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Mathesar Documentation


Mathesar is a self-hostable open source project that provides a spreadsheet-like interface to a PostgreSQL database. Our web-based interface helps you and your collaborators set up data models, edit data, and build custom reports — no technical skills needed. You can create a new PostgreSQL database while setting up Mathesar or use our UI to interact with an existing database (or do both).

Try Mathesar

Live demo

See our live demo site to try Mathesar without installing anything.

Try locally

This is a quick way to play with Mathesar locally, but is not appropriate for saving data that you care about or setting up a long-term installation.

  1. With Docker installed, run:

    docker run -it --name mathesar -p 8000:8000 mathesar/mathesar-prod:latest
  2. Visit http://localhost:8000/ to set up an admin user account and create a database connection.

    Tips when trying Mathesar locally
    • To open a psql shell within the container, run:

      docker exec -it mathesar sudo -u postgres psql
    • To stop Mathesar, press Ctrl+C in the shell where it is running.

    • To start again, run docker start mathesar.

    • To remove the Docker container, run docker rm mathesar .

      ⚠️ This will also delete the data that you’ve saved within Mathesar!

Install Mathesar

You can self-host Mathesar by following one of the guides below:

More installation methods coming soon

We’re working on supporting additional installation methods, and we’d appreciate feedback on which ones to prioritize. Please comment on this issue if you have thoughts.

Use Mathesar

Mathesar should be pretty intuitive to use. More documentation is coming soon, but for now, we’ve written some documentation for some things that could be tricky.

Contribute to Mathesar

As an open source project, we actively encourage contribution! Get started by reading our Contributor Guide.

We’re a non-profit and your donations help sustain our core team. You can donate via GitHub or Open Collective.