If you’ve ever tried installing Python’s psycopg2 PostgreSQL adapter on Linux or macOS, you may have encountered the frustrating “pg_config executable not found” error preventing a successful build.
In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explain the root causes of this missing executable error, walk through solutions like installing pg_config manually and specifying the path, using containerized PostgreSQL installations, and installing all required dependencies on every platform.
By the end, you’ll have a clear understanding of how to troubleshoot and fix the “pg_config not found” problem when installing psycopg2 so you can successfully connect Python to PostgreSQL across development environments. Let’s get to the bottom of this error!
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