Provision & bind new PostgreSQL service

Dingo PostgreSQL™ allows all Pivotal Cloud Foundry® users to create and use PostgreSQL within their applications. Applications can then use any PostgreSQL library/SDK or JDBC library to read & write with their database.

Provision & bind

You can create a new PostgreSQL database using the cf create-service (or cf cs alias):

cf create-service dingo-postgresql solo myapp-pg

You can then share the database with one or more applications within the same Cloud Foundry “space”.

cf bind-service myapp myapp-pg

Applications will have access to the connection credentials when they are next pushed, restarted or restaged.

cf restart myapp


The PostgreSQL connection credentials are passed to your application via environment variables, specifically $VCAP_SERVICES.

Either use a JSON parser or find a language-specific community Cloud Foundry library to make navigating this environment variable easy.

See the Language Examples for samples of looking up the credentials.

The credentials section contains the following keys:

  "host": "",
  "port": 33003,
  "username": "USERNAME",
  "password": "PASSWORD",
  "uri": "postgres://USERNAME:[email protected]:33003/postgres",
  "jdbcUrl": "jdbc:postgresql://\u0026password=PASSWORD",
  "superuser_username": "SUPERUSERNAME",
  "superuser_password": "SUPERPASSWORD",
  "superuser_uri": "postgres://SUPERUSERNAME:[email protected]:33003/postgres",
  "superuser_jdbcUrl": "jdbc:postgresql://\u0026password=SUPERPASSWORD"

Only use the superuser credentials when specifically necessary. If used for general database client connections then there is a risk of bypassing the connection pool limits and accidentally preventing the cluster’s replication for functioning, which will adversely prevent high availability failover in future.