Northwind sample database
Install the PostgreSQL-compatible version of the Northwind dataset on the YugabyteDB distributed SQL database.
You can install and use the Northwind sample database using:
- A local installation of YugabyteDB. To install YugabyteDB, refer to Quick Start.
- A local installation of the YugabyteDB client shells that you use to connect to a cluster in Yugabyte Cloud. To connect to your Yugabyte Cloud cluster, refer to Connect via Client Shell. To get started with Yugabyte Cloud, refer to Get Started.
About the Northwind sample database
The Northwind database is a sample database that was originally created by Microsoft and used as the basis for their tutorials in a variety of database products for decades. The Northwind database contains the sales data for a fictitious company called “Northwind Traders,” which imports and exports specialty foods from around the world. The Northwind database is an excellent tutorial schema for a small-business ERP, with customers, orders, inventory, purchasing, suppliers, shipping, employees, and single-entry accounting. The Northwind database has since been ported to a variety of non-Microsoft databases, including PostgreSQL.
The Northwind dataset includes sample data for the following.
- Suppliers: Suppliers and vendors of Northwind
- Customers: Customers who buy products from Northwind
- Employees: Employee details of Northwind traders
- Products: Product information
- Shippers: The details of the shippers who ship the products from the traders to the end-customers
- Orders and Order_Details: Sales Order transactions taking place between the customers & the company
The Northwind sample database includes 14 tables and the table relationships are showcased in the following entity relationship diagram.
Install the Northwind sample database
The Northwind SQL scripts reside in the
share folder of your YugabyteDB or client shell installation. They can also be found in the
sample directory of the YugabyteDB GitHub repository. The following files will be used for this exercise:
- northwind_ddl.sql — Creates tables and other database objects
- northwind_data.sql — Loads the sample data
Follow the steps here to install the Northwind sample database.
Open the YSQL shell
If you are using a local installation of YugabyteDB, run the
ysqlsh command from the
yugabyte root directory.
If you are connecting to Yugabyte Cloud, run the connection string for your cluster from the the
yugabyte-client root directory. Refer to Connect via Client Shell.
Create the Northwind database
To create the Northwind database, run the following
CREATE DATABASE statement.
CREATE DATABASE northwind;
Confirm that you have the Northwind database by listing the databases on your cluster.
Connect to the Northwind database.
yugabyte=# \c northwind
Build the tables and objects
To build the tables and database objects, execute the
northwind_ddl.sql SQL script.
northwind=# \i share/northwind_ddl.sql
You can verify that all 14 tables have been created by running the
List of relations Schema | Name | Type | Owner --------+------------------------+-------+------- public | categories | table | admin public | customer_customer_demo | table | admin public | customer_demographics | table | admin public | customers | table | admin public | employee_territories | table | admin public | employees | table | admin public | order_details | table | admin public | orders | table | admin public | products | table | admin public | region | table | admin public | shippers | table | admin public | suppliers | table | admin public | territories | table | admin public | us_states | table | admin (14 rows)
Load the sample data
To load the
northwind database with sample data, run the
\i command to execute commands in the
northwind=# \i share/northwind_data.sql
To verify that you have some data to work with, you can run a simple SELECT statement to pull data from the
northwind=# SELECT * FROM customers LIMIT 2;
customer_id | company_name | contact_name | contact_title | address | city | region | postal_code | country | phone | fax -------------+---------------------------+--------------+---------------------+--------------------+-----------+--------+-------------+---------+---------------+------------- FAMIA | Familia Arquibaldo | Aria Cruz | Marketing Assistant | Rua Orós, 92 | Sao Paulo | SP | 05442-030 | Brazil | (11) 555-9857 | VINET | Vins et alcools Chevalier | Paul Henriot | Accounting Manager | 59 rue de l'Abbaye | Reims | | 51100 | France | 184.108.40.206 | 220.127.116.11 (2 rows)
Explore the Northwind database
That’s it! You are now ready to start exploring the Northwind database and YugabyteDB features using the command line or your favorite PostgreSQL tool.