2. Difference between Postgres Pro Enterprise and PostgreSQL

Postgres Pro provides the most actual PostgreSQL version with some additional patches applied and extensions added. It includes new features developed by Postgres Professional, as well as third-party patches already accepted by the PostgreSQL community for the upcoming PostgreSQL versions. Postgres Pro Enterprise users thus have early access to important features and fixes.


Postgres Pro Enterprise is provided under the following license: https://postgrespro.com/products/postgrespro/eula. Make sure to review the license terms before downloading Postgres Pro Enterprise.

Postgres Pro Enterprise provides the following enhancements over PostgreSQL:

  • 64-bit transaction IDs that are not subject to wraparound. (See Section 24.1.5.)
  • Page-level compression. (See Chapter 32.)
  • Support for autonomous transactions. (See Chapter 16.)
  • Infrastructure for minor version upgrades without a server restart.
  • Lazy placement of temporary tables on disk. Disk space for temporary tables is allocated only when they exceed the temp_buffers size and have to be spilled to disk. Since disk space for temporary tables is not reserved in advance anymore, it allows to significantly reduce disk usage when working with multiple small temporary tables.
  • Resource prioritization experimental feature, which allows to allocate more resources to high-priority sessions. (See Section 18.4.6.)
  • Automatic page repair via streaming replication from standby in case of data corruption. (See Section
  • Fair lightweight lock scheduling after the specified number of shared locks is acquired. (See lwlock_shared_limit parameter description.)
  • Controlling the amount of cache used by prepared statements. With plan_cache_lru_size or plan_cache_lru_memsize configuration parameters enabled, query trees and generic plans of the least recently used statements are evicted from cache once the specified limit is reached.
  • Improved prioritization of sequential and index scans. (See seq_scan_startup_cost_first_row parameter description.)
  • Improved multi-host connection handling and failover by libpq. (See hostorder and failover_timeout parameter descriptions.)
  • Timeout for idle sessions on the server side. (See idle_session_timeout parameter description.)
  • Enabling libpq to forget the entered password, which allows to prevent reconnections when required by a security policy. (See reusepass parameter description.)
  • Support for timestamp output in pg_waldump.
  • Support for relaxed synchronous replication restrictions, which allows the primary server to continue running while some of the standbys are temporarily unavailable. (See synchronous_standby_gap parameter description.)
  • Built-in connection pooler that can limit the number of backends when working with multiple clients, without imposing restrictions on using session configuration parameters, prepared statements, or temporary tables. (See Chapter 33 for details.)
  • The autoprepare mode that allows to implicitly prepare frequently used statements, thus eliminating the cost of their compilation and planning on each subsequent execution. (See Section 14.6.)
  • Support for changing configuration of other sessions. For example, you can use this feature to switch on debug messages to trace sessions with unexpected behavior. (See Section 9.27.1.)
  • K-nearest neighbors (k-NN) algorithm for B-tree indexes. (See Section 11.13.)
  • Periodic verification of client-server connection during query execution, which allows to detect broken connections earlier and free server resources upon disconnection. (See client_connection_check_interval parameter description.)
  • An improved version of pgbench that handles transactions with serialization or deadlock errors, as well as supports compound commands.
  • Removing a practically reachable limit on the number of entries in ACL (access control list, i.e., privileges list) associated with tables and indexes.
  • The pgpro_stat_wal_activity view that shows the size of WAL files generated by each process.
  • Restoration of corrupted WAL data from in-memory WAL buffers.
  • Advanced authentication policies that provide effective password management and access control. (See CREATE PROFILE and ALTER ROLE).
  • Built-in data security mechanisms that enable sanitizing an object by filling it with zeroes before deletion. Zeroing can be done before purging files in external memory and removing outdated row versions (page vacuum), freeing RAM, and deleting or overwriting WAL files. (Certified edition only.)
  • Verification of unique constraints in B-tree indexes in the amcheck module.

The following enhancements are inherited from Postgres Pro Standard:

  • Improved deadlock detection mechanism that does not cause performance degradation.
  • Better planning speed and accuracy for various query types.
  • Reduced memory consumption in complex queries that involve multiple tables.
  • Displaying planning time in the output of the auto_explain module.
  • NUL byte replacement with the specified ASCII code while loading data using the COPY FROM command. (See nul_byte_replacement_on_import parameter description.)

    '\u0000' character replacement with the specified unicode character when calling a function processing JSONB (See unicode_nul_character_replacement_in_jsonb parameter description.)

