Connection to PostgreSQL for PHP Applications

Follow the instruction below to learn how to connect your PHP application, hosted within Jelastic PaaS, to the PostgreSQL database server:

Create Environment

1. Log into Jelastic dashboard.

2. Create an environment with the PHP application server (e.g. Apache PHP) and the PostgreSQL database.

create php environment with postgresql
3. Check your email inbox for a message with database credentials (login and password).

postgresql database email
Now, you can access your database via web admin panel and connect it to your PHP application.

Configure Database Connection

1. Click the Config button for your Apache server.

apache php config button

2. Navigate to the etc folder and open the php.ini file.

Add the line like it is shown in the image below.

apache php add pgsql module
3. Save the changes and Restart nodes for your Apache server(s).

apache php restart nodes button

4. There are two main PG functions for operating with a database server:

  • opening PostgreSQL connection:

    pg_connect("host={host} port={port} dbname={dbname} user={user} password={password}");

    • {host} - the PostgreSQL server Host (i.e. access URL without http://) that you’ve received via email, for example
    • {port} - a connection port (the default one is 5432)
    • {dbname} - a name of your database
    • {user} - an account name to access database with (we’ll use the default webadmin one)
    • {password} - a password for the appropriate user

  • closing PostgreSQL connection:


5. You need to write the necessary functions in every *.php page, which should be connected to the database.

Connection Check Up

  • check the connection using this code:

$dbconn = pg_connect(" port=5432 dbname=postgres user=webadmin password=passw0rd");
//connect to a database named "postgres" on the host "host" with a username and password

if (!$dbconn){
echo "<center><h1>Doesn't work =(</h1></center>";
 echo "<center><h1>Good connection</h1></center>";
  • execute simple request and output it into table:

$conn = pg_connect(" port=5432 dbname=postgres user=webadmin password=passw0rd");
if (!$conn) {
 echo "An error occurred.\n";

$result = pg_query($conn, "SELECT * FROM test_table");
if (!$result) {
 echo "An error occurred.\n";

while ($row = pg_fetch_row($result)) {
 echo "value1: $row[0]  value2: $row[1]";
 echo "<br />\n";


You can use the above-described examples to create your own PHP application, which utilizes connection to the PostgreSQL database.