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pg_recvlogical – control PostgreSQL logical decoding streams


pg_recvlogical [option…]


pg_recvlogical controls logical decoding replication slots and streams
data from such replication slots.

It creates a replication-mode connection, so it is subject to the same
constraints as pg_receivexlog, plus those for logical replication
(see Chapter 46, Logical Decoding, in the documentation).


At least one of the following options must be specified to select an

Create a new logical replication slot with the name specified by
–slot, using the output plugin specified by –plugin, for the
database specified by –dbname.

Drop the replication slot with the name specified by –slot, then

Begin streaming changes from the logical replication slot specified
by –slot, continuing until terminated by a signal. If the server
side change stream ends with a server shutdown or disconnect, retry
in a loop unless –no-loop is specified.

The stream format is determined by the output plugin specified when
the slot was created.

The connection must be to the same database used to create the

–create-slot and –start can be specified together. –drop-slot
cannot be combined with another action.

The following command-line options control the location and format of
the output and other replication behavior:

-f filename
Write received and decoded transaction data into this file. Use –
for stdout.

-F interval_seconds
Specifies how often pg_recvlogical should issue fsync() calls to
ensure the output file is safely flushed to disk.

The server will occasionally request the client to perform a flush
and report the flush position to the server. This setting is in
addition to that, to perform flushes more frequently.

Specifying an interval of 0 disables issuing fsync() calls
altogether, while still reporting progress to the server. In this
case, data could be lost in the event of a crash.

-I lsn
In –start mode, start replication from the given LSN. For details
on the effect of this, see the documentation in Chapter 46, Logical
Decoding, in the documentation and Section 50.3, “Streaming
Replication Protocol”, in the documentation. Ignored in other

Do not error out when –create-slot is specified and a slot with
the specified name already exists.

When the connection to the server is lost, do not retry in a loop,
just exit.

-o name[=value] –option=name[=value] Pass the option name to the output plugin with, if specified, the
option value value. Which options exist and their effects depends
on the used output plugin.

-P plugin
When creating a slot, use the specified logical decoding output
plugin. See Chapter 46, Logical Decoding, in the documentation.
This option has no effect if the slot already exists.

-s interval_seconds
This option has the same effect as the option of the same name in
pg_receivexlog. See the description there.

-S slot_name
In –start mode, use the existing logical replication slot named
slot_name. In –create-slot mode, create the slot with this name.
In –drop-slot mode, delete the slot with this name.

Enables verbose mode.

The following command-line options control the database connection

-d database
The database to connect to. See the description of the actions for
what this means in detail. This can be a libpq connection string;
see Section 31.1.1, “Connection Strings”, in the documentation for
more information. Defaults to user name.

-h hostname-or-ip
Specifies the host name of the machine on which the server is
running. If the value begins with a slash, it is used as the
directory for the Unix domain socket. The default is taken from the
PGHOST environment variable, if set, else a Unix domain socket
connection is attempted.

-p port
Specifies the TCP port or local Unix domain socket file extension
on which the server is listening for connections. Defaults to the
PGPORT environment variable, if set, or a compiled-in default.

-U user
User name to connect as. Defaults to current operating system user

Never issue a password prompt. If the server requires password
authentication and a password is not available by other means such
as a .pgpass file, the connection attempt will fail. This option
can be useful in batch jobs and scripts where no user is present to
enter a password.

Force pg_recvlogical to prompt for a password before connecting to
a database.

This option is never essential, since pg_recvlogical will
automatically prompt for a password if the server demands password
authentication. However, pg_recvlogical will waste a connection
attempt finding out that the server wants a password. In some cases
it is worth typing -W to avoid the extra connection attempt.

The following additional options are available:

Print the pg_recvlogical version and exit.

Show help about pg_recvlogical command line arguments, and exit.

This utility, like most other PostgreSQL utilities, uses the
environment variables supported by libpq (see Section 31.14,
“Environment Variables”, in the documentation).

See Section 46.1, “Logical Decoding Examples”, in the documentation for
an example.



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