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pgcli is an advanced PostgreSQL command-line client
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A REPL for Postgres

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This is a postgres client that does auto-completion and syntax highlighting.

Home Page:

MySQL Equivalent:

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Quick Start

If you already know how to install python packages, then you can simply do:


$ pip install -U pgcli


$ brew install pgcli  # Only on OS X

If you don't know how to install python packages, please check the
detailed instructions__.




$ pgcli [database_name]


$ pgcli postgresql://[user[:password]@][netloc][:port][/dbname] 



$ pgcli local_database

$ pgcli postgres://amjith:pa$$


The pgcli is written using prompttoolkit.

  • Auto-completes as you type for SQL keywords as well as tables and
    columns in the database.
  • Syntax highlighting using Pygments.
  • Smart-completion (enabled by default) will suggest context-sensitive

    • SELECT * FROM <tab> will only show table names.
    • SELECT * FROM users WHERE <tab> will only show column names.
  • Primitive support for psql back-slash commands.

  • Pretty prints tabular data.
    Note: pgcli uses tabulate
    package to pretty-print tables. This library does smart formatting of numbers,
    which can sometimes lead to unexpected output. See
    this issue for more details.

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A config file is automatically created at ~/.config/pgcli/config at first launch.
See the file itself for a description of all available options.


If you're interested in contributing to this project, first of all I would like
to extend my heartfelt gratitude. I've written a small doc to describe how to
get this running in a development setup.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you need help.
My email:, Twitter: @amjithr <>_

Detailed Installation Instructions:


Easiest way to install pgcli is using brew. Please be aware that this will
install postgres via brew if it wasn't installed via brew.


$ brew install pgcli


If you have postgres installed via a different means (such as PostgresApp), you
can brew install --build-from-source pgcli which will skip installing
postgres via brew if postgres is available in the path.

Alternatively, you can install pgcli as a python package using a package
manager called called pip. You will need postgres installed on your system
for this to work.

In depth getting started guide for pip -


$ which pip

If it is installed then you can do:


$ pip install pgcli

If that fails due to permission issues, you might need to run the command with
sudo permissions.


$ sudo pip install pgcli

If pip is not installed check if easy_install is available on the system.


$ which easy_install

$ sudo easy_install pgcli


In depth getting started guide for pip -

Check if pip is already available in your system.


$ which pip

If it doesn't exist, use your linux package manager to install pip. This
might look something like:


$ sudo apt-get install python-pip   # Debian, Ubuntu, Mint etc


$ sudo yum install python-pip  # RHEL, Centos, Fedora etc

pgcli requires python-dev, libpq-dev and libevent-dev packages. You can
install these via your operating system package manager.


$ sudo apt-get install python-dev libpq-dev libevent-dev


$ sudo yum install python-devel postgresql-devel

Then you can install pgcli:


$ sudo pip install pgcli


Pgcli can be run from within Docker. This can be useful to try pgcli without
installing it, or any dependencies, system-wide.

To build the image:


$ docker build -t pgcli .

To create a container from the image:


$ docker run --rm -ti pgcli pgcli <ARGS>

To access postgresql databases listening on localhost, make sure to run the
docker in "host net mode". E.g. to access a database called "foo" on the
postgresql server running on localhost:5432 (the standard port):


$ docker run --rm -ti --net host pgcli pgcli -h localhost foo

To connect to a locally running instance over a unix socket, bind the socket to
the docker container:


$ docker run --rm -ti -v /var/run/postgres:/var/run/postgres pgcli pgcli foo


A special thanks to Jonathan Slenders <> for
creating Python Prompt Toolkit <>
which is quite literally the backbone library, that made this app possible.
Jonathan has also provided valuable feedback and support during the development
of this app.

This app includes the awesome tabulate <>_
library for pretty printing the output of tables. The reason for vendoring this
library rather than listing it as a dependency in, is because I had to
make a change to the table format which is merged back into the original repo,
but not yet released in PyPI.

Click <>_ is used for command line option parsing
and printing error messages.

Thanks to psycopg <>_ for providing a rock solid
interface to Postgres database.

Thanks to all the beta testers and contributors for your time and patience. :)

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