I have multiple users in Postgres. I would like to set up different statement timeouts for different users.
Eg: Guest 5 minutes and Admin 10 minutes.

Is it possible in Postgres 11.11?

2 Answers 2


Yes, Postgres allows settings per user or even per database and user, including statement_timeout:

ALTER ROLE foo SET statement_timeout = 12345;  -- milliseconds


To see the currently active setting for the session:

SHOW statement_timeout;

Or get more details from the view pg_settings (including how it was set):

FROM   pg_settings
WHERE  name = 'statement_timeout';

To check current settings for a role:

SELECT rolname, rolconfig
FROM   pg_roles
WHERE  rolname = 'foo';

rolconfig is an array, unnest it to get one setting per row:

SELECT rolname, unnest(rolconfig) AS setting
FROM   pg_roles
WHERE  rolname = 'foo';
  • This does not prevent the user from changing the statement_timeout back though, which makes it kinda useless for anything security related
    – phiresky
    May 31, 2022 at 17:30
  • Is this also working for AWS RDS Postgresql? Feb 21, 2023 at 17:28
  • @phiresky I think it does. superuser can set statement_timeout for other user. other user can change it, but it won't make effect. the statement_timeout will set as per superuser.
    – jian
    Apr 4, 2023 at 3:22

Found that we can set the timeout on Role.

ALTER ROLE guest SET statement_timeout='5min';
ALTER ROLE admin SET statement_timeout='10min';
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    Use min or ms, because m was deprecated. Jan 17, 2022 at 15:53
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    Tested: alter role xxx set idle_in_transaction_session_timeout = '90m'; ERROR: invalid value for parameter "idle_in_transaction_session_timeout": "90m" HINT: Valid units for this parameter are "us", "ms", "s", "min", "h", and "d". Jan 17, 2022 at 15:54

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