Updated May 19, 2023
Introduction to PostgreSQL GUI
PostgreSQL provides different GUI tools to users. The GUI means graphical user interface tool. It is open source and allows us to utilize with the help of graphical user interface tools, we can easily manage all the operation of PostgreSQL. GUI provides a shortcut key to make it easy for new users, and it also provides good visualization to users. We can access different database servers remotely by using GUI. PostgreSQL provides a window based interface to make it easier to use. Graphical user interface plays an important role in database administration.
The command-line interface is a traditional way to implement PostgreSQL. The command line interface uses console display, and some users do not like console display. It provides small amounts of information as compared to GUI tools. The browsing database, table, and user are difficult in the command line interface. So there are a few drawbacks of the command-line interface.
Top 5 PostgreSQL GUI Tools
Given below are the top 5 GUI Tools:
The pgAdmin tool is open source and free to use. It supports all operations and features of PostgreSQL. It is very easy to handle, and beginner and experienced database developers use it.
- Using pgAdmin, we can create, view, and edit all everyday PostgreSQL objects.
- It provides a graphical query tool to users, making it easy to write and execute queries.
- The pgAdmin dashboard allows users to monitor server activities like database locks, connected server sessions, and current server transactions.
- The PgAdmin tool is a web application. Hence, it can be deployed on another server to access it remotely.
- pgAdmin tool provides a procedural language debugger, which helps users for debugging purposes.
- pgAdmin UI has detachable panels. This detachable panel can be arranged according to the likings of the user.
- If a user wants to move the data between machines, there is a portable version of pgAdmin.
- As compared to paid GUI tools, pgAdmin GUI is slow, and also it is non-intuitive.
- The resources used by pgAdmin are too many.
The DBeaver is a cross platform GUI tool for PostgreSQL. Database administrator and developer both use this GUI tool, and it supports all types of databases like Sybase, MySql, SQLite, Oracle, DB2 and MS Access, etc. We can run on Windows, Linux, and macOS operating systems.
- It provides a visual query builder to make it easy to construct complex SQL queries without knowledge of SQL.
- The DBeaver supports different data view types, which means it is a good option for editors.
- The DBeaver provides a facility to generate fake data to check your system.
- It also provides import and export facilities to users with different file formats.
- Provides advanced security to the database administrative system compared to other GUI tools.
- It automatically generates ER diagrams for a database or table.
- It is slow when we use a large data set compared to other GUI tools.
Navicat is one type of GUI tool that supports different database systems like PostgreSQL, MySql, and MongoDB. It is easy to use for a beginner and experienced developer. The most important feature of Navicat is work in collaboration with cloud databases.
- It provides a visual SQL builder to users to make it very easy to create SQL statements in this GUI, and it is very fast compared to other GUI tools.
- It has an auto completion facility to save time and avoid mistakes.
- Navicat provides a data modeling tool to make it easy to visualize databases and schema with the help of diagrams.
- Navicat provides job scheduling facilities and notifies them by using mail.
- It also works with cloud collaboration.
- Users need to buy different licenses for different database systems. It locks licenses for a single.
- Due to high prices, it is not suitable for small companies and freelancers.
DataGrip supports multiple database systems and is a cross-platform integrated development environment. JetBrains develop it. It is one of the tools that PostgreSQL uses. All database systems, including MySql, DB2, Oracle, SQLite, and H2, are supported. It supports operating systems like Windows, Linux, and macOS.
- The DataGrip provides users an auto complete facility to make them easy and time-saving.
- The GUI of DataGrip is customizable and very user friendly, with an intelligence query console to keep track of coding.
- We can easily navigate between tables, views, and procedures.
- It helps developers detect bugs in coding and suggest how we can fix them.
- The DataGrip is not native to PostgreSQL, so it lacks some PostgreSQL features.
- It consumes many resources of your system.
OmniDB is one of the GUI tools it supports different database systems like MySql, Oracle, MariaDB, etc. It provides a facility to create a database, table, and new users, which means all necessary facility is available. It supports three platforms Windows, Linux, and macOS.
- We can easily add or remove connections from the server, which means we can configure.
- It provides an auto complete and syntax highlighting facility to save time and avoid mistakes of users.
- It also provides a dashboard for users to show information about the current database.
- Developers easily add and share new features through plugins.
- It does not provide all features of PostgreSQL as compared to other GUI tools like pgAdmin, Navicat, and DataGrip.
- It is difficult to raise the error.
The above article shows different types of GUI tools, such as pgAdmin, DBeaver, Navicat, DataGrip, and OmniDB. We also saw different features of each type of platform it supports. Usually, pgAdmin supports all types of features of PostgreSQL as compared to other GUI tools. From this article, we saw how we can handle different GUI tools.
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