I am running postgresql 9.3.4. I have a table with 3 fields:

id   name  addr
---  ----  ----
1    n1    ad1
2    n2    ad2

I need to move the data to a new table with fields like:

id   data
---  ----
1    {'name': 'n1', 'addr': 'ad1'}
2    {'name': 'n2', 'addr': 'ad2'}

row_to_json is not the solution for me as SELECT t.id, row_to_json(t) as data FROM (select id, name, addr from myt) t adds id to the result as well. Is there a way to choose the fields I need (name & addr) in my data field?

  • I am not sure if the answer is correct. I asked it 2 years ago. I also answered my question back then but didn't mark it as correct.
    – AliBZ
    Jan 8, 2017 at 22:59

2 Answers 2


Simplest with the operator jsonb - text → jsonb to remove a single key in Postgres 9.5 or later - after converting the whole row with to_jsonb(). (Cast the result to json if you don't want jsonb.)

SELECT id, to_jsonb(t.*) - 'id' AS data
FROM   myt t;

In Postgres 10 or later, you can also remove a whole array of keys with the operator jsonb - text[] → jsonb.

There is also a better option with json_build_object() in Postgres 9.4 or later:

SELECT id, json_build_object('name', name, 'addr', addr) AS data
FROM   myt;

But there is an even simpler way since Postgres 9.3:

SELECT id, to_json((SELECT d FROM (SELECT name, addr) d)) AS data
FROM   myt;

to_json() is mostly the same as row_to_json().
Find a couple more syntax variants in the fiddle.

db<>fiddle here
Old sqlfiddle (Postgres 9.6)

Related answers:

  • 2
    This is a better answer, and the fiddle has the proof.
    – Nacho B
    Aug 20, 2018 at 15:15

I found the answer from this link:

select * from (
  select id,
      select row_to_json(d)
      from (
        select name, addr
        from myt d
        where d.id=s.id
      ) d
    ) as data
  from myt s
  • Dont' forget to mark your own answer as correct (no points though :-( ). I don't think that you can do this immediately, but it might help someone with a similar question in the future.
    – Vérace
    Feb 2, 2015 at 23:02
  • 4
    Aside from the missing table alias in the outer query, this is also more complex and expensive than necessary. I added another answer with a fiddle to demonstrate. Feb 3, 2015 at 3:31
  • Does this build an object array instead of returning duplicate outer query results? Dec 12, 2021 at 16:51

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