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PostgreSQL in Azure using the Azure Data Studio Extension


In this new article, we will see how to create a PostgreSQL database using the Azure Portal and create some objects on it. We will install the Azure Data Studio extension to work with the PostgreSQL database and create some objects on it.


  1. First of all, an Azure Portal subscription.
  2. Secondly, a machine with Azure Data Studio installed.

Getting started

In the Azure Portal, Create a resource.

New resource option to create a new database Create a new resource in Azure

Go to Databases and select Azure Database for PostgreSQL. Click "Create".

Select a database

There are several options, let's talk about them.

  1. First, we have the Flexible server. This is a high availability option for customers that require a predictable performance.
  2. Secondly, we have the Single Server. This is the cheapest option. It uses a single server.
  3. Thirdly, it is the Hyperscale server group. For the highest performance and data beyond 100 GB.
  4. Finally, we have the Azure Arc enabled PostgreSQL Hyperscale for data beyond 100 GB. This can be deployed on-premises, edge, and multi-cloud.

In this example, we will use a Single server.

Select the option in postgresql Select a type of database

Something extremely important is the price. For more information about prices, review this link: Azure PostgreSQL pricing.

We will need to enter the following information.

  1. First of all, the server name is the name of the server. This information is very important because you will need it to connect later. If you do not have a server, create one.
  2. Secondly,  the Data source. It could be a backup. In this case, is None.
  3.  Thirdly, use the location close to your local machine.
  4. Also, the last version is currently 11. This value is usually the default one.
  5. In addition, we have the compute + Storage. This information is very important. We will talk in detail about this later. If you read and configure the correct options, your prices can be reduced considerably.
  6. Finally, you have the user name and password. Please write this information including the confirm password option. This information will be used later to connect to Azure using the Azure Data Studio.

Create a PostgreSQL database in Azure

We will use the Server name, Admin username to connect to PostgreSQL. We need to Enable our machine to connect to PostgreSQL.

Enable option in Azure Enable SSL in Azure PostgreSQL

There are several options like Basic, General Purpose, and Memory-optimized. You can also select the number for vCores and the Storage in Gb. Note that you also have the Price summary to detect if the price is under your budget. You need to consider of your application is critical or not to select the best option. Also, you can talk select the redundancy options. For more information about these options, refer to these links:

Prices Postgres Azure Postgres prices

Working with  PostgreSQL in Azure Data Studio

If you followed, the requirements, you should have the Azure Data Studio installed. Once installed, we will install the PostgreSQL extension. This extension will allow administering the PostgreSQL database. Let's install it.

First of all, go to Extensions in Azure Data Studio and search PostgreSQL and install it.

Azure Data Studio Extension for PostgreSQL Extension in Azure Data Studio

Also, go to connections and add a new connection.

Add new connection in Azure Data Studio Add a Postgresql connection

Finally, in connection type, select PostgreSQL, in Server Name, use the Server name used in the Azure Portal. For the authentication type use Password. The User name is the administrator name from the Azure Portal. The same for the password.  If everything is fine, you will be able to see the available databases. In Database name, select the Postgres database and press connect.

Connect to Postgres using Azure Data Studio

Working with PostgreSQL in Azure Data Studio

Firstly, we will create a table with great soccer players. The table will be named public.player. This table will contain the soccer players and the total goals scored. After that, we will create a function named.

In connections right click on databases and select New Query.

PostgreSQL query Create a new query in PostgreSQL

The following code will create a table named player.

id serial PRIMARY KEY,
firstname VARCHAR ( 50 ) NOT NULL,
lastname VARCHAR ( 50 ) NOT NULL,
goal int

Next, we will insert some data with the best soccer players, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Robert Lewandowski.

insert into player values(1, 'Lionel','Messi',758)
insert into player values(2, 'Cristiano','Ronaldo',801)
insert into player values(3, 'Robert','Lewandowski',5621)

You can select rows or edit data using Azure Data Studio. Refresh the tables node and right-click the table created and select the Edit Data option to edit the information.

Edit table with Azure Data Studio Edit Postgresql data

Create a function

Finally, we will create a function that will receive the last name as input and return the total goals of the player according to the last name. Here is the function.

create function goalsNumber(my_lastname varchar(50))
returns int
language plpgsql
v_goals integer;
select goal 
into v_goals
from public.player
where lastname= my_lastname;
return v_goals;
Postgres function This will show the function created in Azure Data Studio

The function will return the goals of the given last name. Let's try with Messi.

select public.goalsNumber('Messi') as goals

The function will return the following values.

Messi Goals of Messi


To conclude, we can say that creating an Azure Postgres database is a straightforward process. We show how to create a PostgreSQL database in Azure, and then we learned how to connect to it. Finally, we created a database with data and a function to it. Azure is growing each day and allowing to have more resources in the portal. If you want to learn more about Azure Data Studio, we strongly recommend reading these tips.




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