Migrating Oracle to PostgreSQL – A Comprehensive Guide


Newtglobal’s Oracle to PostgreSQL migration guide aims to provide a best practices for migrating Oracle databases to PostgreSQL. It covers the dos and don’ts of migrating Oracle to PostgreSQL , including constructs and features in Oracle not supported by PostgreSQL, and strategies for optimizing Oracle queries for PostgreSQL. This technical guide also discusses the benefits & Oracle to PostgreSQL migration challenges and provides recommendations for a successful migration.


Oracle and PostgreSQL are two popular relational database management systems (RDBMS) widely used in enterprise environments. While Oracle has been the dominant player in the database market for decades, PostgreSQL has gained significant traction in recent years due to its open-source nature, scalability, and cost-effectiveness. As a result, many organizations are considering migrating their Oracle databases to PostgreSQL.

However, migrating Oracle to PostgreSQL is not a straightforward process, as there are significant differences between the two databases in terms of their architecture, data types, and query optimization strategies. Therefore, it is essential to understand the dos and don’ts of migrating Oracle to PostgreSQL to ensure a successful migration.

Constructs and Features in Oracle Not Supported by PostgreSQL:

There are several Oracle constructs and features that are not supported by PostgreSQL, including:

  • PL/SQL: Oracle’s procedural language, PL/SQL, is not supported by PostgreSQL. Therefore, any PL/SQL code must be rewritten or replaced with PostgreSQL’s procedural language, SQL.
  • Oracle-specific data types: Oracle provides several data types that are not supported by PostgreSQL, such as the TIMESTAMP data type. These data types must be converted to PostgreSQL-compatible data types, such as TIMESTAMPTZ.
  • Oracle’s object-relational model: Oracle’s object-relational model allows for the creation of objects, such as packages, procedures, and functions, that are not supported by PostgreSQL. These objects must be rewritten or replaced with PostgreSQL’s equivalent constructs, such as functions and procedures.
  • Oracle’s partitioning: Oracle provides a partitioning feature that allows for the division of large tables into smaller, more manageable pieces. PostgreSQL does not support partitioning, but it does provide a similar feature called table inheritance.
  • Oracle’s advanced queuing: Oracle provides an advanced queuing feature that allows for the creation of queues with multiple consumers and producers. PostgreSQL does not support advanced queuing, but it does provide a simpler queuing mechanism called NOTIFY/LISTEN.

Strategies for Optimizing Oracle Queries for PostgreSQL:

Optimizing Oracle queries for PostgreSQL is essential to ensure that the migrated database performs well. Here are some strategies for optimizing Oracle queries for PostgreSQL:

  • Use efficient data types: PostgreSQL provides several data types that are more efficient than their Oracle counterparts. For example, PostgreSQL’s INTEGER data type is more efficient than Oracle’s NUMBER data type. Using efficient data types can reduce storage requirements and improve query performance.
  • Avoid using Oracle-specific syntax: Oracle’s SQL syntax is different from PostgreSQL’s SQL syntax. Therefore, it is essential to avoid using Oracle-specific syntax in queries to ensure that they are compatible with PostgreSQL.
  • Use indexes wisely: Indexes are essential for improving query performance in both Oracle and PostgreSQL. However, PostgreSQL’s indexing strategy differs from Oracle’s. Therefore, it is important to re-create indexes in PostgreSQL and optimize them for the new database.
  • Use window functions: PostgreSQL provides a powerful window function feature that allows for efficient aggregation and sorting of data. Using window functions can improve query performance and reduce the need for self-joins and subqueries.
  • Avoid using correlated subqueries: Correlated subqueries can be performance-intensive in PostgreSQL. Therefore, it is recommended to avoid using them whenever possible and replace them with joins or window functions.

Benefits of Migrating Oracle to PostgreSQL:

  • Cost Savings: PostgreSQL is open-source, which means that it is free to use and maintain, whereas Oracle is a commercial database that requires licensing fees.
  • Better Performance: PostgreSQL is known for its high performance and ability to handle large volumes of data, making it a suitable choice for organizations with growing data needs.
  • Open-source Community: PostgreSQL has a large and active open-source community that contributes to its development and maintenance, ensuring that it stays up-to-date with the latest technology trends.
  • Extensive Support: PostgreSQL has a wide range of supported programming languages, including Java, Python, Ruby, and C++, making it a versatile choice for organizations with diverse technology stacks.
  • Improved Security: PostgreSQL has a strong focus on security, with features such as encryption, authentication, and access control, making it a more secure option than Oracle.
  • Better Scalability: PostgreSQL is designed to scale horizontally, which means that it can handle increasing amounts of data and user traffic by adding more servers to the cluster, making it a suitable choice for organizations with growing data needs.
  • Improved Data Types: PostgreSQL offers a wider range of data types compared to Oracle, including arrays, hashes, and JSON, making it easier to store and manipulate data.
  • Better Replication: PostgreSQL has a built-in replication feature that allows for easy replication of data across multiple servers, making it easier to ensure data consistency and availability.

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