PostgreSQL :- Datatypes


Datatypes is one of key building blocks of a database system.

Common Ones

Here are the some of the common ones in PostgreSQL.

  1. Bool
    • Values
      • true
      • false
  2. Character
    • pg_catalog::name
      • Internal Type for Object Names
      • 64 bytes Character
    • information_schema::sql_identifier
      • ANSI Compatible
    • Char
      • Fixed Length
    • Varchar
      • Variable Length
    • text
      • Variable Length unlimited in size
  3. Datetime
    • Date
    • Time
    • timestamp
    • timestamptz
  4. uuid
    • Unique Identifier
  5. Money
  6. JSON
    • jsonb
  7. XML
  8. Defined Objects such as Tables




                as oid

          , tblPT.typname
                as "type"

        --, tblPT.typnamespace as typeNS
          , tblNS.nspname
                as "namespace"

          , tblPA.rolname
                as "owner"

          , tblPT.typcategory
                as "categoryID"

          , case tblPT.typcategory
                when 'A' then 'Array'
                when 'B' then 'Boolean'
                when 'C' then 'Composite'
                when 'D' then 'Date/time'
                when 'E' then 'Enum'
                when 'G' then 'G'
                when 'I' then 'Network Address'
                when 'N' then 'Numeric'
                when 'P' then 'Pseudo'
                when 'S' then 'String'
                when 'T' then 'Timespan'
                when 'U' then 'User Defined'
                when 'V' then 'Bit String'
                when 'X' then 'Unknown'
                else null
            end as category     

          , tblPT.typlen
                as "length"

          , tblPC.relname
                as "correspondentObject"

          --, tblPT.typelem as "typelem"
          , tblPTA.typname
                as "ancenstor"

from   pg_catalog.pg_type tblPT

left outer join pg_catalog.pg_type tblPTA

    on tblPT.typelem = tblPTA.oid

inner join pg_catalog.pg_namespace tblNS

    on tblPT.typnamespace = tblNS.oid

left outer join pg_catalog.pg_class tblPC

    on tblPT.typrelid = tblPC.oid

left outer join pg_catalog.pg_authid tblPA

    on tblPT.typowner = tblPA.oid

where (
            -- If typarray is not 0 then it identifies another row in pg_type
            -- which is the "true" array type having this type as element
            ( tblPT.typarray != 0 )


-- and ( tblPT.typcategory = 'S')

order by




  1. PostgreSQL
    • Data Types
    • System Catalog

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