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Version: v2.x

Get Started with Hasura Cloud & CockroachDB


Step 1: Create an account on Hasura Cloud and create a new Hasura Project

Navigate to, and create a new Hasura Cloud account.

Once you create a project on Hasura Cloud, hit the "Launch Console" button to open the Hasura Console for your project.

Connect new or existing database

Step 2: Add your CockroachDB database as a source to Hasura

In the Data > Data Manager > Connect Existing Database section on the Console, select CockroachDB from the Data Source Driver dropdown and add the connection string. As CockroachDB speaks the same protocol as Postgres, the connection string will start with postgres://, i.e, there is no difference between CockroachDB's connection strings and Postgres’s connection strings.

CockroachDB requires an SSL root certificate by default. To use this, you must set an environment variable for your Hasura GraphQL Engine instance with the contents of the certificate as the value, and then specify the name of the environment variable as the SSL Root Certificate.


Pay extra notice that if you use one of CockroachDB's serverless databases, you will be prompted with a connection string that contains the parameter sslverify. You must add this parameter manually via the "SSL Certificates Settings" section.

Depending on how you have configured Network Authorization on your CockroachDB Serverless database, you will also need to either add the Hasura IP (which can be found on the General tab of your Hasura Project details page) to the allowlist, or setup a dedicated VPC.

Add source

Once you add the database, you'll see your database pop up on the sidebar.

Step 3: Track existing tables or create new tables

If you have existing tables, head to the database page by clicking on the database name on the sidebar. You should see a list of tables.

Track tables selectively or all of them so that Hasura can introspect the tables and create the corresponding GraphQL schema.

Track tables

If you have foreign keys, you'll also see suggested relationships. Again, you can choose to track them selectively or all at once.

Track foreign-key relationships

If you don't have existing tables, go ahead and add new tables and data and try out some queries, just like with a regular Postgres database.

Add a new table

Step 4: Try out a GraphQL query

Head to the API tab in the Console and try running a GraphQL query! Use the explorer sidebar on GraphQL to get help in creating a GraphQL query.

Make GraphQL query

Keep up to date

Hasura currently supports queries, relationships, and mutations on CockroachDB.

Please refer to the Postgres docs on how you can try these features out via the Console or by manipulating Metadata in JSON/YAML directly.

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