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A new star in the realm of sql clients.
Dec 29, 2015

Today I discovered a new favourite PostgreSQL client. It is called SQL Tabs . It is a platform independent PostgreSQL desktop client. Its GUI is simple and intuitive to use.

SQL Tabs features 9 different chart types to explore the data more easily on the spot. It allows you to insert markdown text next to your queries to give them more structure and/or explanation. You can explore the full feature set in the SQL Tabs Documentation .

Here is an example to show you the proportion of the 5 biggest tables in your database. It displays the result as a donut chart.

This is query I used to generate the graph.

## 5 biggest tables
--- chart donut
SELECT nspname || '.' || relname AS "relation",
    pg_relation_size(C.oid) AS "size"
  FROM pg_class C
  LEFT JOIN pg_namespace N ON (N.oid = C.relnamespace)
  WHERE nspname NOT IN ('pg_catalog', 'information_schema')
  ORDER BY pg_relation_size(C.oid) DESC
  LIMIT 5;


This is really a tool I can imagine working from a day to day basis with. The only miss is, that common psql shortcuts like \dt are not working. I am so used on exploring the schema with them, that don't want to learn any new (SQL-compliant) way.