DROPDB(1) PostgreSQL Client Applications DROPDB(1)
dropdb - remove a PostgreSQL database
dropdb [ option... ] dbname
dropdb destroys an existing PostgreSQL database. The user who executes
this command must be a database superuser or the owner of the database.
dropdb is a wrapper around the SQL command DROP DATABASE
[drop_database(7)]. There is no effective difference between dropping
databases via this utility and via other methods for accessing the
dropdb accepts the following command-line arguments:
dbname Specifies the name of the database to be removed.
--echo Echo the commands that dropdb generates and sends to the server.
Issues a verification prompt before doing anything destructive.
Do not display a response.
dropdb also accepts the following command-line arguments for connection
Specifies the host name of the machine on which the server is
running. If the value begins with a slash, it is used as the
directory for the Unix domain socket.
Specifies the TCP port or local Unix domain socket file exten-
sion on which the server is listening for connections.
User name to connect as
Force password prompt.
PGUSER Default connection parameters
In case of difficulty, see DROP DATABASE [drop_database(7)] and psql(1)
for discussions of potential problems and error messages. The database
server must be running at the targeted host. Also, any default connec-
tion settings and environment variables used by the libpq front-end
library will apply.
To destroy the database demo on the default database server:
$ dropdb demo
To destroy the database demo using the server on host eden, port 5000,
with verification and a peek at the underlying command:
$ dropdb -p 5000 -h eden -i -e demo
Database "demo" will be permanently deleted.
Are you sure? (y/n) y
DROP DATABASE "demo"
createdb(1), DROP DATABASE [drop_database(7)], Environment Variables
Application 2010-12-14 DROPDB(1)