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BigQuery Foreign Data Wrapper for PostgreSQL

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bigquery_fdw is a BigQuery foreign data wrapper for PostgreSQL using Multicorn.

It allows to write queries in PostgreSQL SQL syntax using a foreign table. It supports most of BigQuery’s data types and operators.

Features and limitations

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  • PostgreSQL >= 9.5
  • Python >= 3.4

⚠️ Migrating to version 1.8 from versions 1.7 and below

Starting with version 1.8, the fdw_key option is deprecated and replaced with a default environment variable. See Authentication.

Get started

Using docker

See getting started with Docker

Installation on Debian/Ubuntu

Dependencies required to install bigquery_fdw:

You need to install the following dependencies:

# Install required packages
apt-get update
apt-get install --yes postgresql-server-dev-12 python3-setuptools python3-dev make gcc git

For PostgresSQL 9.X, install postgresql-server-dev-9.X instead of postgresql-server-dev-12.

All PostgreSQL versions from 9.2 to 12 should be supported. Building Multicorn against PostgreSQL 13 is currently not working properly (as of 1/21/2013).


# Install Multicorn
# gabfl/Multicorn is a fork of Segfault-Inc/Multicorn that adds better support for Python3.
# You may chose to build against the original project instead.
git clone git:// && cd Multicorn
make && make install

# Install bigquery_fdw
pip3 install bigquery-fdw

Major dependencies installed automatically during the installation process:


bigquery_fdw relies on Google Cloud API’s default authentication.

Your need to have an environment variable GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS that has to be accessible by bigquery_fdw. Setting environment variables varies depending on OS but for Ubuntu or Debian, the preferred way is to edit /etc/postgresql/[version]/main/environment and add:


Restarting PostgreSQL is required for the environment variable to be loaded.


We recommend testing the BigQuery client connectivity before trying to use the FDW.

With psql:


    wrapper 'bigquery_fdw.fdw.ConstantForeignDataWrapper'

CREATE FOREIGN TABLE my_bigquery_table (
    column1 text,
    column2 bigint
) SERVER bigquery_srv
    fdw_dataset  'my_dataset',
    fdw_table 'my_table'


List of options implemented in CREATE FOREIGN TABLE syntax:

Option Default Description
BigQuery dataset name
BigQuery table name
Convert BigQuery time zone for dates and timestamps to selected time zone. Example: 'US/Eastern'.
fdw_group 'false' See Remote grouping and counting.
See Casting.
fdw_verbose 'false' Set to 'true' to output debug information in PostrgeSQL’s logs
fdw_sql_dialect 'standard' BigQuery SQL dialect. Currently only standard is supported.

More documentation

See bigquery_fdw documentation.

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