Chapter 9. Functions and Operators

Table of Contents
9.1. Logical Operators
9.2. Comparison Operators
9.3. Mathematical Functions and Operators
9.4. String Functions and Operators
9.5. Binary String Functions and Operators
9.6. Pattern Matching
9.6.1. LIKE
9.6.2. SIMILAR TO and SQL99 Regular Expressions
9.6.3. POSIX Regular Expressions
9.7. Data Type Formatting Functions
9.8. Date/Time Functions and Operators
9.8.1. EXTRACT, date_part
9.8.2. date_trunc
9.8.4. Current Date/Time
9.9. Geometric Functions and Operators
9.10. Network Address Type Functions
9.11. Sequence-Manipulation Functions
9.12. Conditional Expressions
9.12.1. CASE
9.12.2. COALESCE
9.12.3. NULLIF
9.13. Miscellaneous Functions
9.14. Array Functions and Operators
9.15. Aggregate Functions
9.16. Subquery Expressions
9.16.1. EXISTS
9.16.2. IN
9.16.3. NOT IN
9.16.4. ANY/SOME
9.16.5. ALL
9.16.6. Row-wise Comparison
9.17. Row and Array Comparisons
9.17.1. IN
9.17.2. NOT IN
9.17.3. ANY/SOME (array)
9.17.4. ALL (array)
9.17.5. Row-wise Comparison

PostgreSQL provides a large number of functions and operators for the built-in data types. Users can also define their own functions and operators, as described in Part V. The psql commands \df and \do can be used to show the list of all actually available functions and operators, respectively.

If you are concerned about portability then take note that most of the functions and operators described in this chapter, with the exception of the most trivial arithmetic and comparison operators and some explicitly marked functions, are not specified by the SQL standard. Some of the extended functionality is present in other SQL database management systems, and in many cases this functionality is compatible and consistent between the various implementations.

9.1. Logical Operators

The usual logical operators are available:


SQL uses a three-valued Boolean logic where the null value represents "unknown". Observe the following truth tables:

aba AND ba OR b

aNOT a

The operators AND and OR are commutative, that is, you can switch the left and right operand without affecting the result. But see Section 4.2.11 for more information about the order of evaluation of subexpressions.