  • ICU collation support on all platforms to provide platform-independent sort for various locales. By default, the icu collation provider is used for all locales except C and POSIX. (See Section 23.2.2.)
  • PTRACK implementation, which enables pg_probackup to track page changes on the fly when creating incremental backups.
  • Consistent reads on standby servers. (See WAITLSN.)
  • Support for reading pg_control of previous PostgreSQL/Postgres Pro major versions by pgpro_controldata.
  • Cluster compatibility verification, which allows you to determine whether the current Postgres Pro version is compatible with the specified cluster and identify all parameters that can affect the compatibility without starting the cluster. (See pgpro_controldata and -Z option of postgres.)
  • Changing the restore_command parameter without restarting the server.
  • Improvements for command-line editing using WinEditLine in the Windows version of psql, including autocomplete support in psql console and changing the psql default encoding to UTF-8.
  • Unified structure of binary installation packages across all Linux distributions, which facilitates migration between them and allows to install different PostgreSQL-based products side by side, without any conflicts. (See Chapter 17.)
  • Operation log, which stores information about system events such as an upgrade, execution of pg_resetwal and so on, which is highly useful for vendor's technical support. Recording to the operation log is only done at the system level, and SQL functions are used to read it. (See Section 9.27.12.)

Postgres Pro Enterprise also includes the following additional modules:

  • aqo extension for adaptive query optimization.
  • dump_stat module that allows to save and restore database statistics when dumping/restoring the database.
  • fasttrun module that provides transaction-unsafe function to truncate temporary tables without growing pg_class size.
  • fulleq module that provides additional equivalence operator for compatibility with Microsoft SQL Server.
  • hunspell-dict module that provides dictionaries for several languages.
  • in_memory module that enables you to store data in Postgres Pro shared memory.
  • jsquery module that provides a specific language for effective index-supported querying of JSONB data.
  • mamonsu monitoring service, which is implemented as a Zabbix agent.
  • mchar module that provides additional data type for compatibility with Microsoft SQL Server.
  • multimaster extension that turns Postgres Pro Enterprise into a synchronous shared-nothing cluster to provide Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) scalability for read transactions and high availability with automatic disaster recovery.
  • online_analyze module that provides a set of changes to immediately update statistics after INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE or SELECT INTO operations applied for affected tables.
  • pgbouncer connection pooler.
  • pg_hint_plan module that controls the execution plan by providing hints to the planner.
  • pg_integrity_check module that calculates and validates checksums for controlled files. (Certified edition only.)
  • pg_pathman module that provides optimized partitioning mechanism and functions to manage partitions, as well as declarative syntax. Starting from Postgres Pro 12, using pg_pathman is not recommended. Use vanilla declarative partitioning instead, as described in Section 5.11.
  • pg_proaudit extension that enables detailed logging of various security events.
  • pg_probackup, a backup and recovery manager.
  • pgpro_controldata, an application to display control information of a PostgreSQL/Postgres Pro database cluster and compatibility information for a cluster and/or server.
  • pgpro_pwr extension that enables you to generate workload reports, which help to discover most resource-intensive activities in your database.
  • pgpro_scheduler module that provides background workers for task scheduling.
  • pgpro_stats extension that tracks execution statistics of SQL statements, calculates wait event statistics and provides other useful metrics that are not collected elsewhere in PostgreSQL. It also provides tracing of application sessions and can create views that emulate other statistic collecting extensions.
  • pg_query_state module that enables you to get the current state of query execution for a backend.
  • pg_repack utility for reorganizing tables.
  • pg_transfer module that provides support for relocatable tables.
  • pg_tsparser module, which is an alternative text search parser.
  • pg_variables module that provides functions for working with variables of various types.
  • pg_wait_sampling extension for sampling-based statistics of wait events. With this extension, you can get an insight into the server activity, including the current wait events for all processes and background workers.
  • plantuner module that provides hints for the planner to disable or enable indexes for query execution.
  • rum module that provides RUM index based on GIN.
  • shared_ispell module that enables storing dictionaries in shared memory.
  • sr_plan module that allows to save and restore query plans.
  • vops experimental module that provides a vertical data model for Postgres Pro Enterprise. It can speed up OLAP queries with filtering and aggregation by times.

Postgres Pro Enterprise releases follow PostgreSQL releases, though sometimes occur more frequently. The Postgres Pro Enterprise versioning scheme is based on the PostgreSQL one and has an additional decimal place.