PostgreSQL Workload Analyzer


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Thanks to Adrien Nayrat for providing it.

PoWA (PostgreSQL Workload Analyzer) is a performance tool for PostgreSQL 9.4 and newer allowing to collect, aggregate and purge statistics on multiple PostgreSQL instances from various Stats Extensions.

Depending on your needs, you can either use the provided background worker (requires a PostgreSQL restart, and more suited for single-instance setups), or the provided PoWA-collector daemon (does not require a PostgreSQL restart, can gather performance metrics from multiple instances, including standby).

This includes support for various stat extensions:

It supports the following extension:

  • HypoPG, allowing you to create hypothetical indexes and test their usefulness without creating the real index

Additionally, the PoWA User Interface allows you to make the most of this information.

Main components

  • PoWA-archivist is the PostgreSQL extension, collecting statistics.
  • PoWA-collector is the daemon that gather performance metrics from remote PostgreSQL instances (optional) on a dedicated repository server.
  • PoWA-web is the graphical user interface to powa-collected metrics.
  • Stat extensions are the actual source of data.
  • PoWA is the whole project.

You should first take a look at the Quickstart guide.