pgdump Provider Configuration [pgdump]

Backs up a PostgreSQL instance using the pgdump utility.


format = custom | tar | plain (default: custom)

Defines the –format option for pg_dump. This defaults to –format=custom. The custom format is required for pg_restore to do partial restore as well as enabling parallel restores. If set to custom, the –compress option will be passed to pgdump

additional-options = <command-string>

Pass additional options to the pg_dump command

Only the ‘level’ option will be used if ‘format=custom’


Specify various compression settings, such as compression utility, compression level, etc.

method = gzip| gzip-rsyncable | pigz | bzip2 | pbzip2 | lzop | lzma | gpg | zstd

Define which compression method to use. Note that some methods may not be available by default on every system and may need to be compiled or installed.

For gpg compression, a key should already exist(gpg --gen-key) and default-recipient must be configured in ~/.gnupg/gpg.conf.

inline = yes | no

Whether or not to pipe the output of the backup command into the compression utility. Enabling this is recommended since it usually only marginally impacts performance, particularly when using a lower compression level.

level = 0-9

Specify the compression ratio. The lower the number, the lower the compression ratio, but the faster the backup will take. Generally, setting the lever to 1 or 2 results in favorable compression of textual data and is noticeably faster than the higher levels. Setting the level to 0 effectively disables compression.

bin-path = <full path to utility>

This only needs to be defined if the compression utility is not in the usual places or not in the system path.

options = <string>

Add commandline options to the configuration compression command.

options = “-Q4”

split = yes | no

Defautls to no. If set the backup will be piped through the split command. This may be useful for user’s with large databases, as some backup systems perform better with many smaller files instead of 1 large one. This defaults to 1GB file size, so this option isn’t helpful if your dumps are smaller than that.

For python2.6, this option will be disabled if the subprocess32 module isn’t avaiable.

New in version 1.1.13.


username = <name>

Username for pg_dump to authenticate with

password = <string>

Password for pg_dump to authenticate with

hostname = <string>

Hostname for pg_dump to connect with

port = <integer>

TCP port for pg_dump to connect on