Atlas Postgres API Integration

This guide will help you configure Atlas to authenticate and proxy requests to the Postgres API.

Postgres is an open source relational database.


Public alpha. This integration is available to all Atlas users, and the API is expected to change.


  • A running instance of Atlas. See installation guides for more details.

  • A running Postgres server that is accessible to the Atlas instance.

Add Postgres Integration to Atlas

We will need to make your Postgres server available to your running Atlas instance. We will do this by:

  1. Adding the Postgres Connection URI to the Atlas configuration as an environment variable, e.g., POSTGRES_CONNECTION_URI. An example connection URI is postgres://user:password@localhost:5432/mydb.

  2. Configuring the Atlas deployment to use a Postgres adapter that adds the Connection URI to the databaseURL field.

Step 1: Add Postgres Connection URI to Atlas Deployment as an Environment Variable

  • Choose an environment variable name for the Postgres Connection URI. Generally this is something like POSTGRES_CONNECTION_URI.

  • Add the Postgres Connection URI key you provisioned as an environment variable to your Atlas deployment. The install guides have instructions for how to do this for each deployment method. For example, if you deployed Atlas using ECS, you might add an environment variable POSTGRES_CONNECTION_URI to the Pulumi configuration. If you deployed using Kubernetes, you might add the POSTGRES_CONNECTION_URI environment variable to a .env file.

  • Note the name of the environment variable you chose. We will use this in the next step to configure the Postgres adapter.

Step 2: Add Postgres Connection URI to Atlas Configuration

Modify your Atlas configuration file to add the Postgres adapter.

The diff in your version control system should look something like this:

index cb4fc7c..088a9fe 100644
@@ -20,6 +20,10 @@ spec:
       kind: HTTP
       name: heroku-2
+  - adapterRef:
+      apiVersion:
+      kind: Postgres
+      name: postgres
   exposedPorts: {}
@@ -80,3 +84,13 @@ spec:
     value: Bearer ${{ HEROKU_API_KEY }}
   - name: Accept
     value: application/vnd.heroku+json; version=3
+kind: Postgres
+  name: postgres
+  profiles:
+    - name: default
+    - databaseUrl: ${{ POSTGRES_CONNECTION_URI }}

The profile name is set to default for simplicity of this tutorial, but you can add additional profiles if you have multiple Postgres databases.

Step 3: Deploy the Updated Atlas Config

The install guides have instructions for how to deploy Atlas into a variety of environments, including Kubernetes and ECS.

Step 4: Test the Integration

Once deployed, we can use the mom ws command to test the integration.

./mom ws --api postgres --message "{ \"profile\": \"default\", \"operation\": \"select\", \"statement\": \"select * from <INSERT YOUR TABLE NAME>\" }"

Using the integration in a canvas

This integration can be used in Moment by creating a new cell in a Moment canvas, and pasting the following code.

const result = await atlasProxyFetch("/v1/ws/apis/postgres", {
    profile: "default",
    operation: "select",
    statement: "select * from city", // replace with your desired query

return JSON.parse(result);

If the integration is working, you should see a JSON representation of your query results, for example:

    "city_id": 1,
    "city_name": "City 1",
    "country_id": 95
    "city_id": 2,
    "city_name": "City 2",
    "country_id": 64

The Postgres adapter currently supports CRUD operation types of select, insert, update, and delete.

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