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How to Setup PostgreSQL Server for Metabase

In this tutorial, you will get some information on the installation of PostgreSQL Server for Metabase on an Alibaba Cloud ECS Ubuntu 16.

You can follow the “this tutorial” to create the ECS instance and steps to connect to your instance. This tutorial assumes that you have created your Alibaba instance and “192.168.0.101” is the public IP address assigned to your Ubuntu instance. You have also configured “metabase.example.com” to point to your Ubuntu instance. Once you have connected to your instance via SSH, run the following command to update the repository cache and the base system.

apt update && apt -y upgrade && apt -y autoremove

Setup ApsaraDB for PostgreSQL

By default, Metabase is configured to use H2 database. H2 database is a flat file based database and it does not require any special software to run. However, using an H2 database in the multi-user production environment is not recommended as it deteriorates the performance of the application. In this tutorial, we will use the PostgreSQL server from ApsaraDB for RDS to host the Metabase database. Go to “https://rdsnew.console.aliyun.com” and create a new RDS instance for PostgreSQL. Choose your subscription type and select region. Creating the RDS instance in the same region where your ECS instance is located gives you many leverages such as ECS and RDS instances can communicate using a private intranet address. We do not require to apply for an internet address and intranet data transfers are free of charge. For this tutorial, I have created the RDS instance in Mumbai region where my ECS instance is also located.

Choose DB Engine as PostgreSQL and select version 9.4. Select the zone and VPC where your ECS instance is located. Choose the type and capacity, for the start, you can choose 1GB instance with 5GB capacity. Instance type and capacity can be increased later on demand.

After your purchase of the instance, it will take a few minutes for the instance to be active. Once your instance is activated, click on “manage” link and switch to “Security” tab. Now add a new whitelist group, provide any descriptive name for the new group and enter the private or intranet IP address of the ECS instance. Since we have only whitelisted the ECS instance, the database server will be accessible only from our ECS instance.

Now, switch to “Accounts” tab and create a new master account for your PostgreSQL server with username “postgres”. The master account will be used to create new users and databases from PSQL shell.

Finally, go the connection options tab to find the intranet address and port assigned to your RDS instance. Make a note of the intranet address and the port as we will require it later in the tutorial.

Our PostgreSQL server instance is ready and now we can move on to the installation of Metabase.

For further information of the installation of Metabase, please go to this tutorial.

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