CREATE VIEW — define a new view
CREATE [ OR REPLACE ] [ TEMP | TEMPORARY ] [ RECURSIVE ] VIEW
column_name[, ...] ) ] [ WITH (
view_option_value] [, ... ] ) ] AS
query[ WITH [ CASCADED | LOCAL ] CHECK OPTION ]
CREATE VIEW defines a view of a query. The view is not physically materialized. Instead, the query is run every time the view is referenced in a query.
CREATE OR REPLACE VIEW is similar, but if a view of the same name already exists, it is replaced. The new query must generate the same columns that were generated by the existing view query (that is, the same column names in the same order and with the same data types), but it may add additional columns to the end of the list. The calculations giving rise to the output columns may be completely different.
If a schema name is given (for example,
CREATE VIEW myschema.myview ...) then the view is created in the specified schema. Otherwise it is created in the current schema. Temporary views exist in a special schema, so a schema name cannot be given when creating a temporary view. The name of the view must be distinct from the name of any other relation (table, sequence, index, view, materialized view, or foreign table) in the same schema.
If specified, the view is created as a temporary view. Temporary views are automatically dropped at the end of the current session. Existing permanent relations with the same name are not visible to the current session while the temporary view exists, unless they are referenced with schema-qualified names.
If any of the tables referenced by the view are temporary, the view is created as a temporary view (whether
TEMPORARY is specified or not).
Creates a recursive view. The syntax
CREATE RECURSIVE VIEW [
column_names) AS SELECT
is equivalent to
CREATE VIEW [
view_nameAS WITH RECURSIVE
column_names) AS (SELECT
A view column name list must be specified for a recursive view.
The name (optionally schema-qualified) of a view to be created.
An optional list of names to be used for columns of the view. If not given, the column names are deduced from the query.
view_option_value] [, ... ] )
This clause specifies optional parameters for a view; the following parameters are supported:
This parameter may be either
cascaded, and is equivalent to specifying
WITH [ CASCADED | LOCAL ] CHECK OPTION (see below).
This should be used if the view is intended to provide row-level security. See Section 41.5 for full details.
This option causes the underlying base relations to be checked against the privileges of the user of the view rather than the view owner. See the notes below for full details.
All of the above options can be changed on existing views using
WITH [ CASCADED | LOCAL ] CHECK OPTION
This option controls the behavior of automatically updatable views. When this option is specified,
UPDATE commands on the view will be checked to ensure that new rows satisfy the view-defining condition (that is, the new rows are checked to ensure that they are visible through the view). If they are not, the update will be rejected. If the
CHECK OPTION is not specified,
UPDATE commands on the view are allowed to create rows that are not visible through the view. The following check options are supported:
New rows are only checked against the conditions defined directly in the view itself. Any conditions defined on underlying base views are not checked (unless they also specify the
New rows are checked against the conditions of the view and all underlying base views. If the
CHECK OPTION is specified, and neither
CASCADED is specified, then
CASCADED is assumed.
CHECK OPTION may not be used with
Note that the
CHECK OPTION is only supported on views that are automatically updatable, and do not have
INSTEAD OF triggers or
INSTEAD rules. If an automatically updatable view is defined on top of a base view that has
INSTEAD OF triggers, then the
LOCAL CHECK OPTION may be used to check the conditions on the automatically updatable view, but the conditions on the base view with
INSTEAD OF triggers will not be checked (a cascaded check option will not cascade down to a trigger-updatable view, and any check options defined directly on a trigger-updatable view will be ignored). If the view or any of its base relations has an
INSTEAD rule that causes the
UPDATE command to be rewritten, then all check options will be ignored in the rewritten query, including any checks from automatically updatable views defined on top of the relation with the
DROP VIEW statement to drop views.
Be careful that the names and types of the view's columns will be assigned the way you want. For example:
CREATE VIEW vista AS SELECT 'Hello World';
is bad form because the column name defaults to
?column?; also, the column data type defaults to
text, which might not be what you wanted. Better style for a string literal in a view's result is something like:
CREATE VIEW vista AS SELECT text 'Hello World' AS hello;
By default, access to the underlying base relations referenced in the view is determined by the permissions of the view owner. In some cases, this can be used to provide secure but restricted access to the underlying tables. However, not all views are secure against tampering; see Section 41.5 for details.
If the view has the
security_invoker property set to
true, access to the underlying base relations is determined by the permissions of the user executing the query, rather than the view owner. Thus, the user of a security invoker view must have the relevant permissions on the view and its underlying base relations.
If any of the underlying base relations is a security invoker view, it will be treated as if it had been accessed directly from the original query. Thus, a security invoker view will always check its underlying base relations using the permissions of the current user, even if it is accessed from a view without the
If any of the underlying base relations has row-level security enabled, then by default, the row-level security policies of the view owner are applied, and access to any additional relations referred to by those policies is determined by the permissions of the view owner. However, if the view has
security_invoker set to
true, then the policies and permissions of the invoking user are used instead, as if the base relations had been referenced directly from the query using the view.
Functions called in the view are treated the same as if they had been called directly from the query using the view. Therefore, the user of a view must have permissions to call all functions used by the view. Functions in the view are executed with the privileges of the user executing the query or the function owner, depending on whether the functions are defined as
SECURITY INVOKER or
SECURITY DEFINER. Thus, for example, calling
CURRENT_USER directly in a view will always return the invoking user, not the view owner. This is not affected by the view's
security_invoker setting, and so a view with
security_invoker set to
false is not equivalent to a
SECURITY DEFINER function and those concepts should not be confused.
