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Copying Postgres Output into a Spreadsheet

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Copying Postgres Output into a Spreadsheet

I often need to grab information from a Postgres database and paste it into a spreadsheet for sharing with others

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I often need to grab information from a Postgres database and paste it into a spreadsheet for sharing with others. Google Sheets needs the pasted data to be tab-separated in order to be correctly split into columns. This isn't the default behaviour for psql but here's how to configure psql's output to get it.

At a psql prompt, switch to unaligned output:

=> \a

and set the field separator to a tab character:

=> \f '\t'

then the output from subsequent SELECT ... statements can be cleanly pastedinto your Google Doc.

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Topics:
database ,sql ,postgres

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