Migrate data to TimescaleDB from the same PostgreSQL instance

You can migrate data into a TimescaleDB hypertable from a regular PostgreSQL table. This method assumes that you have TimescaleDB set up in the same database instance as your existing table. To migrate between PostgreSQL instances, see the instructions for migrating data from a different database.


Before beginning, make sure you have installed and set up TimescaleDB within your PostgreSQL instance.

You also need a table with existing data. In this example, the source table is named old_table. Replace the table name with your actual table name. The example also names the destination table new_table, but you might want to use a more descriptive name.

Migrate data

Migrate your data into TimescaleDB from within the same database.

Migrating data

  1. Create a new table based on your existing table. You can create your indexes at the same time, so you don't have to recreate them manually. Or you can create the table without indexes, which makes data migration faster.

  2. Convert the new table to a hypertable using the create_hypertable function. Replace ts with the name of the column that holds time values in your table.

    SELECT create_hypertable('new_table', 'ts');
  3. Insert data from the old table to the new table.

    INSERT INTO new_table
      SELECT * FROM old_table;
  4. If you created your new table without indexes, recreate your indexes now.


If you have unique or primary indexes on your old table, you might get an error about indexes and partitioning. See the hypertables and unique indexes section section for more information.

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