I have a table that has the following columns:

  • debit
  • credit
  • payment_method
  • class

Now I will perform this query:

 select sum(debit - credit), payment_method, class 
 from my_table 
 group by payment_method, class 

And since I have various payment methods and various classes, I will have several rows of the result set.

Now I want to be able to aggregate this result and have the output grouped by class only, for example for a certain class 001 I want to have: payment_method1, sumofpayment_method1, payment_method2, sumofpayment_method2, payment_method3, sumofpayment_method3 in one row.

Is it possible in Postgres 9.1?


The table definition is as follows:-

  • debit numeric(10,2)
  • credit numeric(10,2)
  • payment_method varchar(20)
  • class varchar(25)
  • Will you have exactly three pairs (payment method and sum) for every class? – dezso Jul 23 '13 at 10:15
  • You should provide a full table definition with column data types. – Erwin Brandstetter Jul 23 '13 at 10:33
  • @dezso not really they could be more than three. I used three for illustration purposes only – G. Ngotho Jul 23 '13 at 10:33
  • @ErwinBrandstetter I have edited my question accordingly – G. Ngotho Jul 23 '13 at 10:38

You are looking for the crosstab() function provided by the additional module tablefunc.

Then your function could look like this:

SELECT * FROM crosstab(
   'SELECT class, payment_method, sum(debit - credit) AS saldo
    FROM   tbl
    GROUP  BY 1,2
    ORDER  BY 1,2'

        ('payment_method1'::text), ('sumofpayment_method1')
      , ('payment_method2'), ('sumofpayment_method2')
      , ('payment_method3'), ('sumofpayment_method3')$$
AS ct (class text
     , payment_method1 numeric, sumofpayment_method1 numeric
     , payment_method2 numeric, sumofpayment_method2 numeric
     , payment_method3 numeric, sumofpayment_method3 numeric);

I am using all 6 "types" you mentioned. Well, I see that only half of them are actually intended as type. Either way, substitute your actual types.
More details, links and explanations in this related answer on SO.

  • u have an idea why I get this error:- function crosstab(unknown, unknown) does not exist No function matches the given name and argument types. You might need to add explicit type casts. I have install tablefunc module – G. Ngotho Jul 23 '13 at 11:04
  • @G.Ngotho: Did you install the additional module tablefunc as instructed in the linked answer? And do you have the schema (usually public) in your search_path? (SHOW search_path;) – Erwin Brandstetter Jul 23 '13 at 11:07
  • Well I ran CREATE EXTENSION tablefunc and I got error ERROR: type "tablefunc_crosstab_2" already exists And yes I have the schema public in my search path – G. Ngotho Jul 23 '13 at 11:12
  • @G.Ngotho: Do you have half an installation carried over from an older version of Postgres maybe? Then you'd have to sanitize your installation: Delete all existing tablefunc objects until you can run a complete new installation. Try DROP EXTENSION first. You can also check the list of functions in your public schema to begin with. – Erwin Brandstetter Jul 23 '13 at 11:15

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