Using a Local Database

Aqueduct's ORM uses PostgreSQL as its database. To run the application or its automated tests locally, you must have PostgreSQL installed locally. On macOS, is a simple, self-contained PostgreSQL instance that you can run as a normal application. (See PostgreSQL installation for other platforms.)

Local Database for Tests

An application running automated tests defaults to connecting to a database with the following configuration:

username: dart
password: dart
host: localhost
port: 5432
databaseName: dart_test

Once PostgreSQL has been installed locally, you may create a database user and database that matches this connection info by running the following command:

aqueduct setup

Aqueduct tests create a temporary database schema that matches your application schema in the dart_test database. The tables and data in this database are discarded when the tests complete. For this reason, no other tables should be created in this database to avoid conflicts with tests. This default behavior of Aqueduct tests is provided by a test harness.

Local Database for Running an Application

A database separate from the test database should be used for running an application locally. You can create a database locally by running psql to open a PostgreSQL terminal and run the following commands:

CREATE DATABASE my_local_app_db;
CREATE USER my_local_app_user WITH PASSWORD 'mypassword';
GRANT ALL ON DATABASE my_local_app_db TO my_local_app_user;

Add your schema to the local database by generating and executing migration scripts:

aqueduct db generate
aqueduct db upgrade --connect postgres://my_local_app_user:[email protected]:5432/my_local_app_db

Use Local Configuration Files

Use configuration files to manage which database an application connects to. This may or may not be checked into source control, depending on a team's preference. Control which file is loaded with command-line options to aqueduct serve or the bin/main.dart script:

aqueduct serve -c local.yaml

Have Scripts to Provision Based on Scenarios

It is often the case that you will want to have a certain set of data in an local database for the purpose of testing a client application. Create bin scripts to provision the database and add the desired data. For example, you might have a script named bin/ios_integration.dart that re-provisions a database and inserts data into it using Query<T> instances and the ManagedObject<T>s declared in your application.

import 'dart:io';
import 'package:myapp/myapp.dart';

Future main() async {
  await provisionDatabase();

  var defaultUser = new User(...);
  var query = new Query<User>()..values = defaultUser;
  await query.insert();


Future provisionDatabase() async {
  var commands = [
    "CREATE DATABASE local_app;",
    "CREATE USER local_user WITH PASSWORD 'local';",
    "GRANT ALL ON DATABASE local_app TO local_user;"

  await Future.forEach(commands, (cmd) {
    List<String> args = ["-c", cmd, "-U", grantingUser];
    return"psql", args, runInShell: true);