I want to export my postgresql db with pgadmin.
I search all of its GUI, I also searched the web and I don't find some sueful information.
I know how to import the db into postgresql: create a db with `template0' and then:

 c:\program files\postgresql\9.3\bin> psql -h localhost -p 5432 
                                -U postgres newDBname < D:\backup.sql

But I don't know how to export it. please help me to export my db.

  • Are you looking to backup/copy to a new server? How do you feel about command line? Aug 28, 2014 at 21:59
  • yes, but I think it does not matter !
    – Dariush
    Aug 28, 2014 at 22:00
  • Look at the Tools menu in pgAdmin3. Do you see there "Backup" and "Restore" as I do?
    – user30184
    Aug 28, 2014 at 22:34
  • It is disabled !
    – Dariush
    Aug 28, 2014 at 22:47
  • Do you have Administrator Rights to the system on the PostGres user you are using? Aug 29, 2014 at 0:23

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My problem was that I could not find the pg_dump command. I thought it was a subcommand of psql command.
You need to add c:\program files\postgresql\9.3\bin> to path(system variables) of windows or use its direct executable file:


c:\program files\postgresql\9.3\bin> pg_dump.exe -U postgres test2 >"d:\backup.sql"


c:\program files\postgresql\9.3\bin> psql -h localhost -p 5432  -U postgres newDBname < D:\backup.sql

export special table:

C:\Program Files\PostgreSQL\9.0\bin\pg_dump.exe --host localhost --port 5432 --username postgres --format plain --ignore-version --verbose --file "C:\temp\filename.backup" --table public.tablename dbname
  • Yeh, me too when I started out. I was surprised to see how simple it was. To test it I created a dummy database and put data into it, backed it up, dropped the database and then restored - everything worked as before so I adopted that procedure... I've only needed to restore from backup twice (RAID failure) and both times it's worked - much better than starting again! Aug 28, 2014 at 22:58

The pair that you want is PG_Dump and PG_Restore...

I use PG_Dump on a scheduled task to backup our PostGIS databases in a format that can be restored easily - and more importantly will work!

pg_dump.exe --file=c:\Your\path\BACKUP_Name.Backup -Fc -Z9 -o DatabaseName
  • Custom format
  • Z9 compression (to save space)
  • Include objectIDs

and then to restore on the other end..

Create a new empty database with the correct name and run:

pg_restore -c -Fc -d DatabaseName c:\Your\path\BACKUP_Name.Backup
  • clean the database first
  • Custom format

Works for me... but as with anything TEST IT FIRST, just because it works for me in PostGIS/SDE on this version doesn't guarantee it will work for you in your environment.


For PostGIS, make sure you are following the hard upgrade procedure:

pg_dump -h localhost -p 5432 -U postgres -Fc -b -v -f file.backup thedatabase

This way it can be restored in the existing database, or it can be discovered with a future version of PostGIS using the postgis_restore.pl command. For Windows, you need to tailor a simple BAT file described here. Note that this is similar to the pg_restore utility described by other answers, but is specifically tailored to PostGIS.

  • Good advice Mike, I'll look into that... Does it work for SDE databases that use PG_GEOMETRY? Will that help upgrade from one version to the next version? Previously I have upgraded by using Catalog to backup features to fGDB and then Esri copy to the new database - this could be a simpler procedure. Aug 29, 2014 at 1:16
  • I don't know much about SDE on PostgreSQL, but the pg_geometry data type will not be touched by PostGIS, just like any other data type, and will be restored on a host DB only if the pg_geometry datatype exists.
    – Mike T
    Aug 29, 2014 at 4:04

If you prefer a graphical user interface, you can use pgAdmin III (gratis, Linux/Windows/OS X). Simply right click on the table of your choice, then "backup". It will create a pg_dump command for you, if latter on you want to do it with CLI.

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