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Version: v2.x

Using Hasura Cloud with a Digital Ocean Postgres Database

Available on: Cloud


This guide explains how to connect a new or existing Digital Ocean Postgres database to a Hasura Cloud project. If you're exploring Digital Ocean Postgres and are interested in migrating an existing Postgres database - such as from Heroku - 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 a Postgres DB on Digital Ocean (skip if you have an existing DB)

Log into Digital Ocean.

On the top right, click the Create button. Then click on Databases:

Create database on Digital Ocean

Scroll down and choose a Cluster configuration, as well as a Datacenter based on your requirements.

Scroll to the bottom and choose a unique database cluster name. Also, select a project the new database will be associated with.

Select cluster name for database on Digital Ocean

Then click Create a Database Cluster.

Step 4: Allow connections to your DB from Hasura Cloud

Navigate to the database cluster's Overview page:

Navigate to database settings in Digital Ocean

Scroll down to Trusted sources and click the Edit button:

Edit trusted sources for database in Digital Ocean

Copy the IP address from the copy icon in the Hasura Cloud IP field on the project's details view on Hasura Cloud.

Hasura Cloud IP field

Enter the Hasura IP address that you copied:

Add Hasura IP to database in Digital Ocean

Then click Save.


If you're using a database user other than the default one, make sure to give it the right Postgres permissions.

Step 5: Get the database connection URL

The structure of the database connection URL looks as follows:


To get it, navigate to the database cluster's Overview page:

Navigate to database overview in Digital Ocean

Scroll down to Connection details. Select Public network on the left and Connection string on the right.

Get the database connection string in Digital Ocean

Then click the Copy button for the next step.

Step 6: Finish connecting the database

Back on Hasura Console, enter the database URL that we retrieved in step 5:

Database setup

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!