Postgress extention using ChatGPT3

Posted on Mar 11, 2023

This blog post will dive into building postgres extensions using pgx in rust. In order to do something existing we will ride the hype curve and integrate ChatGPT3 into postgres.

TLDR: repo


First step is to set up pgx:

$ cargo install --locked cargo-pgx
$ cargo pgx init

We will then create a new create using:

$ cargo pgx new my_extension
$ cd my_extension

Which should give you something like:

├── Cargo.toml
├── postchat.control
├── sql
└── src

to make sure everything is set up correct run:

$ cargo pgx run

This will give you a psql shell, first step is to load your extensions:

$ postchat=# CREATE EXTENSION postchat;

if the extension already exsist first drop it DROP EXTENSION postchat;

Useful command is also \df to show all functions.

SELECT * FROM hello_postchat();


Ok, so the dummy test works. Next step is to make a client call to ChatGpt3 using rust, in this case we will use the openai-api crate. A simple example to invoke the API is:

use openai_api::Client;

async fn main() {

    let api_token = std::env::var("OPENAI_SK").unwrap();
    let client = Client::new(&api_token);
    let prompt = String::from("Once upon a time,");

before a token to OPENAI needs to be set:


to run use: cargo run which gives:

cargo run
    Finished dev [unoptimized + debuginfo] target(s) in 0.31s
     Running `target/debug/postchat`
Once upon a time, the belief in chaos and entropy was dominant, a belief credited to the first French

how ever the input will differ between runs. Now when we know how to call rust we need to get it inside a pgx rust extension. This primarly builds around calling async code from a none async function and boils down to:

async fn prompt(input: &str) -> String {
    let api_token = std::env::var("OPENAI_SK").unwrap();
    let client = Client::new(&api_token);
    let prompt = String::from(input);
    let res = client.complete_prompt(prompt.as_str()).await.unwrap();
    return res.to_string()

fn chaty(input: &str) -> String {
    // Create the runtime
    let mut rt = Runtime::new().unwrap();
    // Spawn a future onto the runtime
    return rt.block_on(prompt(input)); 

Lets create a table to try it out and add some data to it:

    id serial PRIMARY KEY,
    chat TEXT
INSERT INTO testy (chat)
    ('tell me something cool'),
    ('why is that cool');

now we can run some chatgpt from Postgres

SELECT chaty(chat) FROM testy;

This is a dummy example and will not scale due to multiple reasons out of which one is that that we create a new client for each entry in the table, but is still a fun hack :).