Integrate PostgreSQL with Node

This quickstart guide will help you to integrate your Node (Express Framework) application with PostgreSQL service on App42 PaaS.


Kontena – Kontena is a lightweight container that will run your apps and services in an isolated and secured manner. You can specify the power of the Kontena while setting up infra or creating services. One Kontena power specifies to 256 MB Memory and 128 MHz CPU.

Service – Services in the App42 PaaS are add-on components which are needed in an App. App42 PaaS supports multiple services like SQL databases, NoSQL databases and more.


To get going with App42 PaaS, below are few prerequisites that will allow you to use AppHQ – App42 PaaS Management Console as well as Command Line Client.

Configure PostgreSQL credentials into Node (Express Framework) App

Once you have created the PostgreSQL service, You need to let application know about the database configuration information to connect with service in app.js file, then it will automatically be picked up, and you don’t need to set anything. Otherwise you can also setup your database with a hash.

// Database URL and connection Object
var conString = "postgres://User Name:Password@VM IP:VM PORT/Databasename";
var connection = new pg.Client(conString);

You can also use our Sample Apps and extend it to suit your needs. Here is the link to Node (Express Framework) PostgreSQL Sample App

Update Application

After doing all the modifications to your App, you need to update it on App42 PaaS to get the changes affected in your App running on App42 PaaS platform.

$ app42 update
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Updating Application... OK

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App deployed successfully.