postgresql-simple- Mid-Level PostgreSQL client library

MaintainerLeon P Smith <>
Safe HaskellNone



Internal bits. This interface is less stable and can change at any time. In particular this means that while the rest of the postgresql-simple package endeavors to follow the package versioning policy, this module does not. Also, at the moment there are things in here that aren't particularly internal and are exported elsewhere; these will eventually disappear from this module.



data Field Source

A Field represents metadata about a particular field

You don't particularly want to retain these structures for a long period of time, as they will retain the entire query result, not just the field metadata




result :: !Result
column :: !Column
typeOid :: !Oid

This returns the type oid associated with the column. Analogous to libpq's PQftype.

data QueryError Source

Exception thrown if query is used to perform an INSERT-like operation, or execute is used to perform a SELECT-like operation.




qeMessage :: String
qeQuery :: Query

defaultConnectInfo :: ConnectInfoSource

Default information for setting up a connection.

Defaults are as follows:

  • Server on localhost
  • Port on 5432
  • User postgres
  • No password
  • Database postgres

Use as in the following example:

 connect defaultConnectInfo { connectHost = "" }

connect :: ConnectInfo -> IO ConnectionSource

Connect with the given username to the given database. Will throw an exception if it cannot connect.

connectPostgreSQL :: ByteString -> IO ConnectionSource

Attempt to make a connection based on a libpq connection string. See for more information. Here is an example with some of the most commonly used parameters:

 host='' port=5432 ...

This attempts to connect to Omitting the port will normally default to 5432.

On systems that provide unix domain sockets, omitting the host parameter will cause libpq to attempt to connect via unix domain sockets. The default path to the socket is constructed from the port number and the DEFAULT_PGSOCKET_DIR constant defined in the pg_config_manual.h header file. Connecting via unix sockets tends to use the peer authentication method, which is very secure and does not require a password.

On Windows and other systems without unix domain sockets, omitting the host will default to localhost.

 ... dbname='postgres' user='postgres' password='secret \' \\ pw'

This attempts to connect to database named postgres with user postgres and password secret ' \ pw. Backslash characters will have to be double-quoted in literal Haskell strings, of course. Omitting dbname and user will both default to the system username that the client process is running as.

Omitting password will default to an appropriate password found in the pgpass file, or no password at all if a matching line is not found. See for more information regarding this file.

As all parameters are optional and the defaults are sensible, the empty connection string can be useful for development and exploratory use, assuming your system is set up appropriately.

On Unix, such a setup would typically consist of a local postgresql server listening on port 5432, as well as a system user, database user, and database sharing a common name, with permissions granted to the user on the database.

On Windows, in addition you will either need pg_hba.conf to specify the use the trust authentication method for the the connection, which may not be appropriate for multiuser or production machines, or you will need to use a pgpass file with the password or md5 authentication methods.

See for more information regarding the authentication process.

postgreSQLConnectionString :: ConnectInfo -> ByteStringSource

Turns a ConnectInfo data structure into a libpq connection string.

execute_ :: Connection -> Query -> IO Int64Source

A version of execute that does not perform query substitution.

withConnection :: Connection -> (Connection -> IO a) -> IO aSource

Atomically perform an action with the database handle, if there is one.

data Row Source




row :: !Row
rowresult :: !Result