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8.13. DESCRIBE OUTPUT

8.13. DESCRIBE OUTPUT

Synopsis

DESCRIBE OUTPUT statement_name

Description

List the output columns of a prepared statement, including the column name (or alias), catalog, schema, table, type, type size in bytes, and a boolean indicating if the column is aliased.

Examples

Prepare and describe a query with four output columns:

PREPARE my_select1 FROM
SELECT * FROM nation
DESCRIBE OUTPUT my_select1;
 Column Name | Catalog | Schema | Table  |  Type   | Type Size | Aliased
-------------+---------+--------+--------+---------+-----------+---------
 nationkey   | tpch    | sf1    | nation | bigint  |         8 | false
 name        | tpch    | sf1    | nation | varchar |         0 | false
 regionkey   | tpch    | sf1    | nation | bigint  |         8 | false
 comment     | tpch    | sf1    | nation | varchar |         0 | false
(4 rows)

Prepare and describe a query whose output columns are expressions:

PREPARE my_select2 FROM
SELECT count(*) as my_count, 1+2 FROM nation
DESCRIBE OUTPUT my_select2;
 Column Name | Catalog | Schema | Table |  Type  | Type Size | Aliased
-------------+---------+--------+-------+--------+-----------+---------
 my_count    |         |        |       | bigint |         8 | true
 _col1       |         |        |       | bigint |         8 | false
(2 rows)

Prepare and describe a row count query:

PREPARE my_create FROM
CREATE TABLE foo AS SELECT * FROM nation
DESCRIBE OUTPUT my_create;
 Column Name | Catalog | Schema | Table |  Type  | Type Size | Aliased
-------------+---------+--------+-------+--------+-----------+---------
 rows        |         |        |       | bigint |         8 | false
(1 row)

See Also

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