001 Postgres Command Line : psql : Getting Started with Postgres

I am just getting into PostGres and here are some rough notes for my reference.

Assuming you have a postgres admin account you want to sign in first of all and create a database

To find the command line go to search in Windows and type psql

Ensure that your postgres engine is running firstly

You should be presented with the following

There are default connections to the local host keep hitting these initially until you reach the following;

You will now need to know your password enter it here and press return

I will deal with the warning message further in the post – but a lot of people experience this message so I wanted to keep it in at present.

From my initial investigations as ever it is a good idea to restrict users to particular privileges at this level I am not being particularly refined – I would like to have a poweruser role that I can allocate to people and give this a defined password.

Signing in you can check out the roles and users as follows – on starting up a new instance you may well see something like this \du

So here I try and set up a user called general and create a role called general which I give create DB rights

I would recommend something stronger than the classic password password.

Issuing the \du command again we get to see the roles

Now we can close down and go back in but this time login as username general by altering the appropriate item when asked.

Note how the =# characters have been replaced by => this appears to denote the non superuser sign in.

To identify what username you are logged in as type \c at the prompt

My investigations suggest that the # sign denotes that you are logged into the database as superuser.

So first of all lets get rid of that annoying warning message when you log in at psql

I am running Postgres version 9.5 your version may vary but you can remove the warning by editing runpsql.bat file every version of postgres has this file and it will be located in the version equivalent directory to 9.5 for me.

C:\Program Files\PostgreSQL\9.5\scripts

Add the line

cmd.exe /c chcp 1252

as per underline and save the file

Now fire up psql as usual you should get the following

It should be noted that if you REM out the SET statements you can choose login with particular server / localhost / database / port and username presets which may be useful if you find yourself constantly going into a particular database as a particular user.

Here you see that the warning note has stopped.

It should be noted that using the general username you will NOT be able to create Databases

In order to CREATE databases you will have to be signed in with a username with sufficient privileges here I am in as postgres and I create a database called ExampleDB

You can see that on carrying out a successful command we usually see a repeat of the command.

To get a list of all databases in the instance type


It can be seen that despite typing the name in capitals the database has been created in lower case this seems to be a feature of commandline. If you desperately want capitals you may need to go to pgadmin tool.

I think I’ll end it there for now.

Author: Mark

Mark Brooks a forty something individual working and living in and around Edinburgh