The Extension Dialog

Use the Extension dialog to install a new extension into the current database. An extension is a collection of SQL objects that add targeted functionality to your Postgres installation. The Extension dialog adds the functionality of an extension to the current database only; you must register the extension in each database that use the extension. Before you load an extension into a database, you should confirm that any pre-requisite files are installed.

The Extension dialog allows you to implement options of the CREATE EXTENSION command through the following dialog tabs: General and Definition. The SQL tab displays the SQL code generated by dialog selections.


Use the fields in the General tab to identify an extension:

  • Use the drop-down listbox in the Name field to select the extension. Each extension must have a unique name.
  • Store notes about the extension in the Comment field.

Click the Definition tab to continue.


Use the Definition tab to select the Schema and Version:

  • Use the drop-down listbox next to Schema to select the name of the schema in which to install the extension’s objects.
  • Use the drop-down listbox next to Version to select the version of the extension to install.

Click the SQL tab to continue.

Your entries in the Extension dialog generate a SQL command (see an example below). Use the SQL tab for review; revisit or switch tabs to make any changes to the SQL command.


The following is an example of the sql command generated by user selections in the Extension dialog:


The command creates the chkpass extension in the public schema. It is version 1.0 of chkpass.

  • Click the Info button (i) to access online help. View context-sensitive help in the Tabbed browser, where a new tab displays the PostgreSQL core documentation.
  • Click the Save button to save work.
  • Click the Cancel button to exit without saving work.
  • Click the Reset button to restore configuration parameters.