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Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL connection

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL connection

To access your data in Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL, create a connection asset for it.

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL is a PostgreSQL relational database that runs on the Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS).

Supported versions

PostgreSQL database versions 9.4, 9.5, 9.6, 10, 11 and 12

Create a connection to Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL

To create the connection asset, you need these connection details:

  • Database name
  • Hostname or IP address
  • Port number
  • Username and password
  • SSL certificate (if required by the database server)

Choose the method for creating a connection based on where you are in the platform

In a project
Click Assets > New asset > Data access tools > Connection. See Adding a connection to a project.
In a catalog
Click Add to catalog > Connection. See Adding a connection asset to a catalog.
In a deployment space
Click Add to space > Connection. See Adding connections to a deployment space.
In the Platform assets catalog
Click New connection. See Adding platform connections.

Next step: Add data assets from the connection

Where you can use this connection

You can use Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL connections in the following workspaces and tools:


  • Data Replication (Data Replication service). You can replicate data from Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL to other databases using Data Replication. See Replicating Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL data.
  • Data Refinery (Watson Studio or IBM Knowledge Catalog)
  • DataStage (DataStage service). See Connecting to a data source in DataStage.
  • Decision Optimization (Watson Studio and Watson Machine Learning)
  • Metadata enrichment (IBM Knowledge Catalog)
  • Metadata import (IBM Knowledge Catalog)
  • Notebooks (Watson Studio). Click Read data on the Code snippets pane to get the connection credentials and load the data into a data structure. See Load data from data source connections.
  • SPSS Modeler (Watson Studio)


  • Platform assets catalog

  • Other catalogs (IBM Knowledge Catalog)

Watson Query service
You can connect to this data source from Watson Query.

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL setup

For setup instructions, see these topics:

Running SQL statements

To ensure that your SQL statements run correctly, refer to the Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL documentation for the correct syntax.

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Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL

Parent topic: Supported connections

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