31.19. Behavior in Threaded Programs
libpq is reentrant and thread-safe by default. You might need to use special compiler command-line options when you compile your application code. Refer to your system's documentation for information about how to build thread-enabled applications, or look in
PTHREAD_LIBS. This function allows the querying of libpq's thread-safe status:
One thread restriction is that no two threads attempt to manipulate the same
PGconn object at the same time. In particular, you cannot issue concurrent commands from different threads through the same connection object. (If you need to run concurrent commands, use multiple connections.)
PGresult objects are normally read-only after creation, and so can be passed around freely between threads. However, if you use any of the
PGresult-modifying functions described in Section 31.11 or Section 31.13, it's up to you to avoid concurrent operations on the same
The deprecated functions
PQoidStatus are not thread-safe and should not be used in multithread programs.
PQrequestCancel can be replaced by
PQoidStatus can be replaced by
If you are using Kerberos inside your application (in addition to inside libpq), you will need to do locking around Kerberos calls because Kerberos functions are not thread-safe. See function
PQregisterThreadLock in the libpq source code for a way to do cooperative locking between libpq and your application.
If you experience problems with threaded applications, run the program in
src/tools/thread to see if your platform has thread-unsafe functions. This program is run by
configure, but for binary distributions your library might not match the library used to build the binaries.