You can view your service metrics from the Timescale metrics dashboard. This dashboard gives you service-level information, such as CPU, memory, and storage usage.

You can view your query-level statistics by using the pre-installed pg_stat_statements extension from a PostgreSQL client.

Timescale provides a metrics dashboard for managing your services. You can see the Metrics dashboard in your Timescale account by navigating to the Services section, clicking the service you want to explore, and selecting the Metrics tab.

You can view metrics for your services for any of these time ranges:

  • Last hour, with one minute granularity
  • Last 24 hours, with one minute granularity
  • Last seven days, with one hour granularity
  • Last 30 days, with one hour granularity

To change the view, select the time range from the drop-down menu.

Timescale Metrics dashboard

Additionally, you can turn automatic metric refreshes on and off. When automatic metric refresh is on, the dashboard updates every thirty seconds.

In some cases, gray vertical bars display on the metrics dashboard, like this:

Timescale Metrics not collected

This indicates that metrics have not been collected for the period shown. It does not mean that your Timescale service was down.

Timescale continuously monitors the health and resource consumption of all database services. You can check your health data by navigating to the metrics tab in your service dashboard. These metrics are also monitored by the Timescale operations team.

Timescale metrics dashboard

The pg_stat_statements extension gives you query-level statistics for your SQL statements. It comes pre-installed with Timescale.


For more information about pg_stat_statements, see the PostgreSQL documentation.


You cannot currently enable track_io_timing for your database. Statistics that depend on track_io_timing, such as blk_read_time and blk_write_time, are not collected.

You can view statistics for your queries through the pg_stat_statements extension, which provides a pg_stat_statements view. The recorded statistics include the time spent planning and executing each query; the number of blocks hit, read, and written; and more.

You can query the pg_stat_statements view as you would any PostgreSQL view. The full view includes superuser queries, which are used by Timescale to manage your service in the background. To view only your queries, filter by the current user.

Connect to your database using a PostgreSQL client, such as psql, and run:

SELECT * FROM pg_stat_statements WHERE pg_get_userbyid(userid) = current_user;

With pg_stat_statements, you can view performance statistics that help you monitor and optimize your queries.

Here are some sample scenarios to try.

Identify the 5 longest-running queries by their mean execution time:

SELECT calls,
FROM pg_stat_statements
WHERE pg_get_userbyid(userid) = current_user
ORDER BY mean_exec_time DESC

Identifying queries with highly variable execution time:

The relative standard deviation, or the standard deviation expressed as a percentage of the mean, measures how variable the execution time is. The higher the relative standard deviation, the more variable the query execution time.

SELECT calls,
stddev_exec_time/mean_exec_time*100 AS rel_std_dev,
FROM pg_stat_statements
WHERE pg_get_userbyid(userid) = current_user
ORDER BY rel_std_dev DESC

For more examples and detailed explanations, see the blog post on identifying performance bottlenecks with pg_stat_statements.


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