Enable PostgreSQL HStore by default

2014-01-28 ·

In PostgreSQL create database (or createdb on cli) by default copies the standard system database named template1 into the newly created database. You can adjust this template database with frequently used extensions e.g. HStore to avoid the manual process of adding them with create extension for each new database.

Let's add hstore extension to template1 database.

psql -d template1 -c 'create extension hstore;'

Then, create a new database.

createdb foo

Finally, check which extensions are installed for that database.

psql foo -c '\dx'
                           List of installed extensions
  Name   | Version |   Schema   |                   Description
---------+---------+------------+-----------------------------------------------
 hstore  | 1.2     | public     | data type for storing sets of (key, value) pai
 plpgsql | 1.0     | pg_catalog | PL/pgSQL procedural language
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