I want to know what are the privileges a given schema or user has in Postgres. Like whether it can create a table, view, function, sequences or not.

I found one query but it showed privileges on table only. Please suggest any appropriate query.

  • this answer may help you if you use psql.
    – Sahap Asci
    Jul 12, 2020 at 13:24
  • That was useful for knowing previleges on table by a user . But how to know whether a user have permission to create a sequence, views and function ? One obvious way is to try creating them and check . But I don't have write permission to do that .
    – user236778
    Jul 13, 2020 at 5:51

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In PostgreSQL, the right to create tables, views, functions, operators, data types and the like is not properties of the user (or “role” in PostgreSQL).

You manage this with privileges on schemas: if there is a schema where the user has the CREATE privilege, the user can create any object he or she wishes in that schema. If you want to keep a PostgreSQL user from creating objects, you don't give them CREATE on any schema. Since the public schema by default gives CREATE to everybody, you'd have to


which is a good idea anyway for security reasons.

There are only few privileges that are tied to the user, because they pertain to global objects or no objects at all:

  • CREATEDB: the right to run CREATE DATABASE
  • CREATEROLES: the right to run CREATE ROLE
  • REPLICATION: the right to establish a replication connection; that is for example needed for pg_basebackup
  • "* is not attached to the user*" - hmm, as you grant the create privilege on a schema to a user (or role), I would say it is (somehow) "tied" to a user (the grantee).
    – user1822
    Jul 13, 2020 at 7:00
  • @a_horse_with_no_name I was thinking literally: the privileges are ACL settings on objects, not properties of the user. I'll try to pick a better way to say it. Jul 13, 2020 at 7:12
  • Yes , you guessed it correctly, I am a oracle user but now learning postgres as well . We are migrating the data from oracle to postgres . So faced some issue with grants after migrating oracle data to postgres . So, do we have any query or psql command for knowing that whether a user has rights to create a sequence or not ? Or in postgres there is no such grants for sequence exist .
    – user236778
    Jul 13, 2020 at 12:12
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    That would be \dn+ in psql. Then you see which of the schemas the user has the CREATE permission on. Jul 13, 2020 at 12:31

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