CREATE SCHEMA(7) SQL Commands CREATE SCHEMA(7)
CREATE SCHEMA - define a new schema
CREATE SCHEMA schemaname [ AUTHORIZATION username ] [ schema_element [ ... ] ]
CREATE SCHEMA AUTHORIZATION username [ schema_element [ ... ] ]
The name of a schema to be created. If this is omitted, the user name is used as
the schema name.
The name of the user who will own the schema. If omitted, defaults to the user exe-
cuting the command. Only superusers may create schemas owned by users other than
An SQL statement defining an object to be created within the schema. Currently,
only CREATE TABLE, CREATE VIEW, and GRANT are accepted as clauses within CREATE
SCHEMA. Other kinds of objects may be created in separate commands after the schema
Message returned if the command is successful.
ERROR: namespace "schemaname" already exists
If the schema specified already exists.
CREATE SCHEMA will enter a new schema into the current database. The schema name must be
distinct from the name of any existing schema in the current database.
A schema is essentially a namespace: it contains named objects (tables, data types, func-
tions, and operators) whose names may duplicate those of other objects existing in other
schemas. Named objects are accessed either by ``qualifying'' their names with the schema
name as a prefix, or by setting a search path that includes the desired schema(s).
Optionally, CREATE SCHEMA can include subcommands to create objects within the new schema.
The subcommands are treated essentially the same as separate commands issued after creat-
ing the schema, except that if the AUTHORIZATION clause is used, all the created objects
will be owned by that user.
To create a schema, the invoking user must have CREATE privilege for the current database.
(Of course, superusers bypass this check.)
Use DROP SCHEMA to remove a schema.
Create a schema:
CREATE SCHEMA myschema;
Create a schema for user joe --- the schema will also be named joe:
CREATE SCHEMA AUTHORIZATION joe;
Create a schema and create a table and view within it:
CREATE SCHEMA hollywood
CREATE TABLE films (title text, release date, awards text)
CREATE VIEW winners AS
SELECT title, release FROM films WHERE awards IS NOT NULL;
Notice that the individual subcommands do not end with semicolons.
The following is an equivalent way of accomplishing the same result:
CREATE SCHEMA hollywood;
CREATE TABLE hollywood.films (title text, release date, awards text);
CREATE VIEW hollywood.winners AS
SELECT title, release FROM hollywood.films WHERE awards IS NOT NULL;
SQL92 allows a DEFAULT CHARACTER SET clause in CREATE SCHEMA, as well as more subcommand
types than are presently accepted by PostgreSQL.
SQL92 specifies that the subcommands in CREATE SCHEMA may appear in any order. The present
PostgreSQL implementation does not handle all cases of forward references in subcommands;
it may sometimes be necessary to reorder the subcommands to avoid forward references.
In SQL92, the owner of a schema always owns all objects within it. PostgreSQL allows
schemas to contain objects owned by users other than the schema owner. This can happen
only if the schema owner grants CREATE rights on his schema to someone else.
SQL - Language Statements 2002-11-22 CREATE SCHEMA(7)