Follow our setup guide to connect PostgreSQL database as a destination to Fivetran.
To connect PostgreSQL to Fivetran, you need the following:
- PostgreSQL version 7.3 or above
- Database host’s IP (e.g.,
188.8.131.52) or domain (
- Port (usually
- Fivetran role with the Create Destinations or Manage Destinations permissions
Choose connection method link
Decide whether to connect to your PostgreSQL database directly or using an SSH tunnel. For more information, see our destination connection options documentation.
If you connect directly, you must create a rule in a security group that allows Fivetran access to your database instance and port.
Configure your firewall and/or other access control systems to allow:
Connect using an SSH tunnel
If you connect using an SSH tunnel, Fivetran connects to a separate server in your network that provides an SSH tunnel to your PostgreSQL database. You must then configure your tunnel server’s security group to allow Fivetran access and configure the instance’s security to allow access from the tunnel.
You must connect through SSH if your database is contained within an inaccessible subnet.
To connect using SSH, do the following:
In the destination setup form, select the Connect via an SSH tunnel option.
Copy Fivetran’s public SSH key.
Add the public key to the
authorized_keysfile of your SSH server. The key must be all on one line, so make sure that you don’t introduce any line breaks when cutting and pasting.
Create Fivetran userlink
Connect to your PostgreSQL database and execute the following query to create a user for Fivetran. Choose a memorable username (for example,
<password>with a password of your choice:
CREATE USER fivetran PASSWORD <password>;
Execute the following query to grant the
fivetranuser the following privileges:
- CREATE: Allows the user to create new schemas in the database
- TEMPORARY: Allows the user to create temporary tables while using the database
GRANT CREATE, TEMPORARY ON DATABASE <database> TO fivetran;
Complete Fivetran configuration link
- Log in to your Fivetran account.
- Go to the Manage Account page.
- In the Destinations tab, click +Destination.
- On the Add Destination To Fivetran page, enter a Destination Name of your choice.
- Click Add Destination.
- Select Postgres as the destination type.
- In the destination setup form, enter the Host name or the IP address of the database server.
- Enter the Port number. For example,
- Enter the User name you created in Step 2.
- Enter your Password.
- Enter the Database name you want to replicate to.
- Choose your Connection method. You can choose to Connect directly or Connect via an SSH. If you choose Connect via an SSH tunnel, enter the following details:
- SSH Host
- SSH Port
- SSH User
- (Optional) Enable the Require TLS through tunnel toggle if you want to use TLS.
- Choose the Data processing location. Depending on the plan you are on and your selected cloud service provider, you may also need to choose a Cloud service provider and AWS region as described in our Destinations documentation.
- Choose your Timezone.
- Click Save & Test.
Fivetran tests and validates the PostgreSQL destination connection. On successful completion of the setup tests, you can sync your data using Fivetran connectors to the PostgreSQL destination.
Fivetran performs the following PostgreSQL connection tests:
The SSH Tunnel Test validates the SSH tunnel details you provided in the setup form and then checks the connectivity to the instance using the SSH Tunnel if you are connecting using an SSH tunnel.
The Database Host Connection Test validates the database credentials you provided in the setup form. The test verifies that the host is not private and then checks the connectivity to the host.
The Certificate Validation Test generates a pop-up window where you must choose which certificate you want Fivetran to use. The test then validates that certificate and checks that we can connect to your database using TLS. We skip this test if you aren’t connecting directly.
The Permission Test checks that we have the correct permissions to create schemas and tables in your database.
NOTE: The tests may take a couple of minutes to finish running.