Rodolfo Bandeira

Rodolfo Bandeira

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Using postgresql in C programs for Linux

Hi everyone!

In last year at my last Job, I wrote some softwares in linux to access postgresql database. So, I’ll show you how to make a  simple code using your favorite text editor and GCC linux compiler. We may use the LIB libpq-dev in our linux.

First step is install libpq-dev using apt-get on Ubuntu of course:  apt-get install libpq-dev

You may use this code to compile your .C file: gcc your_program.c -o your_program -lpq

#include <stdio.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <stdlib.h> // atoi

// Lib used to connect to PostgreSQL database
#include <libpq-fe.h>

#define IP_DB "YOUR_IP"

int main ()
    PGconn *conn = NULL;                  
    PGresult *resultInsert;               
    char connection[255];
    char queryString[255];

        sprintf(connection, "host=%s user=%s password=%s dbname=%s", IP_DB, USER_DB, PASS_DB, DATABASE_DB);
        conn = PQconnectdb(stringConexao);

        if(PQstatus(conn) != CONNECTION_OK)
            printf("\n\n Error while try to connect. \nError: %s  \n\n", PQerrorMessage(conn));
        } else {
            printf("\n\n Connected in: %s \n", IP_DB);

        sprintf(queryString, "INSERT INTO your_table (field_one, field_two, field_three) VALUES (%d, '%s', %d);", atoi(valueOne), valueTwo, valueThree);

        resultSelect = PQexec(conn, queryString);

                     printf("Error \n");
                } else {            
                     printf("Ok \n");


    return 0;


Bye friends, see you!

Rodolfo Bandeira

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