Connect droplet to database cluster

I’m following the Django/Nginx/postgresql tutorial which is great, but assumes that I want the database on the droplet. Instead, I have a database cluster that I want my Django app to connect to, but I’m not sure if I need to specify the port in my Django settings, and if so, whether I need to open that port in ufw. So far, everything I’ve read has to do with external connections.

Thanks for any help on this!

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Bobby Iliev
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May 18, 2023
Accepted Answer

Hi there,

To connect your Django application to an external Managed database cluster, you will indeed need to specify the database’s host and port in your Django settings. Here’s an example of how you might configure the Django DATABASES setting:

  • In ~/myprojectdir/myproject/
. . .

    'default': {
        'ENGINE': 'django.db.backends.postgresql_psycopg2',
        'NAME': 'myproject',
        'USER': 'myprojectuser',
        'PASSWORD': 'password',
. . .

With that said, you can skip the Creating the PostgreSQL Database and User step from the tutorial.

Also, you will need to make sure that your Droplet’s IP address is added to the Database cluster Trusted sources:

Let me know if you have any questions!



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