I'm looking for an option to create an alias command for a psql console connection which allowed setting the search_path, but I am not finding any option on psql util, nor the option to execute a command without exiting. any idea?

I would like to avoid preconditions as setting environment options and have a oneliner if possible

  • I would like to know if its possible invoke psql "login" with the default schema set in the very same line. I dont want to return to shell
    – Whimusical
    Apr 25 '17 at 20:17

You can specify a PGOPTIONS-style connstring as an argument to psql instead of using the -d/-h/-U/-p/etc options. For your example:

psql 'host=myHost user=myUser dbname=myDb port=myPort options=--search_path=myschema'

or, if you prefer the URI style,

psql 'postgresql://myUser@myHost:myPort/myDb?options=--search_path%3dmyschema'

See the "Connection strings" section of the manual for details.

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    This is the best answer I see on this question. Thanks!
    – jtcloud
    Oct 1 '20 at 14:23
  • Totally agree with @jtcloud. Although the OP answer is also good, this one does not require bash or any other script language, and can be done directly within psql, which helped me a lot. Many thanks! Mar 22 at 18:46

I finally found it, its not a psql option, but it fits a oneliner: PGOPTIONS=--search_path=myschema psql -h myHost -U myUser -dmyDb -p myPort.

If anybody improves it with a working version call for both unix and windows ill approve


You could use the .psqlrc file, which is run at psql startup:

$ echo 'set search_path to foo,bar' >> ~/.psqlrc
$ psql ...
  • Is it possible in one line? If not ill approve this one! Thanksss
    – Whimusical
    Apr 24 '17 at 19:29
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    @Whimusical you'd only need to do the .psqlrc thing one time Apr 24 '17 at 20:31

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