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Create and connect to a PostgreSQL cluster

This tutorial shows how to create and connect to a PostgreSQL cluster.

Create a PostgreSQL cluster

Before you start

  • Install kbcli if you want to create and connect a cluster by kbcli.

  • Install KubeBlocks: You can install KubeBlocks by kbcli or by Helm.

  • Make sure the PostgreSQL add-on is enabled.

    kbcli addon list
    postgresql Helm Enabled true
  • View all the database types and versions available for creating a cluster.

    kbcli clusterdefinition list

    kbcli clusterversion list
  • To keep things isolated, create a separate namespace called demo throughout this tutorial.

    kubectl create namespace demo

Create a cluster

KubeBlocks supports creating two types of PostgreSQL clusters: Standalone and Replication Cluster. Standalone only supports one replica and can be used in scenarios with lower requirements for availability. For scenarios with high availability requirements, it is recommended to create a Replication Cluster, which creates a cluster with a Replication Cluster to support automatic failover. And to ensure high availability, Primary and Secondary are distributed on different nodes by default.

Create a Standalone.

kbcli cluster create postgresql <clustername>

Create a Replication Cluster.

kbcli cluster create postgresql --mode replication <clustername>

If you only have one node for deploying a Replication, set the availability-policy as none when creating a Replication Cluster.

kbcli cluster create postgresql --mode replication --availability-policy none <clustername>
  • In the production environment, it is not recommended to deploy all replicas on one node, which may decrease cluster availability.

  • Run the command below to view the flags for creating a PostgreSQL cluster and the default values.

    kbcli cluster create postgresql -h

Connect to a PostgreSQL Cluster

kbcli cluster connect <clustername>  --namespace <name>

For the detailed database connection guide, refer to Connect database.