How can I tell how many queries per second my Postgres database is executing?


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Use this query to read total number of transactions executed in all databases:

SELECT sum(xact_commit+xact_rollback) FROM pg_stat_database;

If you want the same counter for just one database, use:

SELECT xact_commit+xact_rollback FROM pg_stat_database WHERE datname = 'mydb';

To calculate TPS (transactions per second), run the query several times and calculate difference over time interval.

There are ready made tools for that, one of them is http://bucardo.org/wiki/Check_postgres

More info: http://www.postgresql.org/docs/9.2/static/monitoring-stats.html#PG-STAT-DATABASE-VIEW

Update: Konrad corrected my misunderstanding of his question. The goal was to count queries, not transactions.

How to count queries?

Method 1

Use pg_stat_statements contrib.

Method 2

Enable full logging of queries for a representative period of time.

To enable full logging, for PostgreSQL 9.0 - 9.3, change following settings in postgresql.conf

logging_collector = on
log_line_prefix = '%t '
log_rotation_size = 1GB
log_statement = all

If you want to see also query duration, you can set log_min_duration_statement = 0 instead of log_statement = all. This is very useful for query tuning.

Then reload config (restart or HUP) and collect enough log to estimate traffic.

Note: neither method will include queries embedded in user-defined functions.

  • I know how to calculate transactions per second. The question is about queries per second specifically. One transaction can have 0 or more queries. Mar 7, 2013 at 17:25
  • @KonradGarus How do you have a transaction with 0 queries?
    – Vérace
    Jul 20, 2020 at 9:08
  • fencepost error? begin;rollback; is how many?
    – Jasen
    Dec 7, 2020 at 2:57

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