pgAdmin is a free, reliable, open source graphical query tool that can be used to access any postgreSQL database. A wealth of information about pgAdmin is available on the internet including the pgAdmin III Documenation Website. Using pgAdmin necessitates that you install postgreSQL on your local machine, even though you need not download the AACT database to your local machine. Use of this tool assumes a basic understanding of SQL.
AACT is currently running on version 9.5.4 of PostgreSQL; it's recommended you install this version or higher. Refer to PostgreSQL Downloads for free software and installation instructions.
Download version pgAdmin v1.22.1 or greater from the PostgreSQL site.
Mac Users: Click on the .dmg file (not .dmg.sig).
PC Users: Click on the .zip file (not .zip.sig).
The following instructions present examples for pgAdmin3 on a PC. Screenshots will appear differently for other versions and/or operating systems.
Once pgAdmin3 is installed, launch the application and click on the plug icon in the upper left of the top menu bar.
Enter "New Server Registration" info with the following credentials and press [OK] in the lower right of the dialog box.
Hostname: aact-prod.cr4nrslb1lw7.us-east-1.rds.amazonaws.com Port: 5432 Database name: aact User name: aact Password: aact
Click the AACT server icon that was just created in the left pane and scroll to the property in the right pane to confirm that 'Connected?' status is 'Yes'.
Double click the AACT server icon to expand the folder. Under 'Databases', click AACT. (Note: There might be a red x over the database icon when you first navigate to this structure. It should go away after being clicked.)
With the AACT database selected, click the 'SQL' icon from the top menu bar.
This will trigger a popout dialog tool that allows you to enter SQL queries.
Enter queries in the SQL Editor in the upper left, and run them against the AACT database by pressing the green triangular play button.
A simple example of a query that returns the number of studies in the AACT database: