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Tooling

We've created several open-source tools to help users make the most out of their experience with TimescaleDB.

timescaledb-tune

timescaledb-tune is a command-line tool that helps you tune and configure your TimescaleDB/PostgreSQL instances to leverage your existing hardware for better performance. It accomplishes this by adjusting the settings to match your system's CPU, memory resources, and PostgreSQL version.

timescaledb-tune is packaged along with our binary releases as a dependency, so if you installed one of our binary releases (including Docker), you should have access to the tool. Alternatively, with a standard Go environment, you can go get the repository to install it.

The tool will first analyze the existing postgresql.conf file to ensure that the TimescaleDB extension is appropriately installed, and then it will provide recommendations for memory, parallelism, WAL, and other settings. These changes are written to your postgresql.conf and will take effect on the next (re)start. If you are starting on fresh instance and don't feel the need to approve each group of changes, you can automatically accept and append the suggestions to the end of your postgresql.conf.

For more information on how to get started with timescaledb-tune, visit the GitHub repo.

timescaledb-parallel-copy

timescaledb-parallel-copy is a command-line program for parallelizing PostgreSQL's built-in COPY functionality for bulk inserting data into TimescaleDB. When getting started with TimescaleDB, we recommend this program as a good way to get better bulk insert performance.

The purpose of this tool is to speed up large data migrations by running multiple COPYs concurrently. In addition to parallelizing the workload, the tool also offers flags to improve the copy experience.

To get started with timescaledb-parallel-copy, visit the GitHub repo.

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