• Welcome

node-postgres is a collection of node.js modules for interfacing with your PostgreSQL database. It has support for callbacks, promises, async/await, connection pooling, prepared statements, cursors, streaming results, C/C++ bindings, rich type parsing, and more! Just like PostgreSQL itself there are a lot of features: this documentation aims to get you up and running quickly and in the right direction. It also tries to provide guides for more advanced & edge-case topics allowing you to tap into the full power of PostgreSQL from node.js.


$ npm install pg


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Version compatibility

node-postgres strives to be compatible with all recent lts versions of node & the most recent "stable" version. At the time of this writing node-postgres is compatible with node 8.x, 10.x, 12.x and 14.x To use node >= 14.x you will need to install [email protected] or later due to some internal stream changes on the node 14 branch. Dropping support for an old node lts version will always be considered a breaking change in node-postgres and will be done on major version number changes only, and we will try to keep support for 8.x for as long as reasonably possible.

Getting started

This is the simplest possible way to connect, query, and disconnect with async/await:

const { Client } = require('pg')
const client = new Client()
await client.connect()
const res = await client.query('SELECT $1::text as message', ['Hello world!'])
console.log(res.rows[0].message) // Hello world!
await client.end()

And here's the same thing with callbacks:

const { Client } = require('pg')
const client = new Client()
client.query('SELECT $1::text as message', ['Hello world!'], (err, res) => {
  console.log(err ? err.stack : res.rows[0].message) // Hello World!

Our real-world apps are almost always more complicated than that, and I urge you to read on!