The user creating or replacing a view must have
USAGE privileges on any schemas referred to in the view query, in order to look up the referenced objects in those schemas. Note, however, that this lookup only happens when the view is created or replaced. Therefore, the user of the view only requires the
USAGE privilege on the schema containing the view, not on the schemas referred to in the view query, even for a security invoker view.
CREATE OR REPLACE VIEW is used on an existing view, only the view's defining SELECT rule, plus any
WITH ( ... ) parameters and its
CHECK OPTION are changed. Other view properties, including ownership, permissions, and non-SELECT rules, remain unchanged. You must own the view to replace it (this includes being a member of the owning role).
Simple views are automatically updatable: the system will allow
DELETE statements to be used on the view in the same way as on a regular table. A view is automatically updatable if it satisfies all of the following conditions:
The view must have exactly one entry in its
FROM list, which must be a table or another updatable view.
The view definition must not contain
OFFSET clauses at the top level.
The view definition must not contain set operations (
EXCEPT) at the top level.
The view's select list must not contain any aggregates, window functions or set-returning functions.
An automatically updatable view may contain a mix of updatable and non-updatable columns. A column is updatable if it is a simple reference to an updatable column of the underlying base relation; otherwise the column is read-only, and an error will be raised if an
UPDATE statement attempts to assign a value to it.
If the view is automatically updatable the system will convert any
DELETE statement on the view into the corresponding statement on the underlying base relation.
INSERT statements that have an
ON CONFLICT UPDATE clause are fully supported.
If an automatically updatable view contains a
WHERE condition, the condition restricts which rows of the base relation are available to be modified by
DELETE statements on the view. However, an
UPDATE is allowed to change a row so that it no longer satisfies the
WHERE condition, and thus is no longer visible through the view. Similarly, an
INSERT command can potentially insert base-relation rows that do not satisfy the
WHERE condition and thus are not visible through the view (
ON CONFLICT UPDATE may similarly affect an existing row not visible through the view). The
CHECK OPTION may be used to prevent
UPDATE commands from creating such rows that are not visible through the view.
If an automatically updatable view is marked with the
security_barrier property then all the view's
WHERE conditions (and any conditions using operators which are marked as
LEAKPROOF) will always be evaluated before any conditions that a user of the view has added. See Section 41.5 for full details. Note that, due to this, rows which are not ultimately returned (because they do not pass the user's
WHERE conditions) may still end up being locked.
EXPLAIN can be used to see which conditions are applied at the relation level (and therefore do not lock rows) and which are not.
A more complex view that does not satisfy all these conditions is read-only by default: the system will not allow an insert, update, or delete on the view. You can get the effect of an updatable view by creating
INSTEAD OF triggers on the view, which must convert attempted inserts, etc. on the view into appropriate actions on other tables. For more information see CREATE TRIGGER. Another possibility is to create rules (see CREATE RULE), but in practice triggers are easier to understand and use correctly.
Note that the user performing the insert, update or delete on the view must have the corresponding insert, update or delete privilege on the view. In addition, by default, the view's owner must have the relevant privileges on the underlying base relations, whereas the user performing the update does not need any permissions on the underlying base relations (see Section 41.5). However, if the view has
security_invoker set to
true, the user performing the update, rather than the view owner, must have the relevant privileges on the underlying base relations.
Create a view consisting of all comedy films:
CREATE VIEW comedies AS SELECT * FROM films WHERE kind = 'Comedy';
This will create a view containing the columns that are in the
film table at the time of view creation. Though
* was used to create the view, columns added later to the table will not be part of the view.
Create a view with
LOCAL CHECK OPTION:
CREATE VIEW universal_comedies AS SELECT * FROM comedies WHERE classification = 'U' WITH LOCAL CHECK OPTION;
This will create a view based on the
comedies view, showing only films with
kind = 'Comedy' and
classification = 'U'. Any attempt to
UPDATE a row in the view will be rejected if the new row doesn't have
classification = 'U', but the film
kind will not be checked.
Create a view with
CASCADED CHECK OPTION:
CREATE VIEW pg_comedies AS SELECT * FROM comedies WHERE classification = 'PG' WITH CASCADED CHECK OPTION;
This will create a view that checks both the
classification of new rows.
Create a view with a mix of updatable and non-updatable columns:
CREATE VIEW comedies AS SELECT f.*, country_code_to_name(f.country_code) AS country, (SELECT avg(r.rating) FROM user_ratings r WHERE r.film_id = f.id) AS avg_rating FROM films f WHERE f.kind = 'Comedy';
This view will support
DELETE. All the columns from the
films table will be updatable, whereas the computed columns
avg_rating will be read-only.
Create a recursive view consisting of the numbers from 1 to 100:
CREATE RECURSIVE VIEW public.nums_1_100 (n) AS VALUES (1) UNION ALL SELECT n+1 FROM nums_1_100 WHERE n < 100;
Notice that although the recursive view's name is schema-qualified in this
CREATE, its internal self-reference is not schema-qualified. This is because the implicitly-created CTE's name cannot be schema-qualified.
CREATE OR REPLACE VIEW is a PostgreSQL language extension. So is the concept of a temporary view. The
WITH ( ... ) clause is an extension as well, as are security barrier views and security invoker views.