Listen for a notification event.





The name of the notify condition for which you want the backend to listen.



The message returned when a command is successful, and the backend process is listening for notification.

NOTICE: Async_Listen: We are already listening on name

The notice returned if the backend is already listening for the specified notify condition name.


The NOTIFY and LISTEN commands work together to create a system for PostgreSQL components to communicate between themselves. Use the LISTEN command to start the backend process listening for a notification named name. Notifications are passed by the NOTIFY command, which is usually placed in rules related to changes of various database components; in this way, notifications are sent out to listeners when things are changed.

All running backend processes that are listening for a specific notification are sent that notification when a NOTIFY command is issued for it by any of the processes. When a backend process receives a notification, that notification is sent to the client application (such as psql), which then handles the notification in whatever manner it is written for. For more information about this method of IPC (inter-process communication), see the reference entry titled “NOTIFY.”

You can use any valid string no longer than 31 characters for the name of the notification to listen for (this is also true for the NOTIFY command). To stop a backend process from ...

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