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How to create and delete a PostgreSQL database on the command line

This can be accomplished by using the dropdb and createdb command line wrappers

The syntax to create a new database on the command line is createdb [ options ] dbname



createdb -O user  new_database - E UTF8

This will create a new database called new_database and assign the user user to it and use the encoding UTF8


To drop a database on the command line the syntax dropdb [ options ] dbname is used.



dropdb new_database

Last Updated On April 07, 2018

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