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Linking external managed database to dokku app

Posted December 24, 2021 148 views
PostgreSQLDokkuDigitalOcean Managed PostgreSQL Database

Hi, I have been trying for some time now to use https://github.com/dokku/dokku-postgres to link my app running on a vps to an external managed database. I can create local database containers and link to those no problem, but am really struggling to get the database_url to point to the digital ocean managed database.

Has anyone done this before? I have not found any examples online and my efforts are proving fruitless.

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  • I think I am going about this problem incorrectly. Rather than using dokku postgres library to create an instance that links to the external service, I should be setting this env var directly in my application. I will try this and confirm. Ignore the question for now (I would delete if I saw that option)

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Hi there,

Indeed as you mentioned, it should be ok to just specify the database details as environment variables as explained here:

https://docs.digitalocean.com/products/app-platform/how-to/use-environment-variables/#databases

Let me know how it goes!
Best,
Bobby