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PostgreSQL client library for Go


pgx is a database connection library designed specifically for PostgreSQL. pgx offers an interface similar to database/sql that offers more performance and features than are available the database/sql interface. It also can run as a database/sql compatible driver by importing


Below are some of the standout features of pgx.

Familiar Query Interface

pgx implements Query, QueryRow, and Scan in the familiar database/sql style.

var name string
var weight int64
err := conn.QueryRow("select name, weight from widgets where id=$1", 42).Scan(&name, &weight)
if err != nil {
    return err

pgx adds convenience to Query in that it is only necessary to call Close if you want to ignore the rest of the rows. When Next has read all rows or an error occurs, the rows are closed automatically.

var sum int32

rows, err := conn.Query("select generate_series(1,$1)", 10)
if err != nil {
    t.Fatalf("conn.Query failed: ", err)

for rows.Next() {
    var n int32
    sum += n

// rows.Close implicitly called when rows.Next is finished

if rows.Err() != nil {
    t.Fatalf("conn.Query failed: ", err)

// ...

Prepared Statements

Prepared statements are easy to use in pgx. Just call Prepare with the name of the statement and the SQL. To execute a prepared statement just pass the name of the statement into a Query, QueryRow, or Exec as the SQL text. It will automatically detect that it is the name of a prepared statement and execute it.

if _, err := conn.Prepare("getTime", "select now()"); err == nil {
    // handle err

var t time.Time
err := conn.QueryRow("getTime").Scan(&t)
if err != nil {
    return err

Prepared statements will use the binary transmission when possible. This can substantially increase performance.

Explicit Connection Pool

Connection pool usage is explicit and configurable. In pgx, a connection can be created and managed directly, or a connection pool with a configurable maximum connections can be used. Also, the connection pool offers an after connect hook that allows every connection to be automatically setup before being made available in the connection pool. This is especially useful to ensure all connections have the same prepared statements available or to change any other connection settings.

It delegates Query, QueryRow, Exec, and Begin functions to an automatically checked out and released connection so you can avoid manually acquiring and releasing connections when you do not need that level of control.

var name string
var weight int64
err := pool.QueryRow("select name, weight from widgets where id=$1", 42).Scan(&name, &weight)
if err != nil {
    return err


Transactions are started by calling Begin or BeginIso. The BeginIso variant creates a transaction with a specified isolation level.

    tx, err := conn.Begin()
    if err != nil {
        t.Fatalf("conn.Begin failed: %v", err)

    _, err = tx.Exec("insert into foo(id) values (1)")
    if err != nil {
        t.Fatalf("tx.Exec failed: %v", err)

    err = tx.Commit()
    if err != nil {
        t.Fatalf("tx.Commit failed: %v", err)

Listen / Notify

Pgx can listen to the PostgreSQL notification system with the WaitForNotification function. It takes a maximum time to wait for a notification.

if notification, err := conn.WaitForNotification(time.Second); err != nil {
    // do something with notification


The pgx ConnConfig struct has a TLSConfig field. If this field is nil, then TLS will be disabled. If it is present, then it will be used to configure the TLS connection.

Custom Type Support

pgx includes support for the common data types like integers, floats, strings, dates, and times that have direct mappings between Go and SQL. Support can be added for additional types like point, hstore, numeric, etc. that do not have direct mappings in Go by the types implementing Scanner, TextEncoder, and optionally BinaryEncoder. To enable binary format for custom types, a prepared statement must be used and the field description of the returned field must have FormatCode set to BinaryFormatCode. See example_custom_type_test.go for an example of a custom type for the PostgreSQL point type.

Null Mapping

pgx includes Null* types in a similar fashion to database/sql that implement the necessary interfaces to be encoded and scanned.


pgx connections optionally accept a logger from the log15 package.


Pgx supports multiple connection and authentication types. Setting up a test environment that can test all of them can be cumbersome. In particular, Windows cannot test Unix domain socket connections. Because of this pgx will skip tests for connection types that are not configured.

Normal Test Environment

To setup the normal test environment run the following SQL:

create user pgx_md5 password 'secret';
create database pgx_test;

Next open connection_settings_test.go.example and make a copy without the .example. If your PostgreSQL server is accepting connections on, then you are done.

Connection and Authentication Test Environment

Complete the normal test environment setup and also do the following.

Run the following SQL:

create user pgx_none;
create user pgx_pw password 'secret';

Add the following to your pg_hba.conf:

If you are developing on Unix with domain socket connections:

local  pgx_test  pgx_none  trust
local  pgx_test  pgx_pw    password
local  pgx_test  pgx_md5   md5

If you are developing on Windows with TCP connections:

host  pgx_test  pgx_none trust
host  pgx_test  pgx_pw password
host  pgx_test  pgx_md5 md5