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How to use specific Postgres Database user credentials in App Platform environmental variables?

It is commonly considered bad practice to use default super user for your Postgres database, according to App Platform docs you can do

${_self.JDBC_DATABASE_URL}
${_self.USERNAME}
${_self.PASSWORD}

to refer DB credentials in your application, but these are the credentials for doadmin super user, which is bad.

So how to refer a database user credentials of a newly created user through environmental variables, without manually setting them from the UI?


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Bobby Iliev
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January 6, 2024

Hey @kaushalyap,

Indeed, using the UI to add your env variables is 1 option, alternatively you can use an App Spec file along with doctl so that you don’t have to do that via the UI directly:

https://docs.digitalocean.com/reference/doctl/reference/apps/spec/

If you would like to see a direct integration, the best thing to do to get your voice heard regarding this would be to head over to our Product Ideas board and post a new idea, including as much information as possible for what you’d like to see implemented.

https://ideas.digitalocean.com/

Hope that helps!

- Bobby.

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