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I have been given the task of working with PostgreSQL 9.1. I have previously worked with Microsoft SQL, and had used the SQL Management Studio. I had used Oracle's SQL developer as well as TOAD when I had to deal with Oracle.

When Compared to such tools, the pgAdmin seems rather limited. I have checked the list at http://wiki.postgresql.org/wiki/Community_Guide_to_PostgreSQL_GUI_Tools#Lightning_Admin_for_PostgreSQL but many of links I checked were dead.

I would like something which gives me the following features:

  • Import and Export of data into various formats like .xls/.xlsx, .csv etc
  • Ability to see the data in the tables without having to click so much. (for example, in Oracle's SQL developer, once I sign in, I can see the data in my tables in 3 clicks; In pgAdmin, I have to navigate through the hierarchy, to reach my table, and then rightclick to get the 'View Top 100 Rows option')
  • Append data from an external source (.xls/.csv) to an existing Table.
  • Intelisence/ Code Completion while writing SQL commands.
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@a_horse_with_no_name I have updated my question. –  Devdatta Tengshe Nov 16 '12 at 10:09
    
Did you check SQL Workbench/J (it's in the Wiki list). It fullfills those requirements (it can't import XLS though). –  a_horse_with_no_name Nov 16 '12 at 10:13
    
I use EMS SQL Manager. I could do everything with it I wanted so far minus pgagent job handling. It has its own glitches, but so far I haven't found a replacement. –  dezso Nov 16 '12 at 10:13
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I use console and it's best tool for PostgreSQL. You learn your database schema, SQL, imports, BASH scripts everyday so you are better everyday :). You have also SQL code completion there using tab. All graphical tools are too slow for me. –  sufleR Nov 16 '12 at 11:03
    
@sufleR While mostly you're right, a graphical DB browser can be the difference between success and failure. There is no chance for example that I always remember all the few thousand objects in my database, but running through them I can find them easily. YMMV, however... –  dezso Nov 16 '12 at 11:12
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I use SQL Manager For Postgres by www.sqlmanager.net. Although there is no code completion, there is a free (lite) version you can try (and use) for free.

I reccomend it

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There is code completion. What's more, you can set whether you want it for every keyword and object or (say) you don't want it for functions. –  dezso Nov 28 '12 at 10:30
    
Can you link to the free lite version? All I could find was the trial version. –  Devdatta Tengshe Nov 28 '12 at 10:34
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On the donwload page there is a link for Lite version: sqlmanager.net/en/products/postgresql/manager/download It's named: "EMS SQL Manager for PostgreSQL Freeware". As for code completion, I didn't use it, and honestly didn't even search for it. But if it's there - great ;) –  Miloš Nov 28 '12 at 10:36
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