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Pgcli is a command line interface for Postgres with auto-completion and syntax highlighting.


Quick Start

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

$ pip install pgcli

If you're on macOS you can install it via Homebrew. Just be aware that this will install postgresql if you don't already have it.

$ brew tap dbcli/tap
$ brew install pgcli

If you're having trouble with the quick start, check the install page for detailed instructions.


$ pgcli --help

  -h, --host TEXT         Host address of the postgres database.
  -p, --port INTEGER      Port number at which the postgres instance is
  -U, --username TEXT     Username to connect to the postgres database.
  -u, --user TEXT         Username to connect to the postgres database.
  -W, --password          Force password prompt.
  -w, --no-password       Never prompt for password.
  --single-connection     Do not use a separate connection for completions.
  -v, --version           Version of pgcli.
  -d, --dbname TEXT       database name to connect to.
  --pgclirc PATH          Location of pgclirc file.
  -D, --dsn TEXT          Use DSN configured into the [alias_dsn] section of
                          pgclirc file.
  --list-dsn              list of DSN configured into the [alias_dsn] section
                          of pgclirc file.
  --row-limit INTEGER     Set threshold for row limit prompt. Use 0 to disable
  --less-chatty           Skip intro on startup and goodbye on exit.
  --prompt TEXT           Prompt format (Default: "\u@\h:\d> ").
  --prompt-dsn TEXT       Prompt format for connections using DSN aliases
                          (Default: "\u@\h:\d> ").
  -l, --list              list available databases, then exit.
  --auto-vertical-output  Automatically switch to vertical output mode if the
                          result is wider than the terminal width.
  --warn / --no-warn      Warn before running a destructive query.
  --help                  Show this message and exit.

pgcli also supports many of the same environment variables as psql for login options (e.g. PGHOST, PGPORT, PGUSER, PGPASSWORD, PGDATABASE).


$ pgcli local_database

$ pgcli postgres://

$ pgcli -h localhost -p 5432 -U amjith app_db

note: While using @ or special symbol in password, do encode and quote it.

$ pgcli 'postgresql://amjith:%40postgres@localhost:5432/app_db'

$ pgcli -h localhost -U amjith -W '@postgres' -d app_db


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