Connecting Hasura to a Render Postgres Database
This guide explains how to connect a new or existing Render Postgres database to a Hasura instance, either on Hasura Cloud or via one of our self-hosted solutions. If you're exploring Render 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 Render
Log into Render.
From your dashboard, click
Choose a name for your new database and fill in the required info. When ready, click
Render will redirect you to the database's dashboard. After a few minutes, you should see the status update to
Available. Congratulations! You've now created a Postgres instance on Render 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:
From your database's dashboard, find the
Connections card and copy the
External Database URL:
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.
For more information on which Postgres features we support, check out this page.