmin with CREATE EXTENSIONS for all the fun postgresql extensions... .

Oh, one more thing: pro-tip. You can modify the Docker file into a shell script for installing all this goodness on your local Ubuntu/Debian machine as well:
https://github.com/vpicavet/docker-pggis/blob/master/Dockerfile

7 thoughts on “The easiest way to get PostGIS and friends running:

    1. You are biased :), but it’s a fair point that prebuilt services are easier and faster. Now, a question in return– does Openshift have PointCloud, PDAL, and SFCGAL?

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