After creating a Timescale database, you're ready to create your first hypertable. Creating a hypertable is a two-step process:
- Create a PostgreSQL table as usual
- Convert it to a hypertable
You can also create distributed hypertables. For more information, see the distributed hypertables section.
To create a hypertable, you need to create a standard PostgreSQL table, and then convert it into a hypertable.
Hypertables are intended for time-series data, so your table needs a column that holds time values. This can be a timestamp, date, or integer.
Create a standard PostgreSQL table:CREATE TABLE conditions (time TIMESTAMPTZ NOT NULL,location TEXT NOT NULL,device TEXT NOT NULL,temperature DOUBLE PRECISION NULL,humidity DOUBLE PRECISION NULL);
Convert the table to a hypertable. Specify the name of the table you want to convert, and the column that holds its time values.SELECT create_hypertable('conditions', 'time');
If your table already has data, you can migrate the data when creating the hypertable. Set the
migrate_data argument to true when you call the
create_hypertable function. This might take a long time if you have a lot of data. For more information about migrating data, see the data migration section.
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