Cannot connect to PostgreSQL db for local development

I am having trouble connecting to a Digital Ocean managed postgres database for local development, a NodeJS API built with Fastify.

I can connect to the database via psql with the connection string provided by the connection details provided in the Overview tab. When I try and connect my API to the database with the same connection string I get the following error:

no pg_hba.conf entry for host <my ip address>, user <username>, database <defaultdb>, SSL off

Even when I add my computer as a trusted source I still cannot connect.

I’ve downloaded the cert provided in the Overview tab, moved it to ~/.postgresql/postgresql.crt and used chmod 600 on the file. Then I get the following when trying to connect with psql:

psql: certificate present, but not private key file ~/.postgresql.key

And still get the no pg_hba.conf error from above when attempting to connect with the Node API I am attempting to develop.

I’ve tried everything I can think of. Pretty much every solution for this error on StackOverflow mentions changing the pg_hba.conf file, but I don’t think that is possible with a managed database.

Please let me know if I need to provide more detail on the problem I am having.


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I have been going to the same issue trying to connect to managed PostgreSQL database from my NodeJS application. I am using Knex.js. I am getting various errors from having a self-signed certificate in chain if I include SSL or " no pg_hba.conf entry for host…SSL off" if I have rejectUnauthorized set to false. I have been trying to connect to my database for a full week and have yet to be able to do so.

Please help! Thank you!

Hi there @mitchellgritts,

Would you mind providing the exact connection string that you are using in your Node.js application? Make sure to hide any sensitive information like the password, username and etc.

I will try to replicate this at my end.

The first error that you’ve shared indicates that the SSL value is set to false.

Regards, Bobby