52.3. pg_am

The catalog pg_am stores information about relation access methods. There is one row for each access method supported by the system. Currently, only tables and indexes have access methods. The requirements for table and index access methods are discussed in detail in Chapter 59 and Chapter 60 respectively.

Table 52.3. pg_am Columns

oidoid Row identifier
amnamename Name of the access method
amhandlerregprocpg_proc.oid OID of a handler function that is responsible for supplying information about the access method
amtypechar t = table (including materialized views), i = index.


Before Postgres Pro 9.6, pg_am contained many additional columns representing properties of index access methods. That data is now only directly visible at the C code level. However, pg_index_column_has_property() and related functions have been added to allow SQL queries to inspect index access method properties; see Table 9.68.