Connecting Hasura to a Crunchy Postgres Database
This guide explains how to connect a new or existing Crunchy Postgres database to a Hasura instance, either on Hasura Cloud or via one of our self-hosted solutions. If you're exploring Crunchy Postgres and are interested in migrating an existing Postgres database - such as from Heroku - check out their docs before continuing below.
If you plan on using Hasura Cloud, which we recommend, follow steps 1 and 2 below. If you're self-hosting a Hasura instance and already have a project running, skip to step 3.
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:
After the project is initialized successfully, click on
Launch Console to open the Hasura Console in your browser.
On the Hasura Console, navigate to the
Data tab and choose
Connect Existing Database. Hasura will prompt you for a
Postgres Database URL. We'll create this in the next step and then come back here.
Step 3: Create a Postgres DB on Crunchy
Log into Crunchy.
From your dashboard, click
Fill in the necessary information and click
After creating the cluster, you'll be redirected to its dashboard. Keep an eye on the
Status row of the Cluster
Overview card. While you can access your connection string immediately, the cluster must first be provisioned in order
for Hasura to be able to connect.
Congratulations! You've now created a Postgres instance on Crunchy which you can use with Hasura GraphQL Engine. Follow the steps below to connect it to Hasura.
Step 4: Get the database connection URL
The structure of the database connection URL looks as follows:
Click on the Hasura card to see your connection string:
At the bottom of the instructions, we'll select
Superuser (which will be
postgres) for our role:
Copy the connection string:
Step 5: Finish connecting the database
Back on the Hasura Console, enter the database URL that we retrieved in the previous step:
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.
You can check out our 30-Minute Hasura Basics Course and other GraphQL & Hasura Courses for a more detailed introduction to Hasura.
If using Hasura Cloud, you can also click the gear icon to manage your Hasura Cloud project. (e.g. add collaborators, env vars or custom domains).
For more information on which Postgres features we support, check out this page.