# 52.3. pg_am

The catalog pg_am stores information about relation access methods. There is one row for each access method supported by the system. Currently, only tables and indexes have access methods. The requirements for table and index access methods are discussed in detail in Chapter 61 and Chapter 62 respectively.

Table 52.3. pg_am Columns

Column Type

Description
oid oid

Row identifier
amname name

Name of the access method
amhandler regproc (references pg_proc.oid)

OID of a handler function that is responsible for supplying information about the access method
amtype char

t = table (including materialized views), i = index.

# Note

Before PostgreSQL 9.6, pg_am contained many additional columns representing properties of index access methods. That data is now only directly visible at the C code level. However, pg_index_column_has_property() and related functions have been added to allow SQL queries to inspect index access method properties; see Table 9.70.