PostgreSQL Scanner Extension
Version 0.9.2

The postgres extension allows DuckDB to directly read data from a running PostgreSQL instance. The data can be queried directly from the underlying PostgreSQL tables, or read into DuckDB tables. See the official announcement for implementation details and background.


To make a PostgreSQL database accessible to DuckDB, use the postgres_attach command:

-- load all data from "public" schema of the postgres instance running on localhost into the schema "main"  
CALL postgres_attach('');
-- attach the database with the given schema, loading tables from the source schema "public" into the target schema "abc"
CALL postgres_attach('dbname=postgres user=postgres host=', source_schema='public', sink_schema='abc');

postgres_attach takes a single required string parameter, which is the libpq connection string. For example you can pass 'dbname=postgresscanner' to select a different database name. In the simplest case, the parameter is just ''. There are three additional named parameters:

  • source_schema the name of a non-standard schema name in PostgreSQL to get tables from. Default: public.
  • sink_schema the schema name in DuckDB to create views. Default: main.
  • overwrite whether we should overwrite existing views in the target schema. Default: false.
  • filter_pushdown whether filter predicates that DuckDB derives from the query should be forwarded to PostgreSQL. Default: false.

The tables in the database are registered as views in DuckDB, you can list them as follows:

PRAGMA show_tables;

Then you can query those views normally using SQL.

Querying Individual Tables

If you prefer to not attach all tables, but just query a single table, that is possible using the postgres_scan function, e.g.:

SELECT * FROM postgres_scan('', 'public', 'mytable');

The postgres_scan function takes three string parameters, the libpq connection string (see above), a PostgreSQL schema name and a table name. The schema often used in PostgreSQL is public.

To use filter_pushdown use the postgres_scan_pushdown function.

Loading the Extension

PostgreSQL extension will be, by default, autoloaded on first use. If you prefer to do so explicitly, it can always be done using the following commands:

INSTALL postgres;
LOAD postgres;

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