Postgres Database Manager for Go web apps
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Postgres Manager (pgmgr)

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Utility for web applications to manage their Postgres database in a reliable, consistent manner. Inspired by [mattes/migrate] (, but with several benefits:

  • Migration version numbers are timestamp-based, not sequential. This saves significant headaches when multiple developers are working on the same application in parallel. However, pgmgr is still compatible with your old migrations.
  • pgmgr can generate database dumps, with seed data included, so that there's a single, authoritative source of your database structure. It's recommended you regularly check this file into source control.

Getting Started

First, create a .pgmgr.json file in your app, as described below. Then, generate your first migration:

$ pgmgr migration MyFirstMigration

Created migrations/1433277961_MyFirstMigration.up.sql
Created migrations/1433277961_MyFirstMigration.down.sql

Flesh it out:

$ echo 'CREATE TABLE foos (foo_id INTEGER)' > 1433277961_MyFirstMigration.up.sql

Bootstrap your database:

$ pgmgr db create
Database pgmgr-test-app created successfully.

And apply your migration:

$ pgmgr db migrate
== Applying 1433277961_MyFirstMigration.up.sql ==
== Completed in 8 ms ==


pgmgr supports file-based configuration (useful for checking into your source code) and environment-based configuration, which always overrides the former (useful for production deploys, Docker usage, etc).


By default, pgmgr will look for a file named .pgmgr.json in your working directory. You can override the file path with the environment variable PGMGR_CONFIG_FILE. It should look something like:

  "host": "localhost",
  "port": 5432,
  "username": "test",
  "password": "test",
  "database": "testdb",
  "sslmode": "disable",
  "migration-table": "public.schema_migrations",
  "migration-folder": "db/migrate",
  "dump-file": "db/dump.sql",
  "column-type": "integer",
  "format": "unix",
  "seed-tables": [ "foos", "bars" ]

The column-type option can be integer or string, and determines the type of the schema_migrations.version column. The string column type will store versions as CHARACTER VARYING (255).

The format option can be unix or datetime. The unix format is the integer epoch time; the datetime uses versions similar to ActiveRecord, such as 20150910120933. In order to use the datetime format, you must also use the string column type.

The migration-table option can be used to specify an alternate table name in which to track migration status. It defaults to the schema un-qualified schema_migrations, which will typically create a table in the public schema unless the database's default search path has been modified. If you use a schema qualified name, pgmgr will attempt to create the schema first if it does not yet exist.

Environment variables

The values above map to these environment variables:

  • PGMGR_DUMP_FILE (the filepath to dump the database definition out to)
  • PGMGR_SEED_TABLES (tables to include data with when dumping the database)

If you prefer to use a connection string, you can set PGMGR_URL which will supersede the other configuration settings, e.g.:


Also, for host, port, username, password, and database, if you haven't set a value via the config file, CLI arguments, or environment variables, pgmgr will look at the standard Postgres env vars (PGHOST, PGUSERNAME, etc).


pgmgr migration MigrationName   # generates files for a new migration
pgmgr db create                 # creates the database if it doesn't exist
pgmgr db drop                   # drop the database
pgmgr db migrate                # apply un-applied migrations
pgmgr db rollback               # reverts the latest migration, if possible.
pgmgr db load                   # loads the schema dump file from PGMGR_DUMP_FILE
pgmgr db dump                   # dumps the database structure & seeds to PGMGR_DUMP_FILE