CREATE ROLE - define a new database role
name[ [ WITH ]
option[ ... ] ] where
optioncan be: SUPERUSER | NOSUPERUSER | CREATEDB | NOCREATEDB | CREATEROLE | NOCREATEROLE | INHERIT | NOINHERIT | LOGIN | NOLOGIN | REPLICATION | NOREPLICATION | BYPASSRLS | NOBYPASSRLS | CONNECTION LIMIT
connlimit| [ ENCRYPTED ] PASSWORD '
password' | PASSWORD NULL | VALID UNTIL '
timestamp' | IN ROLE
role_name[, ...] | IN GROUP
role_name[, ...] | ROLE
role_name[, ...] | ADMIN
role_name[, ...] | USER
role_name[, ...] | SYSID
adds a new role to a
database cluster. A role is
an entity that can own database objects and have database privileges;
a role can be considered a
, or both
depending on how it is used. Refer to
for information about managing
users and authentication. You must have
privilege or be a database superuser to use this command.
Note that roles are defined at the database cluster level, and so are valid in all databases in the cluster.
The name of the new role.
These clauses determine whether the new role is a " superuser " , who can override all access restrictions within the database. Superuser status is dangerous and should be used only when really needed. You must yourself be a superuser to create a new superuser. If not specified,
NOSUPERUSERis the default.
These clauses define a role's ability to create databases. If
CREATEDBis specified, the role being defined will be allowed to create new databases. Specifying
NOCREATEDBwill deny a role the ability to create databases. If not specified,
NOCREATEDBis the default.
These clauses determine whether a role will be permitted to create new roles (that is, execute
CREATE ROLE). A role with
CREATEROLEprivilege can also alter and drop other roles. If not specified,
NOCREATEROLEis the default.
These clauses determine whether a role " inherits " the privileges of roles it is a member of. A role with the
INHERITattribute can automatically use whatever database privileges have been granted to all roles it is directly or indirectly a member of. Without
INHERIT, membership in another role only grants the ability to
SET ROLEto that other role; the privileges of the other role are only available after having done so. If not specified,
INHERITis the default.
These clauses determine whether a role is allowed to log in; that is, whether the role can be given as the initial session authorization name during client connection. A role having the
LOGINattribute can be thought of as a user. Roles without this attribute are useful for managing database privileges, but are not users in the usual sense of the word. If not specified,
NOLOGINis the default, except when
CREATE ROLEis invoked through its alternative spelling CREATE USER .
These clauses determine whether a role is a replication role. A role must have this attribute (or be a superuser) in order to be able to connect to the server in replication mode (physical or logical replication) and in order to be able to create or drop replication slots. A role having the
REPLICATIONattribute is a very highly privileged role, and should only be used on roles actually used for replication. If not specified,
NOREPLICATIONis the default. You must be a superuser to create a new role having the
These clauses determine whether a role bypasses every row-level security (RLS) policy.
NOBYPASSRLSis the default. You must be a superuser to create a new role having the
Note that pg_dump will set
OFFby default, to ensure all contents of a table are dumped out. If the user running pg_dump does not have appropriate permissions, an error will be returned. However, superusers and the owner of the table being dumped always bypass RLS.
If role can log in, this specifies how many concurrent connections the role can make. -1 (the default) means no limit. Note that only normal connections are counted towards this limit. Neither prepared transactions nor background worker connections are counted towards this limit.
Sets the role's password. (A password is only of use for roles having the
LOGINattribute, but you can nonetheless define one for roles without it.) If you do not plan to use password authentication you can omit this option. If no password is specified, the password will be set to null and password authentication will always fail for that user. A null password can optionally be written explicitly as
Specifying an empty string will also set the password to null, but that was not the case before PostgreSQL version 10. In earlier versions, an empty string could be used, or not, depending on the authentication method and the exact version, and libpq would refuse to use it in any case. To avoid the ambiguity, specifying an empty string should be avoided.
The password is always stored encrypted in the system catalogs. The
ENCRYPTEDkeyword has no effect, but is accepted for backwards compatibility. The method of encryption is determined by the configuration parameter password_encryption . If the presented password string is already in MD5-encrypted or SCRAM-encrypted format, then it is stored as-is regardless of
password_encryption(since the system cannot decrypt the specified encrypted password string, to encrypt it in a different format). This allows reloading of encrypted passwords during dump/restore.
VALID UNTILclause sets a date and time after which the role's password is no longer valid. If this clause is omitted the password will be valid for all time.
IN ROLEclause lists one or more existing roles to which the new role will be immediately added as a new member. (Note that there is no option to add the new role as an administrator; use a separate
GRANTcommand to do that.)
IN GROUPis an obsolete spelling of
ROLEclause lists one or more existing roles which are automatically added as members of the new role. (This in effect makes the new role a " group " .)
ADMINclause is like
ROLE, but the named roles are added to the new role
WITH ADMIN OPTION, giving them the right to grant membership in this role to others.
USERclause is an obsolete spelling of the
SYSIDclause is ignored, but is accepted for backwards compatibility.
change the attributes of a role, and
to remove a role. All the attributes
can be modified by later
The preferred way to add and remove members of roles that are being used as groups is to use GRANT and REVOKE .
clause defines an expiration time for a
password only, not for the role
particular, the expiration time is not enforced when logging in using
a non-password-based authentication method.
attribute governs inheritance of grantable
privileges (that is, access privileges for database objects and role
memberships). It does not apply to the special role attributes set by
. For example, being
a member of a role with
privilege does not immediately
grant the ability to create databases, even if
it would be necessary to become that role via
creating a database.
attribute is the default for reasons of backwards
compatibility: in prior releases of
users always had access to all privileges of groups they were members of.
provides a closer match to the semantics
specified in the SQL standard.
Be careful with the
privilege. There is no concept of
inheritance for the privileges of a
means that even if a role does not have a certain privilege but is allowed
to create other roles, it can easily create another role with different
privileges than its own (except for creating roles with superuser
privileges). For example, if the role
privilege but not the
nonetheless it can create a new role with the
privilege. Therefore, regard roles that have the
privilege as almost-superuser-roles.
includes a program
the same functionality as
it calls this command) but can be run from the command shell.
option is only enforced approximately;
if two new sessions start at about the same time when just one
remains for the role, it is possible that
both will fail. Also, the limit is never enforced for superusers.
Caution must be exercised when specifying an unencrypted password
with this command. The password will be transmitted to the server
in cleartext, and it might also be logged in the client's command
history or the server log. The command
, however, transmits
the password encrypted. Also,
contains a command
that can be used to safely change the
Create a role that can log in, but don't give it a password:
CREATE ROLE jonathan LOGIN;
Create a role with a password:
CREATE USER davide WITH PASSWORD 'jw8s0F4';
is the same as
that it implies
Create a role with a password that is valid until the end of 2004. After one second has ticked in 2005, the password is no longer valid.
CREATE ROLE miriam WITH LOGIN PASSWORD 'jw8s0F4' VALID UNTIL '2005-01-01';
Create a role that can create databases and manage roles:
CREATE ROLE admin WITH CREATEDB CREATEROLE;
statement is in the SQL standard,
but the standard only requires the syntax
name[ WITH ADMIN
Multiple initial administrators, and all the other options of
The SQL standard defines the concepts of users and roles, but it regards them as distinct concepts and leaves all commands defining users to be specified by each database implementation. In PostgreSQL we have chosen to unify users and roles into a single kind of entity. Roles therefore have many more optional attributes than they do in the standard.
The behavior specified by the SQL standard is most closely approximated
by giving users the
attribute, while roles are