Here are the configuration options, set to the default values, for this service. If you are unsure about where this goes or what this means, we highly recommend scanning the services documentation to get a good handle on how the magicks work.

Also note that the below options are in addition to the build steps and overrides that are available to every service.

Be careful when switching database type, version or credentials!

You should be careful switching database type, version or creds.

In the case of type and version, the underlying database files between these things will not be compatible. In the case of credentials, these are set when the container is initially created so in order to change them, you need to lando destroy && lando start. Note that lando destroy will delete all the data in your database.

To upgrade the PostgreSQL major version you need to:

  1. Take a database dump
  2. Destroy the postgres container
  3. Change version in .lando.yml and rebuild
  4. Restore your database dump

Ignoring this warning can prevent your database from starting

    type: postgres:14
    portforward: false
      database: database
      # Note that you cannot change the below but they are shown here for transparency
      # You can read more about why this is below
      # By "NO PASSWORD" we mean the password is blank
      user: postgres
      password: NO PASSWORD
      database: SEE BELOW

Port forwarding

portforward will allow you to access this service externally by assigning a port directly on your host's localhost. Note that portforward can be set to either true or a specific port but we highly recommend you set it to true unless you have pretty good knowledge of how port assignment works or you have a very compelling reason for needing a locked down port.

portforward: true will prevent inevitable port collisions and provide greater reliability and stability across Lando apps. That said, one downside of portforward: true is that Docker will assign a different port every time you restart your application. You can read more about accessing services externally over here.



    type: postgres
    portforward: true

Not recommended

    type: postgres
    portforward: 5432

Setting custom credentials

The postgres service user is set to postgres and the password is empty. It does not allow setting a custom user or password as this interferes with tooling commands and build steps. Lando needs to access the postgres super user to perform tooling commands. See the Bitnami documentationopen in new window for more information.

You can also configure the default database. However, it is very important to note that these things get set the FIRST TIME YOU START the service and ONLY THE FIRST TIME.

This means that if you change any of the creds, you need to lando destroy and then lando start the service for the changes to take effect. This stands in contrast to the normal lando rebuild method to change config and is a consequence of persisting the database's data directory between rebuilds.

    type: postgres
      database: database -> db7
lando destroy -y && lando start

Also note that by default, all postgres services have a passwordless postgres user with all permissions. DO NOT ALTER THE PASSWORD OF THE POSTGRES USER.

Using a custom postgres config file

You may need to override our default postgres configopen in new window with your own custom postgres configopen in new window.

If you do this, you must use a file that exists inside your application and express it relative to your project root as shown below:

A hypothetical project

Note that you can put your configuration files anywhere inside your application directory. We use a config directory but you can call it whatever you want such as .lando in the example below:

|-- config
   |-- my-custom.conf
|-- .lando.yml

Landofile's postgres config

    type: postgres
      database: config/my-custom.conf

Getting information

You can get connection and credential information about your postgres instance by running lando info. It may also be worth checking out our accessing services externally guide.