Tips&Tricks: Get long running queries from PostgreSQL

Was looking for a method of getting queries that are running longer than 5 minutes out of a PostgreSQL. This solution needs stats_command_string enabled in the postgresql.conf, though. The query you can run:

echo "select procpid,datname,current_query,now() - pg_stat_activity.query_start as duration from pg_stat_activity where pg_stat_activity.current_query <> ''::text and now() - pg_stat_activity.query_start > interval '5 minutes'" | sudo -u postgres psql


Hope this helps someone!

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4 Responses to “Tips&Tricks: Get long running queries from PostgreSQL”

  1. thomas says:

    very useful to me! thanks!

  2. Ramu Valleti says:

    Excellent, very useful..!

  3. Brad M says:

    Does this still work? It returns immediately on 9.1.4, even after turning on the equivalent options:

    track_activities = true
    track_counts = true

  4. Brad M says:


    select pg_sleep(300);

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