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Version: v2.x

Using Hasura Cloud with a Google AlloyDB Postgres Database

Available on: Cloud


This guide explains how to connect a new or existing Google AlloyDB Postgres database to a Hasura Cloud project. If you're exploring AlloyDB Postgres, check out their docs before continuing below.

Step 1: Sign up or log in to Hasura Cloud

Navigate to Hasura Cloud and sign up or log in.

Step 2: Create a Hasura Cloud project

On the Hasura Cloud dashboard, create a new project:

Create Hasura Cloud project

After the project is initialized successfully, click on Launch Console to open the Hasura Console in your browser.

On the Hasura Console, navigate to Data -> Manage -> Connect Database -> Connect existing database:

You will get prompted for a Postgres Database URL. We will create this in the next step and then come back here.

Hasura Cloud database setup

Step 3: Create an AlloyDB database

Head here to learn more about and to try AlloyDB. If logged in, click Go to console:

AlloyDB splash page

You'll be redirected to GCP where you can get started with AlloyDB by clicking ENABLE:

AlloyDB enable page

To get started, create a cluster by clicking CREATE CLUSTER:

AlloyDB create cluster

If not already enabled, click, ENABLE APIS:

AlloyDB enable APIs

Choose your cluster type:

AlloyDB choose cluster

As GCP states, your selection isn't permanent. At the time of writing this document, only two options are available as the others are currently in development: Highly available and Highly available with read pools.

Configure your cluster by providing the information required:

AlloyDB configure cluster

Under the Networking tab, you'll be prompted to set up a list of IP addresses for your services. Click SET UP CONNECTION:

AlloyDB set up connection

Either select an IP range or let GCP automatically allocate a range. After making your selection, click CONTINUE and then CREATE CONNECTION:

AlloyDB allocate IP

With your cluster configured, you now need to configure your primary instance. Fill in the required information before clicking CREATE CLUSTER:

AlloyDB cluster created

Step 4: Create an AlloyDB auth proxy

AlloyDB requires an auth proxy to make authorized, encrypted connections to an instance. You can follow GCP's instructions, found here, to create your auth proxy and generate a connection string to use with Hasura. However, we'll also continue below with a Hasura-specific implementation.

Create a GCE instance

Create a Compute Engine VM that can connect to AlloyDB instances using private services access.

Navigate to the VM Instances page and click CREATE INSTANCE:

AlloyDB VM create instance

Provide a name for this instance and set the following properties:

  • Access scopes

    Set to Allow full access to all Cloud APIs.

  • Network interfaces

    Set to the VPC network configured for private services access to your AlloyDB instance.


    For the best performance, select the GCE region as the same or closest to your Hasura Cloud project's region.


Get the IP address of the AlloyDB instance

From the cluster listing page for your AlloyDB instance, get the private IP address of the instance. You'll use this in the next step to run the auth proxy and connect it to the AlloyDB instance:

AlloyDB get IP of db

From your GCE-created VM instance, download the auth proxy and, per GCP's instructions, make the file executable.

You can start the auth proxy by running this command:

./alloydb-auth-proxy "projects/<project-id>/locations/<region>/clusters/<alloydb-cluster-id>/instances/<alloydb-instance-id>" --address ""

This starts the auth proxy client and exposes it to the public. Do note that this setup is an ephemeral one. You should run the auth proxy in a permanent mode (for example, via docker detached mode).

Additionally, you may have to specify a different version of the auth proxy, such as alloydb-auth-proxy.linux.amd64.

Step 5: Add a firewall rule

With our auth proxy now running, you'll need to create a firewall rule that allows a connection from your Hasura Cloud project. From your project's dashboard, copy the Hasura Cloud IP address:

AlloyDB get IP of Hasura Cloud project

Within the VPC Firewall settings, add a new rule by clicking, CREATE FIREWALL RULE:

AlloyDB create firewall rule

Permit connections to port 5432 and specify the Hasura Cloud IP address in the IPv4 range and click CREATE:

AlloyDB firewall rule settings

Step 6: Construct the database connection URL and connect the database

The structure of the database connection URL looks as follows:

  • The database-user and database-name are both postgres by default.
  • The postgres-password is the password you entered when creating the AlloyDB cluster in step 3.
  • The ip-address-of-gce-instance is from step 4 when you created a GCE VM instance.

Back on Hasura Console, enter the database URL:

AlloyDB connect db

Then click Connect Database.


For security reasons, it is recommended to set database URLs as env vars and using the env vars to connect to the databases in place of the raw database URLs.

Voilà. You are ready to start developing.

Hasura console

Next steps

You can check out our 30-Minute Hasura Basics Course and other GraphQL & Hasura Courses for a more detailed introduction to Hasura.

You can also click the gear icon to manage your Hasura Cloud project. (e.g. add collaborators, env vars or custom domains).

Project actions

For more information on which Postgres features we support, check out this page!