Configure Postgres inside Docker

Add customizations with the -c switch, e.g. -c shared_buffers=1GB, to customize Postgres' configuration at run-time in Docker. See the osm2pgsql documentation for recommendations on a server with 64 GB of RAM.

This docker run command has been tested with 16GB RAM and 4 CPU (8 threads) with the Colorado subregion. Configuring Postgres in-Docker runs 7-14% faster than the default Postgres in-Docker configuration.

docker run --name pgosm -d --rm \
    -v ~/pgosm-data:/app/output \
    -v /etc/localtime:/etc/localtime:ro \
    -p 5433:5432 -d rustprooflabs/pgosm-flex \
    -c shared_buffers=512MB \
    -c work_mem=50MB \
    -c maintenance_work_mem=4GB \
    -c checkpoint_timeout=300min \
    -c max_wal_senders=0 -c wal_level=minimal \
    -c max_wal_size=10GB \
    -c checkpoint_completion_target=0.9 \
    -c random_page_cost=1.0

The docker exec command used for the timings.

time docker exec -it \
    pgosm python3 docker/ \
    --ram=8 \
    --region=north-america/us \
    --subregion=colorado \
    --layerset=basic \

Monitoring the import

You can track the query activity in the database being loaded using the pg_stat_activity view from pg_catalog. Database connections use application_name = 'pgosm_flex'.

    FROM pg_catalog.pg_stat_activity
    WHERE application_name = 'pgosm-flex'