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PG Reloaded

pg_reloaded is a program that's useful for restoring databases. You can use it to refresh databases for online demos, development databases and anywhere where you may want to reset the data after use. You schedule your databases to be restored from a backup.


Currently, you will have to build it from source, binary Releases will be made available soon.


Get the usage information by running pg_reloaded --help

$ pg_reloaded check --config="pg_reloaded.yml"

# Run with the default configuration
$ pg_reloaded start

# Or with a path to a configuration file
$ pg_reloaded start --config="development.yml" --log-file="./path/to/log"

If you would like to restore a database immediately, run the following:

$ pg_reloaded run "database"

In order to be effective, pg_reloaded needs to run in the background as a daemon. There's a sample Systemd Unit File here.

You can also use supervisor to run the pg_reloaded daemon, below is an example configuration for Supervisor

command=/usr/bin/pg_reloaded start --config=/etc/pg_reloaded/pg_reloaded.yml

Please note that these process management systems must be configured to start pg_reloaded on boot for best effective use of the scheduling capabilities.

Example configuration

PG Reloaded is configured via YAML configuration file which records the details about how and when to restore your databases.

By default pg_reloaded reads configuration from a file named pg_reloaded.yml in the home directory if present i.e. $HOME/pg_reloaded.yml (on Windows in %UserProfile%\pg_reloaded.yml)

You can specify a path for the configuration file via the --config option on the command-line.

The configuration basically looks like the following:

# Absolute path to the directory containing postgresql client programs
# The following client programs are searched for specifically:
# psql, pg_restore, pg_dump
psql_path: "/path/to/psql-dir"
# Absolute path to the logfile, will be created if it does not exist
log_file: "/path/to/logfile"
  # name - A name to identify the server in the "databases" section of the configuration
  - name: "my-development-server"
    # host - The host for the database
    host: "localhost"
    # port - The port for the database
    port: 5432
    # Username for the user must have CREATE DATABASE & DROP DATABASE privileges
    username: "appuser" 
    # Password for the user role on the database 
    password: "password"
  # name - The database name 
  - name: "my_database_name"
    # server - The name of a server in the "servers" list
    server: "my-development-server"
    # schedule - Specifies the schedule for running the database restores in
    # daemon mode. Supports simple interval notation and CRON expressions
    schedule: "@every 24h"
    # Source specifies where to get the schema and data to restore  
      # The type of file(s) to restore the database from.
      # The following types are (will be) supported:
      # * sql - load schema & data from SQL files using psql
      # * tar - load schema & data from SQL files using pg_restore
      # * csv - load data from CSV files using pgfutter
      # * json - load data from JSON files using pgfutter
      type: "sql"
      # The absolute path to the file to restore the database from 
      file: "/path/to/file"
      # The absolute path to the schema file to be used to create tables, functions etc..
      # Schema MUST be specified if source type is one of: csv, json 
      # or if the SQL file only contains data
      schema: "/path/to/schema/file.sql"

Supported notation for Scheduling

The real value of pg_reloaded is in its ability to restore databases according to a schedule.

The following syntax is supported for scheduling

  • Intervals: Simple interval notation is supported. Only for seconds(s), minutes (m) and hours (h).

e.g. @every 10m, @every 2h, @weekly, @monthly

  • CRON Expression: Most CRON expressions valid here should be valid


  • The postgresql client programs must be present on your path or configured in the config file or command-line for pg_reloaded to work. In particular the program may need to execute psql, pg_restore or pg_dump during it's operation.

In the YAML file:

psql_path: "/path/to/psql-dir/"

On the command-line

$ pg_reloaded --psql-path="/path/to/psql-dir" 

Supported Sources

Currently, the only supported sources are:

  • SQL via dumped SQL file - default source, load dumps/data files from the filesystem


You can build Docker images/containers using the Dockerfile. At this time, you can pull images from @gkawamoto's Dockerhub:

$ docker pull gkawamoto/pg_reloaded

Building from Source

I encourage you to build pg_reloaded from source, if only to get you to try out Go ;). So the first step is to Install Go.

The next step is to clone the repo and then after that, building the binary should be as simple as running go build

$ git clone
$ cd pg_reloaded
$ go build -o dist/pg_reloaded


This project could not be made possible without these great Open-Source tools and their authors/contributors whose shoulders are steady enough to stand on:

CHENJEZO ( Notice )

  • Running as a Service on Windows

Since you have to run it in the background for the scheduling functionality to be of any value a Service wrapper would be ideal on Windows - but until then you will have to run it in the foreground.


This is not meant to be run on production databases which house critical data that you can't afford to lose. It's meant for demo and development databases that can be dropped and restored without losing a dime. Use good judgment.


Some rough ideas on how to take this thing further:

  • Add preload and post-load conditions for databases
  dump: true
  checkActivity: true
  notify: true
  • Backup the current database before restoring using pg_dump or pgclimb

  • A Windows Service wrapper

  • Add support for the following sources:

    • csv : loads data from CSV files, just like you would with pgfutter
    • json: loads data from JSON files, just like you would with pgfutter
    • postgres - load database from a remote postgresql database
    • http - load a database dump from an HTTP server
    • s3 - load database dump from AWS S3


Issues and Pull Requests welcome.


MIT License

Copyright (c) 2019 - 2020, NNDI


A simple tool to help administrators restore PostgreSQL databases periodically








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