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Foreign Data Wrappers

In 2003, a new specification called SQL/MED ("SQL Management of External Data") was added to the SQL standard. It is a standardized way of handling access to remote objects from SQL databases. In 2011, PostgreSQL 9.1 was released with read-only support of this standard, and in 2013 write support was added with PostgreSQL 9.3.

There are now a variety of Foreign Data Wrappers (FDW) available which enable PostgreSQL Server to different remote data stores, ranging from other SQL databases through to flat file. This page list some of the wrappers currently available. Another fdw list can be found at the PGXN website.

Please keep in mind that most of these wrappers are not officially supported by the PostgreSQL Global Development Group (PGDG) and that some of these projects are still in Beta version. Use carefully!


Generic SQL Database Wrappers

Data Source Type Licence Code Install Doc Notes
ODBC Native github PGXN example Does not compile with PostgreSQL >= 9.2!
ODBC Native github CartoDB took over active development of the ODBC FDW for PG 9.5+
JDBC Native github Not maintained ?
JDBC2 Native github
SQL_Alchemy Multicorn PostgreSQL GitHub PGXN documentation Can be used to access data stored in any database supported by the sqlalchemy python toolkit.
VirtDB Native GPL GitHub A generic FDW to access VirtDB data sources (SAP ERP, Oracle RDBMS)

Specific SQL Database Wrappers

Data Source Type Licence Code Install Doc Notes
PostgreSQL Native PostgreSQL git.postgresql.org documentation
Oracle Native PostgreSQL github PGXN website
MySQL Native github PGXN example An early version of the Foreign Data Wrapper for MySQL that supports PostgreSQL 9.1 and above:
MySQL Native github PGXN example An updated FDW for MySQL that support PostgreSQL 9.3 and above
Informix Native PostgreSQL github
Firebird Native github PGXN currently work-in-progress.
SQLite Native github An FDW for SQLite3 (read-only)
Sybase / MS SQL Server Native github PGXN An FDW for Sybase and Microsoft SQL server
MonetDB Native github

NoSQL Database Wrappers

Data Source Type Licence Code Install Doc Notes
Cassandra Multicorn MIT Github Rankactive
Cassandra2 Native MIT Github
Cassandra Multicorn PostgreSQL Github
CouchDB Native PostgreSQL Github PGXN Original version
CouchDB Native PostgreSQL Github golgauth version (9.1 - 9.2+ compatible)
Kyoto Tycoon Native MIT Github
MongoDB Native GPL3+ Github PGXN README EDB version
MongoDB Multicorn MIT Github
MongoDB Multicorn Github Yet Another Postgres FDW for MongoDB
Neo4j Native ? Github
Quasar Native Apache Github
Redis Native PostgreSQL Github
Redis Native BSD Github
RethinkDB Multicorn MIT Github blog
Riak Multicorn PostgreSQL Github
WhiteDB Native MIT Github

File Wrappers

Data Source Type Licence Code Install Doc Notes
CSV Native PostgreSQL git.postgresql.org documentation Delivered as an official extension of PostgreSQL 9.1 / example / Another example
CSV Multicorn PostgreSQL GitHub PGXN documentation Each column defined in the table will be mapped, in order, against columns in the CSV file.
CSV / Text Array Native GitHub How to Another CSV wrapper
CSV / Fixed-length Native GitHub
CSV / gzipped Multicorn GitHub PostgreSQL Foreign Data Wrapper for gzipped cvs file
Compressed File Native GitHub
Document Collection Native PostgreSQL GitHub wiki
JSON Native GPL3 GitHub Example
Multi-File Multicorn PostgreSQL GitHub PGXN doc Access data stored in various files in a filesystem. The files are looked up based on a pattern, and parts of the file's path are mapped to various columns, as well as the file's content itself.
Multi CDR Native PostgreSQL GitHub PGXN
pg_dump Native New BSD GitHub Allows querying of data directly against Postgres custom format files created by pg_dump
TAR Files Native GitHub
XML Multicorn PostgreSQL GitHub PGXN
ZIP Files Native GitHub

Geo Wrappers

Data Source Type Licence Code Install Doc Notes
GDAL/OGR Native MIT GitHub A wrapper for data sources with a GDAL/OGR driver, including databases like Oracle, Informix, SQLite as well as file formats like Shape, FGDB, MapInfo and more.
Geocode / GeoJSON Multicorn GPL GitHub a collection of PostGIS-related foreign data wrappers
Open Street Map PBF Native PostgreSQL GitHub

