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PostgreSQL Features

  • PostgreSQL runs on all major operating systems i.e. Linux, UNIX (AIX, BSD, HP-UX, SGI IRIX, Mac OS X, Solaris, Tru64), and Windows etc.
  • PostgreSQL supports text, images, sounds, and video, and includes programming interfaces for C / C++, Java, Perl, Python, Ruby, Tcl and Open Database Connectivity (ODBC).
  • PostgreSQL supports a lot of features of SQL like Complex SQL queries, SQL Sub-selects, Foreign keys, Trigger, Views, Transactions, Multiversion concurrency control (MVCC), Streaming Replication (as of 9.0), Hot Standby (as of 9.0).
  • In PostgreSQL, table can be set to inherit their characteristics from a "parent" table.
  • You can install several extensions to add additional functionality to PostgreSQL.

PostgreSQL Tools

There are several open sources as well as Paid tools are available as front-end to PostgreSQL. Here are a few of them which are widely used :


It is a command line tool and the primary tool to manage PostgreSQL. pgAdmin

It is a free and open source graphical user interface administration tool for PostgreSQL.


It is a web-based administration tool for PostgreSQL written in PHP. It is based on phpMyAdmin tool to manage Base

It can be used as a front end tool to PostgreSQL.


It is a log analyzer which creates reports from PostgreSQL log files. Proprietary tools

Lightning Admin for PostgreSQL, Borland Kylix, DBOne, DBTools Manager PgManager, Rekall, Data Architect, SyBase Power Designer, Microsoft Access, eRWin, DeZign for Databases, PGExplorer, Case Studio 2, pgEdit, RazorSQL, MicroOLAP Database Designer, Aqua Data Studio, Tuples, EMS Database Management Tools for PostgreSQL, Navicat, SQL Maestro Group products for PostgreSQL, Datanamic DataDiff for PostgreSQL, Datanamic SchemaDiff for PostgreSQL, DB MultiRun PostgreSQL Edition, SQLPro, SQL Image Viewer, SQL Data Sets etc.

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