How to fix PostgreSQL error "duplicate key violates unique constraint"


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How to fix PostgreSQL error "duplicate key violates unique constraint"

If you get this message when trying to insert data into a PostgreSQL database:

ERROR:  duplicate key violates unique constraint

That likely means that the primary key sequence in the table you're working with has somehow become out of sync, likely because of a mass import process (or something along those lines). Call it a "bug by design", but it seems that you have to manually reset the a primary key index after restoring from a dump file. At any rate, to see if your values are out of sync, run these two commands:

SELECT MAX(the_primary_key) FROM the_table;

SELECT nextval('the_primary_key_sequence');

If the first value is higher than the second value, your sequence is out of sync. Back up your PG database (just in case), then run thisL

SELECT setval('the_primary_key_sequence', (SELECT MAX(the_primary_key) FROM the_table)+1);

That will set the sequence to the next available value that's higher than any existing primary key in the sequence.


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