I read that only owner can drop table and no other user may be granted to do so.

I created a table with owner postgres and then drop it as another user. What privileges should I revoke to disallow it?

The user has all the privileges granted by default in db properties but I don't see any "create table" or "drop table" privilege.

  • Please show the output from \dt+ droppable_table and \du non_postgres_user, issued from psql.
    – dezso
    Feb 8 '16 at 12:58

Superusers are always exempt from lowly permission checks. The documentation:

superuser status

A database superuser bypasses all permission checks, except the right to log in. This is a dangerous privilege and should not be used carelessly; ...

To see whether your current user is a superuser:


To list all superuser roles:

SELECT rolname FROM pg_roles WHERE rolsuper;

And the schema owner can do it, too. The documentation for DROP TABLE:

Only the table owner, the schema owner, and superuser can drop a table.

To list schema-owners:

SELECT n.nspname AS schema_name, pg_get_userbyid(n.nspowner) AS owner
FROM   pg_namespace n
WHERE  n.nspname NOT LIKE 'pg_%'
AND    n.nspname <> 'information_schema'

About the same as \dn in psql.

And who are you?

SELECT current_user, session_user;
  • Is it possible to disallow schema owner to drop tables?
    – Vlad
    Feb 9 '16 at 14:43
  • 1
    @Vlad: I don't think so. Either make the superuser (postgres) own the schema or use the same owner for schema and table to avoid the split. Feb 9 '16 at 15:05

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