How to send the output of a PostgreSQL query to a CSV file using the CLI (Command Line Interface)

  • Log into the PostgreSQL interface on the command line, you should see a similar screen like the one below
    Welcome to psql 8.1.21, the PostgreSQL interactive terminal.
    Type:  \copyright for distribution terms
           \h for help with SQL commands
           \? for help with psql commands
           \g or terminate with semicolon to execute query
           \q to quit
  • Type the following command
    \o /tmp/output.csv
    • Make sure the Postgres user has write privileges to the directory specified
    • /tmp/output.csv is the directory and the csv file name
    • \o = Put all query output into file output.csv
  • Run your sql query eg.
    SELECT * FROM users;
  • Type \q to quit the PostgresSQL interface
  • Browse to the /tmp/ directory
  • Open the output.csv file and all the data from the users table will be within this CSV file, and the columns will be comma seperated.

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