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The pre_prepare module aims to prepare all your statements as soon as possible and in a way that allows client queries not to bother at all and just call EXECUTE.


compile and install

The module is using the PG_XS build infrastructure, so just:

make install
psql -f `pg_config --sharedir`/contrib/pre_prepare.sql -U user dbname

Depending on the way you got PostgreSQL installed in the first place, you may need to use sudo for the make install step.


Add a custom class then the following settings:

preprepare.relation = 'preprepare.statements'

The pre_prepare.relation is the name of the table where you’ll put all the statements you want to module to prepare. The following SQL query against the given relation must return the names and SQL statements to be prepared.

SELECT name, statement FROM <pre_prepare.relation>;

The statements won’t be edited, so must be the all PREPARE stuff.

When running PostgreSQL 9.1 or earlier, an additional setting is required:

custom_variable_classes = 'preprepare' # only for 9.1 and earlier


When using pgbouncer, which is a good idea, consider setting up connect_query to prepare all the statements at server connection time.

foo = port=5432 connect_query='SELECT prepare_all();'

Of course, if using pre_prepare, you’ll want to avoid using DISCARD ALL as your reset_query…​


If you have 8.3

It’s unfortunately not possible to call SPI_connect() from the module initialization routine (_PG_init()) when called via local_preload_libraries, it’s too much early. So fully transparent preparing of user given statement is not possible with the pre_prepare module, you still have to explicitely call SELECT prepare_all().

If running 8.4 or later

To call SPI_connect() in fact what’s needed is an opened transaction and a current active Snapshot. Both are possible to acquire from within a dynamically loaded module, so preprepare is supporting the case.

Update your postgresql.conf to have the following:

custom_variable_classes = 'preprepare' # only for 9.1 and earlier
preprepare.at_init  = on
preprepare.relation = 'preprepare.statements'

Then reload PostgreSQL and enjoy: any new connection will have already prepared your statements by the time you’re able to send queries, so you can forget about PREPARE and directly EXECUTE. No need for extra software.

Please note that if your statements contain any error, PostgreSQL will handle it as a FATAL error and this will effectively prevent you from connecting to your server. You’ll have to turn preprepare.at_init off again then reload, or remove pre_prepare from local_preload_libraries then restart.


First create a table where to store your statements, e.g.:

create table pre_prepare.statements(name text primary key, statement text);

The statement stored is the complete statement including the PREPARE name AS part.

insert into pre_prepare.statements values ('test', 'prepare test as select 1');


Then connect to PostgreSQL (via pgbouncer if not using local_preload_libraries) and run the EXECUTE command matching with your PREPARE statements, they all are already prepared.

If not using pgbouncer nor preprepare.at_init = on, you’ll have to call the function yourself to have your statements prepared:

SELECT prepare_all();


If you’re not in a position to always prepare the same set of queries, you can use the second form of prepare_all calling, which accepts a specific statements table:

SELECT prepare_all('public.expensive_planning');

This can be automated in a special pgbouncer fake database where the connect_query will prepare specific queries when you know you need them in some occasion, but they’re way to expensive to always prepare ahead of time.


The module also offers a discard() function which does the same as DISCARD ALL except that it won’t call DEALLOCATE ALL.