Schemas logically organize objects and data in a database. Schemas allow you to have more than one object (such as tables) with the same name in the database without conflict if the objects are in different schemas.
Parent topic: Defining Database Objects
Every database has a default schema named public. If you do not create any schemas, objects are created in the public schema. All database roles (users) have
USAGE privileges in the public schema. When you create a schema, you grant privileges to your users to allow access to the schema.
CREATE SCHEMA command to create a new schema. For example:
=> CREATE SCHEMA myschema;
To create or access objects in a schema, write a qualified name consisting of the schema name and table name separated by a period. For example:
See Schema Search Paths for information about accessing a schema.
You can create a schema owned by someone else, for example, to restrict the activities of your users to well-defined namespaces. The syntax is:
=> CREATE SCHEMA `schemaname` AUTHORIZATION `username`;
To specify an object's location in a database, use the schema-qualified name. For example:
=> SELECT * FROM myschema.mytable;
You can set the
search_path configuration parameter to specify the order in which to search the available schemas for objects. The schema listed first in the search path becomes the default schema. If a schema is not specified, objects are created in the default schema.
search_path configuration parameter sets the schema search order. The
ALTER DATABASE command sets the search path. For example:
=> ALTER DATABASE mydatabase SET search_path TO myschema, public, pg_catalog;
You can also set
search_path for a particular role (user) using the
ALTER ROLE command. For example:
=> ALTER ROLE sally SET search_path TO myschema, public, pg_catalog;
current_schema() function to view the current schema. For example:
=> SELECT current_schema();
SHOW command to view the current search path. For example:
=> SHOW search_path;
DROP SCHEMA command to drop (delete) a schema. For example:
=> DROP SCHEMA myschema;
By default, the schema must be empty before you can drop it. To drop a schema and all of its objects (tables, data, functions, and so on) use:
=> DROP SCHEMA myschema CASCADE;
The following system-level schemas exist in every database:
pg_catalogcontains the system catalog tables, built-in data types, functions, and operators. It is always part of the schema search path, even if it is not explicitly named in the search path.
information_schemaconsists of a standardized set of views that contain information about the objects in the database. These views get system information from the system catalog tables in a standardized way.
pg_toaststores large objects such as records that exceed the page size. This schema is used internally by the Greenplum Database system.
pg_bitmapindexstores bitmap index objects such as lists of values. This schema is used internally by the Greenplum Database system.
pg_aosegstores append-optimized table objects. This schema is used internally by the Greenplum Database system.
gp_toolkitis an administrative schema that contains external tables, views, and functions that you can access with SQL commands. All database users can access
gp_toolkitto view and query the system log files and other system metrics.