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Run Yugabyte in Docker and query with DataStation

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

Database initialization [Optional]

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

$ cid=$(docker run -d -p 5433:5433 yugabytedb/yugabyte:latest bin/yugabyted start)

Yugabyte comes with some great sample data and a great guide for loading this data, so we'll follow that.

First we create a database and set up some tables.

$ docker exec -it $cid ysqlsh
ysqlsh (11.2-YB-
Type "help" for help.

yugabyte=# CREATE DATABASE yb_demo;
You are now connected to database "yb_demo" as user "yugabyte".
yb_demo=# \i share/schema.sql;

Now the Yugabyte guide suggests loading data for four different tables but for this guide let's just load one table.

yb_demo=# \i share/products.sql;

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 easily can find it later. And select Yugabyte in the Vendor dropdown.

Creating a Yugabyte data source

Host field

If you are connecting to localhost:5433 (the default), you can leave the host field blank. If your port is 5433 then you can always omit the colon and port and just specify the address.

However: when you are connecting to any PostgreSQL wire-compatible database in DataStation (including Yugabyte) and you are connecting without TLS, you must explicitly opt out of TLS by specifying the query argument ?sslmode=disable.

Other fields

The database is the one we just created, yb_demo. And the default username and password for the Yugabyte docker image is yugabyte and yugabyte.

Filled YugabyteDB data source

SSH Proxy [Optional]

If you want connect to a Yugabyte 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 in SELECT category, COUNT(1) AS count FROM products GROUP BY category ORDER BY COUNT(1) DESC and hit play!

Run Yugabyte query

Note: Ctrl-r is a shortcut for hitting the play button when you are focused on one panel.

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

Graph the results

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

DataStation tries to guess which columns to graph but it doesn't always get it right. Select the name and age columns for the x and y dimensions respectively.

Graph database results

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Last edited Apr 06, 2022.