LDAP Wrappers

Data Source Type Licence Code Install Doc Notes
LDAP Native GitHub PGXN Allows to query an LDAP server and retrieve data from some pre-configured Organizational Unit
LDAP Multicorn PostgreSQL GitHub PGXN documentation


Generic Web Wrappers

Data Source Type Licence Code Install Doc Notes
Git Multicorn PostgreSQL GitHub PGXN
Git Native MIT GitHub
ICAL Multicorn PostgreSQL GitHub pdf
IMAP Multicorn PostgreSQL GitHub PGXN documentation
RSS Multicorn PostgreSQL GitHub PGXN documentation This fdw can be used to access items from an rss feed.
www Native PostgreSQL GitHub PGXN wiki Allows to query different web services

Specific Web Wrappers

Data Source Type Licence Code Install Doc Notes
Database.com Multicorn BSD GitHub
Dun & Badstreet Multicorn PostgreSQL GitHub Access to the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)
DynamoDB Multicorn GPL GitHub
Facebook Multicorn GitHub
Fixer.io based on www_fdw GitHub
Google Multicorn PostgreSQL GitHub PGXN
Heroku dataclips Native PostgreSQL GitHub
Mailchimp Multicorn PostgreSQL GitHub Beta
Parse Multicorn MIT GitHub
S3 Native PostgreSQL GitHub PGXN
S3CSV Multicorn GPL 3 GitHub This is meant to replace s3_fdw that does is not supported on PostgreSQL version 9.2+
Twitter Native PostgreSQL GitHub PGXN A wrapper fetching text messages from Twitter over the Internet and returning a table
Treasure Data Multicorn Apache GitHub
Google Spreadsheets Multicorn MIT GitHub

Big Data Wrappers

Data Source Type Licence Code Install Doc Notes
Elastic Search Multicorn PostgreSQL github
file_fdw-gds (Hadoop) Native GitHub Hadoop file_fdw is a slightly modified version of PostgreSQL 9.3's file_fdw module.
Hadoop Native PostgreSQL Bitbucket Allows read and write access to HBase as well as to HDFS via Hive.
HDFS Native Apache GitHub
Hive Multicorn GitHub Used to access Apache Hive tables.
Hive / ORC File Native GitHub
Impala Native BSD GitHub

Column-Oriented Wrappers

Data Source Type Licence Code Install Doc Notes
Columnar Store Native github example A Columnar Store for PostgreSQL.
MonetDB Native github

Scientific Wrappers

Data Source Type Licence Code Install Doc Notes
Ambry Multicorn GitHub
ROOT files Native GitHub https://root.cern.ch
VCF files (Genotype) Multicorn GitHub https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variant_Call_Format

Operating System Wrappers

Data Source Type Licence Code Install Doc Notes
Docker Multicorn Expat GitHub
Log files Multicorn PostgreSQL GitHub
OpenStack / Telemetry Multicorn PostgreSQL GitHub
OS Query Multicorn PostgreSQL GitHub Like Facebook's OSQuery, but for Postgres
Passwd Native PostgreSQL GitHub reads linux/unix password and group files.
Process Multicorn PostgreSQL GitHub A foreign datawrapper for querying system stats based on statgrab

Exotic Wrappers

Data Source Type Licence Code Install Doc Notes
fdw_fdw Multicorn PostgreSQL GitHub the Meta FDW ! reads this page and returns the list of all the FDW
PGStrom Native GPL 2 GitHub wiki uses GPU devices to accelarate sequential scan on massive amount of records with complex qualifiers.
PPG Native GitHub distributed parallel query engine, based on fdw and hooks of PG
Open Civic Data Multicorn Expat GitHub
Phillips Hue Lighting Systems Multicorn MIT GitHub
Random Number Multicorn PostgreSQL GitHub A random number generator foreign data wrapper for postgres
Rotfang Multicorn Native BitBucket PostgreSQL slides Advanced random number generator
Template Tables Native BSD GitHub PostgreSQL data wrapper for template tables - any DML and SELECT operations are disallowed

Example Wrappers

Data Source Type Licence Code Install Doc Notes
Dummy Native BSD GitHub Readable null FDW for testing
Hello World GitHub
Black Hole bitbucket a skeleton FDW pre-populated with relevant excerpts from the documentation


Writing Foreign Database Wrappers

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