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Version: v2.x

Get Started with Hasura (Docker) & CockroachDB



Step 1: Get the docker-compose file

Get the Hasura docker-compose file:

# in a new directory run
# or run
curl -o docker-compose.yaml

Step 2: Run Hasura GraphQL Engine and a CockroachDB instance

The following command will run Hasura along with a Postgres database required for its functioning.

$ docker compose up -d

Check that the containers are running:

$ docker ps

a6956d1492fd hasura/graphql-engine ... 1 minute ago Up 10 seconds 8080->8080/tcp ...
f0931e41c608 cockroach ... 1 minute ago Up 10 seconds 26257->26257/tcp ...
42cd380d6ceb postgres ... 1 minute ago Up 10 seconds 5432/tcp ...

Please do note that you will see a Postgres database running, which is used by Hasura to store its configuration (Hasura Metadata).

Step 3: Open the Hasura Console

Head to http://localhost:8080/console to open the Hasura Console.

Step 4: 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 directly or through an environment variable. 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.

Add source

If you're testing Hasura with CockroachDB running locally, read this guide on Docker networking if you're not sure how to reach your CockroachDB database from the Hasura docker container on Linux, Mac or Windows.

Add source added with docker-compose

This example uses the DB url postgresql://root@cockroach:26257/hasura, with the service name cockroach, as both Hasura and the CockroachDB services are configured in the above-mentioned docker-compose.yaml file.

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

Optional: Populate the CockroachDB database

The following examples use author and articles tables, which can be set up as follows.

  1. Connect to the CockroachDB container and start the sql command line tool:
docker exec -it docker-compose-cockroach-cockroach-1 ./cockroach sql --insecure
  1. Once the command line tool has started, execute the following to set up example tables:
id serial PRIMARY KEY,
name text UNIQUE,
"createdAt" timestamp

CREATE TABLE article (
title TEXT,
content TEXT,
author_id INTEGER REFERENCES author(id),
is_published BOOLEAN

-- Inserting sequential ids for demo purposes
-- See
author (id, name, "createdAt")
(1, 'Author 3', '2017-09-21T09:39:44'),
(2, 'Author 4', '2017-09-21T09:50:44');

article (title, content, author_id, is_published)
'Article 1',
'Sample article content 1',
'Article 2',
'Sample article content 2',
'Article 3',
'Sample article content 3',

Step 5: 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 6: 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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