Retrieve primary key columns

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Retrieve primary key columns

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This returns the names and data types of all columns of the primary key for the tablename table:

SELECT a.attname, format_type(a.atttypid, a.atttypmod) AS data_type
FROM   pg_index i
JOIN   pg_attribute a ON a.attrelid = i.indrelid
                     AND a.attnum = ANY(i.indkey)
WHERE  i.indrelid = 'tablename'::regclass
AND    i.indisprimary;


  • To see all indexed columns, remove the indisprimary restriction.
  • The table name defaults to the first match in the current search_path unless qualified with a schema explicitly: 'public.tablename'::regclass
  • The table name must be double-quoted for otherwise illegal names (upper-case letters, reserved words etc.): '"oDD table name"'::regclass
  • Use quote_ident() to double-quote as needed automatically, works for column names in the result as well: quote_ident(a.attname)
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