Creating a Read-Only User Account in PostgreSQL

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Hello there 👋,

In the world of databases, access control is paramount. It's not always necessary (or safe) to give every user full access to your database. Sometimes, you just need a user who can read data without the ability to modify it. That's where read-only users come in handy.

So, without further ado, let's dive into the steps:

Step 1: Connect to Your PostgreSQL Database #

First things first, you need to connect to your PostgreSQL database. You can do this using the psql command-line interface or a GUI tool like pgAdmin.

Step 2: Create a New User #

Once connected, you can create a new user with the CREATE USER command. For example:

CREATE USER my_readonly_user;

Step 3: Grant Connect Privilege #

Next, you need to grant the CONNECT privilege to the new user for the database:

GRANT CONNECT ON DATABASE my_database TO my_readonly_user;

Step 4: Set User Permissions #

Now, it's time to set the user permissions. You want to grant USAGE on the schema and SELECT on all tables in the schema:

GRANT USAGE ON SCHEMA public TO my_readonly_user;
GRANT SELECT ON ALL TABLES IN SCHEMA public TO my_readonly_user;

And voila! You've created a read-only user in PostgreSQL.

Remember, creating a read-only user is a great way to provide data access while maintaining control over your database. It's perfect for users who need to view data but should not be able to modify it.

We hope you find this guide helpful. As always, we're here to make your database journey smoother and more efficient. If you have any questions or feedback, don't hesitate to let us know.

Happy querying,

The ChatDB Team