I have multiple CSV files. Those CSV files are the log files created as a result of running a Windows batch file. The location of these CSV files lies on the server and I want all these CSV files to copy from the server to a particular table (say import_error_table, which I had already created in PostgreSQL).

How to accomplish this using PostgreSQL?

I tried running a Windows batch file which is shown below.

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And in the above snapshot, there is an exe file to convert a shapefile to pgsql. I would like to know is there any specific exe for converting CSV to pgsql.

I had run the above code as a batch file. The prep.sql file is created with (0KB size). But also schema was not created in the PostgreSQL.

for %%f in (*.csv) do \\\working\PostGIS\psql.exe -p -k -s 32643 %%f CSV_Logs.%%~nf > prep_%%~nf.sql
set PGPASSWORD=rpc123
for %%f in (prep_*.sql) do \\\working\PostGIS\psql -h  -p 5432 -d NPCL_test -U postgres -f %%f

The result of which is prep.sql files created but schema was not created in PostgreSQL.

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  • psql already is an executable. When I do this I just wrap a bunch of calls to psql -c "copy some_table from some_csv csv" db_name in the shell. Commented Jan 31, 2015 at 18:27
  • Answers below do work but assume you have the tables created already. Another tool which can a) create a CREATE TABLE expression based on a CSV and b) load the CSV into a table and create the table in the same expression is CSVKit - I have a tutorial here, and I think you might find a way to utilize the comand on multiple files using Python: github.com/dpsspatial/Installation-Instructions/blob/master/… Commented Dec 3, 2018 at 18:44

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Here are two examples of how this can be done:

Just put the batchfile in the same folder where the csv-files are:

for copy from local machine to local database:

for %%f in (*.csv)  do psql -d your_database_name -h localhost -U postgres -p 5432 -c "\COPY public.yourtablename FROM '%%~dpnxf' DELIMITER ',' CSV;"

You can also run the batchfile on your computer and send the content of the CSV-Files to the remote database. Just put the csv-files on your local computer and the batchfile in the same folder. Content of the batchfile:

@echo off
set PGPASSWORD=yourpassword

for %%f in (*.csv)  do psql -d your_database -h your_server_ip -U postgres -p 5432 -c "\COPY public.yourtablename FROM '%%~dpnxf' DELIMITER ',' CSV;"


Just tested it on my machine and works both: local PostgreSQL on Windows7 and remote PostgreSQL on Ubuntu Linux.

PS: Using the \COPY instead of just COPY is important if you want to read the local csv's and copy them to the remote database.

  • Great! my problem solved. your code works.
    – User123
    Commented Feb 1, 2015 at 9:41
  • I had edited my post. Since there is a new problem in running the batch file.
    – User123
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 7:02
  • You don't have to create sql-files.all you need is adapt my batch file template so it fits to your server-ip, database name and so on.don't insert any other commands
    – Thomas B
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 7:54
  • Before loading my CSV files into a table. I need to create a table right for loading CSV files? That's what the above code snippet (prep.sql) does
    – User123
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 9:02
  • well in you question you said "to a particular table (say import_error_table, which i had already created in postgreSQL"). You can't create a table using CSV. You have to manually create the table and its columns, because a csv does not contain information about which data type should be used for each column.
    – Thomas B
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 9:16

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