Database Trigger Procedure in Postgres


A trigger is an easy way to enforce a check or constraint, log mutations on a table. It is available for each row or a statement modification.
You can ask the DB to run a function triggered on an action (row append, update, delete) and a clause and timeframe (before/ after the operation).


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  • Postgres psql client
  • Any text editor

Writing a Trigger Procedure is different than a Query

  • Find out Postgres datatypes
  • Typecasts using CAST() method
  • Learn Trigger Procedure Syntax

Sample Trigger Procedure

CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION time_range_check() RETURNS trigger AS
    acceptedTime timestamp;
    newTime timestamp;
    defaultTime timestamp;
    acceptedTime = LOCALTIMESTAMP(0);
    defaultTime = to_timestamp(1577800000);
    newTime = to_timestamp(CAST(NEW.value as bigint));
    IF  newTime < defaultTime  THEN
		 raise EXCEPTION ''invalid past timestamp passed'';
         return NULL;
	IF  newTime > acceptedTime  THEN
		 raise EXCEPTION ''invalid future timestamp passed'';
         return NULL;
'LANGUAGE 'plpgsql';

Trigger Code

create trigger my_range_check 
before insert on my_table 
for each row 
when (NEW.item_id = 1)
execute procedure time_range_check();

How to Execute

After composing the trigger procedure and trigger, just paste the text on the psql command line.

How to Debug and Develop

You will get a hint of an error on pasting the trigger code on psql CLI. Every time the procedure code changes, we need to drop the trigger.

# drop trigger my_range_check on my_table;

List Triggers

# \d table_name


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