Type: bool
Default: on
Context: sighup
Restart: false

Controls whether the server should run the autovacuum launcher daemon. This is on by default; however, track_counts must also be enabled for autovacuum to work. This parameter can only be set in the postgresql.conf file or on the server command line; however, autovacuuming can be disabled for individual tables by changing table storage parameters.

Note that even when this parameter is disabled, the system will launch autovacuum processes if necessary to prevent transaction ID wraparound. See vacuum-for-wraparound for more information.


Starts the daemon which cleans up your tables and indexes, preventing bloat and poor response times. The only reason to set it to “off” is for databases which regularly do large batch operations like ETL. Note that you can adjust the frequency or stop autovacuum on individual tables by adding rows to the pg_autovacuum system table.