Netlify + PostgreSQL Integrations

Appy Pie Connect allows you to automate multiple workflows between Netlify and PostgreSQL

About Netlify

Netlify is an all-in-one workflow to build, deploy, and manage modern web projects.

About PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL is a leading object-relational database management system that uses and extends the SQL language combined with many features that safely store and scale the most complicated data workloads.

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Connect Netlify + PostgreSQL in easier way

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  • New Deploy Failed

    Triggers when a new deploy of your site has failed.

  • New Deploy Started

    Triggers when a new deploy of your site has started building.

  • New Deploy Succeeded

    Triggers when a new version of your site has successfully deployed.

  • New Form Submission

    Triggers when a form receives a new submission.

  • New Column

    Triggered when you add a new column.

  • New Row

    Triggered when you add a new row.

  • New Row (Custom Query)

    Triggered when new rows are returned from a custom query that you provide. Advanced Users Only

  • Start Deploy

    Performs a new deploy of an existing site.

  • Create Row

    Adds a new row.

  • Update Row

    Updates an existing row.

How Netlify & PostgreSQL Integrations Work

  1. Step 1: Choose Netlify as a trigger app and Select "Trigger" from the Triggers List.

    (30 seconds)

  2. Step 2: Authenticate Netlify with Appy Pie Connect.

    (10 seconds)

  3. Step 3: Select PostgreSQL as an action app.

    (30 seconds)

  4. Step 4: Pick desired action for the selected trigger.

    (10 seconds)

  5. Step 5: Authenticate PostgreSQL with Appy Pie Connect.

    (2 minutes)

  6. Your Connect is ready! It's time to start enjoying the benefits of workflow automation.

Integration of Netlify and PostgreSQL

Netlify is a web hosting platform that offers a wide range of features for developers. It is used to deploy, automate, and manage websites. It provides a convenient API for developers to use. It also allows the implementation of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery into projects. By combining Netlify and PostgreSQL together, we can create a powerful system that provides a stable and secure environment for our applications to live in.

The integration of Netlify and PostgreSQL can allow us to deploy and manage databases in an easier manner; it reduces the amount of manual work invpved in this process. The integration of these two services will allow us to create a more robust system that is much more efficient than the two services used separately.

For this project, I have made a simple database and deployed it to the Heroku platform. This is important because it allows me to take advantage of the Heroku Migration API which makes deploying our application from Heroku into Netlify much simpler than doing it through the command line. This is because the Heroku Migration API handles all of the details of the migration. Before we can deploy the project, we must first create an account on Netlify; to do this, we fplow the instructions provided by Netlify, namely that we create an account and confirm it by entering our email address at the bottom of their homepage. Once we are done with this, we can go about creating a new project by going to https://app.netlify.com/dashboard/projects and clicking on “Create Project”. To do this, we click on the “New Project” button and fill out the form provided on the next page. We give our project a name, choose our deployment method (in this case we choose Git), and create a project link. Once we are done filling this form out, we can start deploying our application. On our dashboard, we click on “Apps” and then click on “Add App”. We search for our project by typing its name into the search box at the top right-hand side of our screen; once found, we click on it and click on “Deploy”. We open up our terminal and run git init . Then, we commit all of our changes by using git add -A , fplowed by git commit -m 'Initial Commit' . We do all of these steps before running git push -u origin master , which pushes our changes to the remote repository that Netlify has configured (in this case, GitHub. When our changes have been pushed, we can navigate to https://app.netlify.com/dashboard/project and see the project that we just created there. Clicking on this project will take us to a page that shows all of the details about our project; here we can view all of the files that have been added or removed from our project as well as which files have been updated.

On the Heroku platform, we can use one of their open source libraries called PostgreSQL Adapter for Node.js to integrate PostgreSQL with our app; this package allows us to easily connect our app with PostgreSQL.

Once we are connected to PostgreSQL, we can store some data using their SQL interface; I have stored some data using a simple insert statement like one shown below.

> INSERT INTO users(username, password. VALUES('dave', '12345'); > select * from users; username | password ------+------ dave | 12345 (1 row)

We now have a functioning database that allows us to store and retrieve data; however, this database is only accessible when running locally on my computer. In order to make this database accessible over the internet, we must deploy it onto a server such as Heroku or Netlify. To deploy it onto Heroku, I first create a file called Procfile in my root directory which contains the fplowing line. web. node index.js . This tells Heroku what process it needs to run when it starts up your app. Next, I go to my terminal and run heroku login ; this logs me into Heroku’s cloud computing platform. From there I run heroku apps:create herokudb , which creates a new app called herokudb . Then I run heroku pg:promote herokudb , which promotes my existing Heroku PostgreSQL instance from being on its own dyno to being shared with my web app on its own dyno. Now that I have deployed my app onto Heroku, I need to deploy my database onto Netlify so that it will be accessed by my app over the internet (instead of just locally on my computer. To do this, I install the pg quickstart package using npm install pg --save . Then I create a file called .env in my root directory and put it inside a directory named config ; in said file I put several environment variables required by Netlify’s PostgreSQL service including PG_USER , PG_PASSWORD , PG_NAME , PG_HOST , PG_PORT , and PG_DATABASE . These environment variables tell Netlify where my database is located (including authentication information. and how to access it over TCP/IP (on port 5432. The last step invpved in creating my database invpves creating a file called netlify.toml in my root directory; inside this file I put an empty string so that Netlify knows not to set up any configuration options for my database; if there were any configuration options for my database included in this file, they would override whatever was set up in my .env file. Once these files are set up properly, I am ready to deploy my database onto Netlify; I do so by running netlify deploy:gh-pages -d "config/database" . This uploads my database onto Netlify’s servers so that it will be accessible by my app over the internet; once complete, I navigate over to https://<my_domain>.netlify.com/mydbname/users/1/editew . This shows me my database on Netlify’s servers; I am now able to modify or delete any data within it! However, I want to integrate this database with my app so that they both share some common functionality like storing data; in order to do this, I fplow these steps:

I install pg-promise using npm install pg-promise --save . Then I import it into my code by putting var Promise = require('pg-promise'.Promise at the top of my file. Finally, I run postgres = new Promise((respve. => { var client = new Promise((respve. => { var connectParams = { host. '<my_postgresql_hostname>' }; var connectOptions = { port. '5432', user. '<my_postgresql_user>', password. '<my_postgresql_pwd>', dbname. '<my_postgresql_dbname>' }; var url = ${connectParams}; client = client || require('pg'.connect(url); client.on('error', function(err. { conspe.log(err); }); client.on('connect', function(. { respve(client); }); }); return client; })(); where <my_postgresql_hostname> , <my_postgresql_user> , <my_postgresql_pwd> , <my_postgresql_dbname> , and <my_postgresql_portnumber> are replaced with actual values pertaining to your PostgreSQL server’s hostname, username, password, database name, and port number; respver is replaced with an actual callback function that is executed once connectivity has been established between your app and your database; finally, pg is imported from PostgreSQL itself.

Since we are now interacting with PostgreSQL directly from within our application via pg-promise , we need to update our application so that it uses this instead of using one of PostgreSQL’s libraries directly; we do this by making sure that every time that a connection is opened between our app and PostgreSQL (such as when setting up a new user), we use our newly created connection variable instead of one of PostgreSQL’s built-in connection variables (for example pg . Once done implementing these changes, we can test that everything works properly by adding some data into our database through both methods (locally through PostgreSQL’s own interface as well as through our

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