DROPDB(1) PostgreSQL Client Applications DROPDB(1)NAMEdropdb - remove a PostgreSQL database
SYNOPSISdropdb [ option... ] dbname
DESCRIPTIONdropdb 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_data‐
base(5)]. There is no effective difference between dropping databases
via this utility and via other methods for accessing the server.
OPTIONSdropdb 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
This utility, like most other PostgreSQL utilities, also uses the envi‐
ronment variables supported by libpq (see in the documentation).
In case of difficulty, see DROP DATABASE [drop_database(5)] 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"
SEE ALSOcreatedb(1), DROP DATABASE [drop_database(5)]
Application 2008-01-03 DROPDB(1)