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Run PostgreSQL in Docker and query with DataStation

This tutorial walks through running PostgreSQL in Docker, creating a table and loading it with data from a CSV, and finally querying the database in DataStation.

Database initialization [Optional]

If you want to follow along with this tutorial verbatim, in your terminal start PostgreSQL in Docker:

$ cid=$(docker run -d -p 5432:5432 -e POSTGRES_PASSWORD=postgres postgres)

Now create a table for some address data.

$ docker exec $cid psql -U postgres -c 'CREATE TABLE addresses (id BIGINT, location_id BIGINT, address_1 TEXT, address_2 TEXT, city TEXT, state_province TEXT, postal_code TEXT, country TEXT);'
CREATE TABLE

Then download a CSV of sample addresses from Github, copy it into the Docker container, and load the addresses into this new table.

$ curl -LO https://raw.githubusercontent.com/codeforamerica/ohana-api/master/data/sample-csv/addresses.csv
$ docker cp ./addresses.csv $cid:/tmp/addresses.csv
$ docker exec $cid psql -U postgres -c "COPY addresses FROM '/tmp/addresses.csv' DELIMITER ',' CSV HEADER;"
COPY 21

And we're done!

Data source setup

Now inside DataStation create a new data source in the left sidebar.

Creating a new data source

Give it a nice name so you can easily find it later. And select PostgreSQL in the Vendor dropdown.

Creating a PostgreSQL data source

Host field

If you are running the host on localhost:5432 (the default) and you have SSL set up, you can leave the host field blank.

Additional notes:

  • If SSL is not on then you can set the host field to ?sslmode=disable. This is a shorthand for localhost?sslmode=disable which is a shorthand for localhost:5432?sslmode=disable.
  • If the port is 5432 then you can always omit the colon and port

In this case since we are not running with TLS we must specify ?sslmode=disable.

Other fields

Next we set the database to postgres, the username to postgres, and the password to postgres (we specified this when we started the Docker container).

Filled out PostgreSQL data source

SSH Proxy [Optional]

If you want connect to a MySQL database on a remote server through an SSH proxy, you will need to set up the SSH connection to that server first. Once you do, you can select that connection in the "Via Server" dropdown within the data source editor.

Panel setup

Now create a new panel and select the Database type.

Create database panel

Run a query

Enter your query and hit play!

Run PostgreSQL query

You can always download the results of a panel by hitting the download button. Or you can reference the results in other panels.

Download panel results

Display results

After running the query, a table button will appear below the panel next to the New Panel button. Click it to generate a table based on this panel.

Render results

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Last edited Apr 06, 2022.