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I have a big database that I need to extract all primary keys and foreign keys from each table.

I have pgAdmin III.

Is there a way to do this automatically and not go over each table manually?

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Check the system table pg_constraint –  Frank Heikens Mar 19 '13 at 8:56

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You can use the function pg_get_constraintdef(constraint_oid) in a query like the following:

SELECT conrelid::regclass AS table_from
      ,conname
      ,pg_get_constraintdef(c.oid)
FROM   pg_constraint c
JOIN   pg_namespace n ON n.oid = c.connamespace
WHERE  contype IN ('f', 'p ')
AND    n.nspname = 'public' -- your schema here
ORDER  BY conrelid::regclass::text, contype DESC;

Result:

 table_from | conname    | pg_get_constraintdef
------------+------------+----------------------
 tbl        | tbl_pkey   | PRIMARY KEY (tbl_id)
 tbl        | tbl_col_fk | FOREIGN KEY (col) REFERENCES tbl2(col) ON UPDATE CASCADE
...
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