How to export a PostgreSQL query output to a csv file

Modern syntax:

COPY (SELECT * FROM ...) TO '/tmp/filename.csv' (FORMAT csv);

So the 162 rows of my output table have been copied in the shell. How
can I paste or move them to a csv file?

The result is the CSV file. Open it with any spreadsheet program using matching delimiters. The manual:

The default is a tab character in text format, a comma in CSV format

The psql meta command \copy is a wrapper around the SQL COPY function. It writes and reads files local to the client (while COPY uses files local to the server) and does not require superuser privileges.


  • Export specific rows from a PostgreSQL table as INSERT SQL script
  • PostgreSQL: export resulting data from SQL query to Excel/CSV

Leave a Comment