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Welcome to our comprehensive PostgreSQL tutorial, where we delve into the world of the PostgreSQL database management system and guide you through the process of mastering its advanced features and capabilities. PostgreSQL, often referred to as Postgres, is a powerful open-source relational database known for its robustness, extensibility, and SQL compliance, making it an excellent choice for managing data-intensive applications.

What You’ll Learn

In this tutorial, we cover the following key aspects of PostgreSQL:

Introduction to Relational Databases: Gain a solid understanding of relational databases and their significance in modern applications. Learn about the core concepts of tables, rows, columns, and relationships, and how they form the foundation of a relational data model.

Installing and Configuring PostgreSQL: Follow step-by-step instructions to install PostgreSQL on your system or server. Learn how to configure PostgreSQL to optimize performance, ensure security, and enable advanced features. Understand the available tools for database administration and development.

Creating and Managing Databases and Tables: Learn how to create databases and tables in PostgreSQL. Understand how to define table schemas, including column definitions, constraints, and indexes. Discover techniques for modifying and managing existing tables.

SQL Fundamentals: Dive into Structured Query Language (SQL), the standard language for interacting with relational databases. Learn SQL syntax and understand how to write SQL statements to perform essential database operations, such as selecting, inserting, updating, and deleting data.

Advanced SQL Features: Explore advanced SQL features and capabilities provided by PostgreSQL. Learn about window functions, common table expressions (CTEs), and recursive queries. Understand how to leverage these powerful SQL features to perform complex data manipulations and analysis.

Query Optimization: Discover techniques for optimizing SQL queries in PostgreSQL. Learn about query planning, indexing, and analyzing query performance using the PostgreSQL query planner and execution statistics. Understand how to use EXPLAIN and EXPLAIN ANALYZE to identify and resolve performance bottlenecks.

Data Types and Advanced Features: Explore the rich set of data types and advanced features offered by PostgreSQL. Learn about JSON and JSONB data types for storing and querying JSON documents. Discover PostgreSQL’s support for spatial data and geometric types. Understand how to leverage advanced indexing techniques, such as full-text search and fuzzy string matching.

PostgreSQL Extensions: Learn about PostgreSQL extensions, which provide additional functionality beyond the core database system. Explore popular extensions like PostGIS for spatial data, pgAdmin for administration and development, and pgRouting for routing and network analysis. Understand how to install, configure, and use extensions in PostgreSQL.

Database Administration: Learn about essential database administration tasks in PostgreSQL. Understand how to manage user accounts and access privileges, secure the database server, and perform routine maintenance activities like backups and restores. Explore tools and techniques for monitoring and troubleshooting PostgreSQL.

PostgreSQL Replication and High Availability: Discover techniques for achieving high availability and scalability in PostgreSQL. Learn about replication options, including physical and logical replication. Understand how to set up streaming replication and handle failover scenarios for data redundancy and fault tolerance.

Throughout this tutorial, we provide practical examples, SQL queries, and tips to help you become proficient in PostgreSQL. We aim to empower you with the knowledge and skills to effectively design, create, and manage databases using PostgreSQL.

By the end of this tutorial, you will have a comprehensive understanding of PostgreSQL, enabling you to confidently leverage its advanced features to build robust and scalable database solutions for your applications.


Chapter 1 : Getting started with PostgreSQL

In this section you will start by installing PostgreSQL on your system. You will also install some basic tools that will help us work with databases.

Chapter 2 : Querying and Filtering Data

In this section you will learn how to query and filter data using SQL statements. You will see how to write queries to get information from tables and views. You will also learn how to create a view that can be used as an alternative to a table.

Chapter 3 : Joining Multiple Tables and Grouping Data

In this section you will look at joining multiple tables together. We will also look at grouping data based on columns from different tables.

Chapter 4 : Set Operation, Grouping Sets, Cube and Rollup

In this section you will look into set operations, groupings sets, cube and rollup. These concepts are very important to understand if you want to build efficient database applications.

Chapter 5 : Subquery and Common Table Expression

In this section you look at subqueries and common table expressions. A subquery is a part of a larger query that returns only one row or column. A common table expression (CTE) is similar to a subquery but it allows us to perform more complex calculations.

Chapter 6 : Modifying Data and Transaction

In this section you learn how to modify data and transactions. This includes creating new rows, updating existing rows, deleting rows and locking rows so they cannot be modified while you are working with them.

Chapter 7 : Import and Export data

In this section you learn how import and export data. You will learn how to copy data between tables. You will also learn about loading data from files and importing data from external sources such as web services.

Chapter 8 : Managing Tables

In this section you will look at managing tables. You will learn how many tables exist in a database, how to drop tables, rename tables and add indexes to tables.

Chapter 9 : Understanding PostgreSQL Constraint

In this section you explore constraints. You will learn what constraints are, how to define them and how to check whether a constraint exists.

Chapter 10 : PostgreSQL Data Types in Detail

In this section you look at all the data types available in PostgreSQL. We look at the most commonly used data types and their characteristics. We also look at the differences between character string and text data types.

Chapter 11 : Conditional Expressions and Operators

In this section we look at conditional expressions and operators. We look at the various conditions that can be specified in these expressions. We also look at how to use logical operators like AND, OR and NOT.

Chapter 12 : PostgreSQL Utilities and PostgreSQL Recipes

In this section you learn how PostgreSQL utilities can be used to make our life easier when working with databases. We look at how to use pg_dump to backup and restore databases.


Embark on your journey to master PostgreSQL and unlock the full potential of the advanced open-source database management system. Let’s get started and dive into the world of PostgreSQL!




12 hrs 43min

Updated: 3/12/2022

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