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Connecting a client to a database on Render


This guide uses a database client called DBeaver, but the ideas still apply if you are using another client. If you are using another client, try looking for similarly named controls.
  1. Navigate to the Database tab and select New Database Connection

          Creating a new Database Connection

  1. Select PostgreSQL then click the Next button

          Selecting PostgreSQL from the available databases

  1. Often, after the first installation or use of a specific database type, you may encounter the download of relevant drivers modal. This is perfectly normal, just click Download and proceed to the next step. DBeaver will download and install the relevant drivers needed for using your specific database type

          Downloading PostgreSQL drivers

  1. To the right of Main tab, Click on PostgreSQL tab. Check the Show all databases checkbox and return to Main tab

          Enabling option to show all database

  1. Enter your database credentials into the form:
    1. URL: the External Database URL from your Environment Variables section on Render
    2. Host: the same External Database URL, except remove everything up to and including the @ sign then remove everything after .com. It should look something like: dpg-...-a.oregon-postgres.render.com
    3. Database: the name you used for the Database field when creating the database
    4. Username: your username
    5. Password: your password

          Form to fill out with your database credentials

  1. Click the Test Connectionโ€ฆ button. You should see a modal displaying Connected message. Click OK, and then the Finish button

          A successful connection test

  1. You are now connected to your Render PostgreSQL database on DBeaver!

          Successfully connected DBeaver to Render Postgres

Warning/Failure messages

  • You may see warning/failure messages like the one below (I did!)
  • Not to worry, calmly step through the entire process slowly.
  • After a few tries, if you donโ€™t succeed, ask for help in the relevant communication channels

          A connection error message

Connecting via node.js

We learnt in the Databases module to use the pg library to connect to a local Postgres database.
To connect via render we require an extra flag ssl: { rejectUnauthorized: false }, like so:

const db = new Pool({
  user: "jz",
  host: "dpg-ck107k7dorps738bnga0-a.frankfurt-postgres.render.com",
  database: "fullstack_3qby",
  password: "NLNXAWPsYPzOn3kKzExavV08DugCC0rx",
  ssl: {
    rejectUnauthorized: false,

Note that the host does not exactly match what is shown on the render.com dashboard - you should use the information in External Database URL to connect from your own computer:

          render.com dashboard connections

However, if you are running your client on render alongside your server, then you will be able to use the Internal Database URL instead. In this case, the host will indeed match.

You can also directly copy the url into a connectionString and it should work in the same way:

const db = new Pool({
  connectionString: "postgres://jz:NLNXAWPsYPzOn3kKzExavV08DugCC0rx@dpg-ck107k7dorps738bnga0-a.frankfurt-postgres.render.com/fullstack_3qby",
  ssl: {
    rejectUnauthorized: false,