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Version: v2.x

Using Hasura Cloud with an ElephantSQL Postgres database

Available on: Cloud


This guide explains how to connect a new or existing ElephantSQL Postgres database to a Hasura Cloud project.

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 ElephantSQL (skip if you have an existing DB)​

Log into ElephantSQL.

If this is your first time logging into ElephantSQL, you'll need to create a team. Complete the form and click Create team.

Create Elephant team

From here, you'll need to create a new instance:

Create new Elephant instance

Choose a name, plan, and - if necessary - tags for this instance. Click Select Region when complete:

Add details to Elephant instance

Choose a region and click Review:

Choose region for Elephant instance

Confirm your selections and click Create instance:

Create Elephant instance

Congratulations! You've now created an ElephantSQL Postgres instance you can use with Hasura GraphQL Engine. Follow the steps below to connect it to Hasura.

Step 4: Get the database connection URL​

From your dashboard, click on the name of your instance:

Choose Elephant instance

The structure of the database connection URL looks as follows:


From the Details view, copy the URL string to your clipboard:

Get the connection string for the database

Step 5: Finish connecting the database​

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

Add the connection string to your Hasura Console

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).

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