The module provides a C function
pg_buffercache_pages that returns a set of records, plus a view
pg_buffercache that wraps the function for convenient use.
By default, use is restricted to superusers and members of the
pg_monitor role. Access may be granted to others using
The definitions of the columns exposed by the view are shown in Table F.16.
ID, in the range 1..
Filenode number of the relation
Tablespace OID of the relation
Database OID of the relation
Fork number within the relation; see
Page number within the relation
Is the page dirty?
Clock-sweep access count
Number of backends pinning this buffer
There is one row for each buffer in the shared cache. Unused buffers are shown with all fields null except
bufferid. Shared system catalogs are shown as belonging to database zero.
Because the cache is shared by all the databases, there will normally be pages from relations not belonging to the current database. This means that there may not be matching join rows in
pg_class for some rows, or that there could even be incorrect joins. If you are trying to join against
pg_class, it's a good idea to restrict the join to rows having
reldatabase equal to the current database's OID or zero.
Since buffer manager locks are not taken to copy the buffer state data that the view will display, accessing
pg_buffercache view has less impact on normal buffer activity but it doesn't provide a consistent set of results across all buffers. However, we ensure that the information of each buffer is self-consistent.
F.31.2. Sample Output
regression=# SELECT n.nspname, c.relname, count(*) AS buffers FROM pg_buffercache b JOIN pg_class c ON b.relfilenode = pg_relation_filenode(c.oid) AND b.reldatabase IN (0, (SELECT oid FROM pg_database WHERE datname = current_database())) JOIN pg_namespace n ON n.oid = c.relnamespace GROUP BY n.nspname, c.relname ORDER BY 3 DESC LIMIT 10; nspname | relname | buffers ------------+------------------------+--------- public | delete_test_table | 593 public | delete_test_table_pkey | 494 pg_catalog | pg_attribute | 472 public | quad_poly_tbl | 353 public | tenk2 | 349 public | tenk1 | 349 public | gin_test_idx | 306 pg_catalog | pg_largeobject | 206 public | gin_test_tbl | 188 public | spgist_text_tbl | 182 (10 rows)