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How to configure production connection string on .NET Web API on Digital Ocean app platform.

I have recently deployed a PostgreSQL cluster on DigitalOcean. I have also uploaded a dockerized .NET Web API application on App Platform, which I now want to connect to my database cluster on DigitalOcean. Within my API I have a connection string (set up for development environment) that connects to my local PostgreSQL database. As far as my knowledge goes, once I deploy my API on App Platform the environment becomes production. I have tried using the environment variables to configure that but I did not succeed. The error that I’m getting in the Runtime Logs is :

An unhandled exception was thrown by the application. System.ArgumentNullException: Value cannot be null. (Parameter ‘connectionString’)

The error points to the place where I call my connection string in .NET - Program.cs

What I tried was adding an environment variable with the key value being the name of my connection string and the value being the connection string of my Managed PostgreSQL. I also tried using quotes for the value of the environment variable but it also did not help. Any advice on this issue will help me a lot.


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I was able to solve it. For anyone that has a similar problem, I was able to solve it by using ConnectionStrings__DefaultConnection when defining the environment variable key in DigitalOcean App Platform.