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A native PostgreSQL driver for Rust.

Documentation is available at

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You can integrate Rust-Postgres into your project through the releases on

# Cargo.toml
postgres = "0.8"


Rust-Postgres is a pure-Rust frontend for the popular PostgreSQL database. It exposes a high level interface in the vein of JDBC or Go's database/sql package.

extern crate postgres;

use postgres::{Connection, SslMode};

struct Person {
    id: i32,
    name: String,
    data: Option<Vec<u8>>

fn main() {
    let conn = Connection::connect("postgres://postgres@localhost", &SslMode::None)

    conn.execute("CREATE TABLE person (
                    id              SERIAL PRIMARY KEY,
                    name            VARCHAR NOT NULL,
                    data            BYTEA
                  )", &[]).unwrap();
    let me = Person {
        id: 0,
        name: "Steven".to_string(),
        data: None
    conn.execute("INSERT INTO person (name, data) VALUES ($1, $2)",
                 &[&, &]).unwrap();

    let stmt = conn.prepare("SELECT id, name, data FROM person").unwrap();
    for row in stmt.query(&[]).unwrap() {
        let person = Person {
            id: row.get(0),
            name: row.get(1),
            data: row.get(2)
        println!("Found person {}",;


  • Rust - Rust-Postgres is developed against the nightly releases on

  • PostgreSQL 7.4 or later - Rust-Postgres speaks version 3 of the PostgreSQL protocol, which corresponds to versions 7.4 and later. If your version of Postgres was compiled in the last decade, you should be okay.



Connect to a Postgres server using the standard URI format:

let conn = try!(Connection::connect("postgres://user:pass@host:port/database?arg1=val1&arg2=val2",

pass may be omitted if not needed. port defaults to 5432 and database defaults to the value of user if not specified. The driver supports trust, password, and md5 authentication.

Unix domain sockets can be used as well by activating the unix_socket feature. The host portion of the URI should be set to the absolute path to the directory containing the socket file. Since / is a reserved character in URLs, the path should be URL encoded.

let conn = try!(Connection::connect("postgres://postgres@%2Frun%2Fpostgres", &SslMode::None));

Paths which contain non-UTF8 characters can be handled in a different manner; see the documentation for details.

Statement Preparation

Prepared statements can have parameters, represented as $n where n is an index into the parameter array starting from 1:

let stmt = try!(conn.prepare("SELECT * FROM foo WHERE bar = $1 AND baz = $2"));


A prepared statement can be executed with the query and execute methods. Both methods take an array of parameters to bind to the query represented as &ToSql trait objects. execute returns the number of rows affected by the query (or 0 if not applicable):

let stmt = try!(conn.prepare("UPDATE foo SET bar = $1 WHERE baz = $2"));
let updates = try!(stmt.execute(&[&1i32, &"biz"]));
println!("{} rows were updated", updates);

query returns an iterator over the rows returned from the database. The fields in a row can be accessed either by their indices or their column names, though access by index is more efficient. Unlike statement parameters, result columns are zero-indexed.

let stmt = try!(conn.prepare("SELECT bar, baz FROM foo"));
for row in try!(stmt.query(&[])) {
    let bar: i32 = row.get(0);
    let baz: String = row.get("baz");
    println!("bar: {}, baz: {}", bar, baz);

In addition, Connection has a utility execute method which is useful if a statement is only going to be executed once:

let updates = try!(conn.execute("UPDATE foo SET bar = $1 WHERE baz = $2",
                                &[&1i32, &"biz"]));
println!("{} rows were updated", updates);


The transaction method will start a new transaction. It returns a Transaction object which has the functionality of a Connection as well as methods to control the result of the transaction:

let trans = try!(conn.transaction());
let stmt = try!(trans.prepare(...));

if the_coast_is_clear {


The transaction will be active until the Transaction object falls out of scope. A transaction will roll back by default. Nested transactions are supported via savepoints.

Type Correspondence

Rust-Postgres enforces a strict correspondence between Rust types and Postgres types. The driver currently supports the following conversions:

More conversions can be defined by implementing the ToSql and FromSql traits.

Support for Postgres arrays is located in the postgres-array crate.

Support for Postgres ranges is located in the postgres-range crate.

Optional features

Unix socket connections

Support for connections through Unix domain sockets is provided optionally by the unix_socket feature. It is only available on "unixy" platforms such as OSX, BSD and Linux.

UUID type

UUID support is provided optionally by the uuid feature.


JSON and JSONB support is provided optionally by the rustc-serialize feature.


TIMESTAMP and TIMESTAMPTZ support is provided optionally by the time feature.


Like Rust itself, Rust-Postgres is still in the early stages of development, so don't be surprised if APIs change and things break. If something's not working properly, file an issue or submit a pull request!