postgrest VS TimescaleDB

Compare postgrest vs TimescaleDB and see what are their differences.


An open-source time-series SQL database optimized for fast ingest and complex queries. Packaged as a PostgreSQL extension. (by timescale)
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postgrest TimescaleDB
76 71
20,236 14,711
1.4% 2.1%
8.7 9.8
3 days ago 2 days ago
Haskell C
MIT License GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
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Posts with mentions or reviews of postgrest. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-03-21.
  • is it a good idea to develop a database with direct rest API access??
    2 projects | | 21 Mar 2023
  • Is a custom CMS a bad idea?
    2 projects | | 20 Mar 2023
    wait till you find out
  • How to use Supabase RLS with third-party client library?
    2 projects | | 17 Feb 2023
    Yes that's exactly what I'm reading here and there. It seems to be the approach that Supabase is taking itself when receiving queries via their API gateway, powered by PostgREST. I had a look at the source code for the latter and it's basically converting the claims in the received JWT into as many local set_config() calls (basically a wrapper function around SET LOCAL). See this related discussion.
  • Can't link fresh project - problem with underlying postgrest version not supporting 15.
    2 projects | | 29 Jan 2023
    I suspect this is the culprit (might be wrong):
  • Show HN: Rest – Instant RESTful API on Any SQL Database
    2 projects | | 26 Jan 2023
    Pretty cool - wonder how it compares to Postgrest (

    Generally been a fan of these sorts of models - SQL data is very malleable - and treating the tables as movable from the start really helps move faster as a developer - database migrations become easier as you don't need to do a lot of work with API.

    I can see how this would cause problems if you always used this in production after finding a fit for the data model - but for rapid prototyping and development - big fan.

  • Architecture Pitfalls: Don’t use your ORM entities for everything — embrace the SQL!
    5 projects | | 12 Jan 2023
    Just as an addendum, the team are bullish on the power and value of leaning heavily into the database. iirc, they're also the team behind postgREST which makes it easy to spin up a full REST API on the back of a PostgREST database. I used to think this kind of approach was a disaster, but I've changed my mind significantly. When being willing to use stored procedures, you can spin up this REST API, AND use the same stored procedures for your application as well, to ensure consistency of business logic, all without needing a separate business logic API middleware service between DB and the rest of the world. It's not all roses, but it is pretty amazing.
  • PostgREST – Serve a RESTful API from Any Postgres Database
    22 projects | | 29 Dec 2022
    At work, we've finally replaced a large part of a custom (mostly-)web backend with PostgREST recently, and that's quite a relief: considerably less code to maintain in that project now, and that was a rather awkward code. Something akin to PostgREST's "Embedding with Top-level Filtering" [1] had to be provided for all the tables, with OpenAPI schema and a typed API (Haskell + Servant); I avoided manually writing it all down, but at the cost of poking framework internals, and maintainability suffered. It was particularly annoying that the code doesn't really do anything useful, except for standing between a database and an HTTP client, and simply mimics the database anyway. Whenever a change had to be introduced, it was introduced into the database, the backend, and the frontend simultaneously, so it wasn't even useful for some kind of compatibility.

    Now PostgREST handles all that, and only a few less trivial endpoints are handled by a custom backend (including streaming, which I'm considering replacing with postgrest-websocket [2] at some point).

    During the switch to PostgREST, the encountered minor issues were those with inherited tables (had to set a bunch of computed/virtual columns [3] in order to "embed" those), and with a bug on filtering using such relations (turned out it was an already-fixed regression [4], so an update helped). Also a couple of helper stored procedures (to use via /rpc/) for updates in multiple tables at once (many-to-many relationships, to edit entities along with their relationships, using fewer requests) were added (though the old custom backend didn't have that), the security policies were set from the beginning, the frontend was rewritten (which allowed to finally switch without adding more work), so it was only left to cleanup the backend.

    Not using views, since as mentioned above, database changes usually correspond to frontend changes, and the API doesn't have to be that stable yet.

    Happy with it so far.





    22 projects | | 29 Dec 2022
    For how often Nix is mentioned here on HackerNews, has anybody looked at the Nix config files for this repo to build it locally?

  • Looking for a boilerplate
    3 projects | | 25 Dec 2022
    I don't know for the stack you're looking for but is this close enough ?
  • Should I replace all db select query REST APIs with a single generic router ?
    3 projects | | 19 Dec 2022
    It's neither MySQL nor Go, but has figured out most of the patterns and API designs you could follow.


Posts with mentions or reviews of TimescaleDB. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-02-10.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing postgrest and TimescaleDB you can also consider the following projects:

Hasura - Blazing fast, instant realtime GraphQL APIs on your DB with fine grained access control, also trigger webhooks on database events.

supabase - The open source Firebase alternative. Follow to stay updated about our public Beta.

ClickHouse - ClickHouse® is a free analytics DBMS for big data

promscale - [DEPRECATED] Promscale is a unified metric and trace observability backend for Prometheus, Jaeger and OpenTelemetry built on PostgreSQL and TimescaleDB.

TDengine - TDengine is an open source, high-performance, cloud native time-series database optimized for Internet of Things (IoT), Connected Cars, Industrial IoT and DevOps.

GORM - The fantastic ORM library for Golang, aims to be developer friendly

postgres-websockets - PostgreSQL + Websockets

temporal_tables - Temporal Tables PostgreSQL Extension

Telegraf - The plugin-driven server agent for collecting & reporting metrics.

Appwrite - Secure Backend Server for Web, Mobile & Flutter Developers 🚀 AKA the 100% open-source Firebase alternative.

pgbouncer - lightweight connection pooler for PostgreSQL

metabase-clickhouse-driver - ClickHouse database driver for the Metabase business intelligence front-end