Amazon Redshift
Database Developer Guide (API Version 2012-12-01)


Captures the query text for SQL commands.

Query the STL_QUERYTEXT table to capture the SQL that was logged for the following statements:



  • COPY



To query activity for these statements over a given time period, join the STL_QUERYTEXT and STL_QUERY tables.


The STL_QUERY and STL_QUERYTEXT tables only contain information about queries, not other utility and DDL commands. For a listing and information on all statements executed by Amazon Redshift, you can also query the STL_DDLTEXT and STL_UTILITYTEXT tables. For a complete listing of all statements executed by Amazon Redshift, you can query the SVL_STATEMENTTEXT view.


This table is visible to all users. Superusers can see all rows; regular users can see only their own data. For more information, see Visibility of Data in System Tables and Views.

Table Columns

Column Name Data Type Description
userid integer ID of the user who generated the entry.
xid bigint Transaction ID.
pid integer Process ID. Normally, all of the queries in a session are run in the same process, so this value usually remains constant if you run a series of queries in the same session. Following certain internal events, Amazon Redshift might restart an active session and assign a new PID. For more information, see STL_RESTARTED_SESSIONS. You can use this column to join to the STL_ERROR table.
query integer Query ID. The query column can be used to join other system tables and views.
sequence integer When a single statement contains more than 200 characters, additional rows are logged for that statement. Sequence 0 is the first row, 1 is the second, and so on.
text character(200) SQL text, in 200-character increments.

Sample Queries

You can use the PG_BACKEND_PID() function to retrieve information for the current session. For example, the following query returns the query ID and a portion of the query text for queries executed in the current session.

select query, substring(text,1,60) from stl_querytext where pid = pg_backend_pid() order by query desc; query | substring -------+-------------------------------------------------------------- 28262 | select query, substring(text,1,80) from stl_querytext where 28252 | select query, substring(path,0,80) as path from stl_unload_l 28248 | copy category from 's3://dw-tickit/manifest/category/1030_ma 28247 | Count rows in target table 28245 | unload ('select * from category') to 's3://dw-tickit/manifes 28240 | select query, substring(text,1,40) from stl_querytext where (6 rows)