A PostgreSQL client library for Swift. Does not require libpq.

What's New




  • None


  • #39 Support for Decodable: see Row.decodeByColumnName(_:defaultTimeZone:) and Row.decodeByColumnIndex(_:defaultTimeZone:) (thanks to @khanlou for the idea and initial code)

Bug fixes

  • #44: Don't buffer log output


PostgresClientKit provides a friendly Swift API for operating against a PostgreSQL database.


  • Doesn't require libpq. PostgresClientKit implements the Postgres network protocol in Swift, so it does not require libpq.

  • Developer-friendly API using modern Swift. For example, errors are represented by instances of enum PostgresError: Error and are raised by a throw or by returning a Result<Success, Error>.

  • Safe conversion between Postgres and Swift types. Type conversion is explicit and robust. Conversion errors are signaled, not masked. PostgresClientKit provides additional Swift types for dates and times to address the impedance mismatch between Postgres types and Foundation Date.

  • Memory efficient. The rows in a result are exposed through an iterator, not an array. Rows are lazily retrieved from the Postgres server.

  • SSL/TLS support. Encrypts the connection between PostgresClientKit and the Postgres server.

  • Well-engineered. Complete API documentation, an extensive test suite, actively supported.

Sounds good? Let's look at an example.


This is a basic, but complete, example of how to connect to Postgres, perform a SQL SELECT command, and process the resulting rows. It uses the weather table in the Postgres tutorial.

import PostgresClientKit

do {
    var configuration = PostgresClientKit.ConnectionConfiguration() = ""
    configuration.database = "example"
    configuration.user = "bob"
    configuration.credential = .scramSHA256(password: "welcome1")

    let connection = try PostgresClientKit.Connection(configuration: configuration)
    defer { connection.close() }

    let text = "SELECT city, temp_lo, temp_hi, prcp, date FROM weather WHERE city = $1;"
    let statement = try connection.prepareStatement(text: text)
    defer { statement.close() }

    let cursor = try statement.execute(parameterValues: [ "San Francisco" ])
    defer { cursor.close() }

    for row in cursor {
        let columns = try row.get().columns
        let city = try columns[0].string()
        let tempLo = try columns[1].int()
        let tempHi = try columns[2].int()
        let prcp = try columns[3].optionalDouble()
        let date = try columns[4].date()
            \(city) on \(date): low: \(tempLo), high: \(tempHi), \
            precipitation: \(String(describing: prcp))
} catch {
    print(error) // better error handling goes here


San Francisco on 1994-11-27: low: 46, high: 50, precipitation: Optional(0.25)
San Francisco on 1994-11-29: low: 43, high: 57, precipitation: Optional(0.0)


  • Swift 5 or later (PostgresClientKit uses Swift 5 language features)
  • libssl-dev (only required on Linux)

PostgresClientKit is compatible with Linux, macOS, and iOS. It has been tested on:

  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, 20.04 LTS
  • macOS 10.14, 10.15, 11
  • iOS 12, 13, 14, 15
  • Postgres 10, 11, 12, 13, 14


cd <path-to-clone>
swift package clean
swift build


Set up a Postgres database for testing. This is a one-time process.


cd <path-to-clone>
swift package clean
swift build
swift test


Swift Package Manager

In your Package.swift file:

  • Add PostgresClientKit to the dependencies. For example:
dependencies: [
    .package(url: "", from: "1.0.0"),
  • Reference the PostgresClientKit product in the targets. For example:
targets: [
        name: "MyProject",
        dependencies: ["PostgresClientKit"]),

Import to your source code file:

import PostgresClientKit


Add PostgresClientKit to your Podfile. For example:

target 'MyApp' do
  pod 'PostgresClientKit', '~> 1.0'

Then run pod install.

Import to your source code file:

import PostgresClientKit


Additional examples


Thank you for your interest in contributing to PostgresClientKit.

This project has a code of conduct. See for details.

Please use issues to:

  • ask questions
  • report problems (bugs)
  • request enhancements

Pull requests against the develop branch are welcomed. For a non-trivial contribution (for example, more than correcting spelling, typos, or whitespace) please first discuss the proposed change by opening an issue.


PostgresClientKit is licensed under the Apache 2.0 license. See LICENSE for details.


PostgresClientKit uses Semantic Versioning 2.0.0. For the versions available, see the tags on this repository.

Built with



  • Swift Tools 5.0.0
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Last updated: Mon Jun 17 2024 12:03:09 GMT-0900 (Hawaii-Aleutian Daylight Time)