PostgREST can expose a single or multiple schema’s tables, views and functions. The active database role must have the usage privilege on the schemas to access them.

Single schema

To expose a single schema, specify a single value in db-schemas.

db-schemas = "api"

This schema is added to the search_path of every request using Transaction-Scoped Settings.

Multiple schemas

To expose multiple schemas, specify a comma-separated list on db-schemas:

db-schemas = "tenant1, tenant2"

To switch schemas, use the Accept-Profile and Content-Profile headers.

If you don’t specify a Profile header, the first schema in the list(tenant1 here) is selected as the default schema.

Only the selected schema gets added to the search_path of every request.


These headers are based on the “Content Negotiation by Profile” spec:


For GET or HEAD, select the schema with Accept-Profile.

GET /items HTTP/1.1
Accept-Profile: tenant2

Other methods

For POST, PATCH, PUT and DELETE, select the schema with Content-Profile.

POST /items HTTP/1.1
Content-Profile: tenant2


You can also select the schema for Stored Procedures and OpenAPI.

Restricted schemas

You can only switch to a schema included in db-schemas. Using another schema will result in an error:

GET /items HTTP/1.1
Accept-Profile: tenant3

  "message":"The schema must be one of the following: tenant1, tenant2"