Connect PostgreSQL via SSH Tunnel

To connect your PostgreSQL database to MBI via an SSH tunnel, you (or your team, if you are not a techie) must do a few things:

  1. Retrieve the MBI public key
  2. Allow access to the MBI IP address
  3. Create a Linux® user for MBI
  4. Create a Postgres user for MBI
  5. Enter the connection and user info into MBI

It is not as complicated as it might sound. Get started.

Retrieving the MBI public key

The public key is used to authorize the MBI Linux® user. In the next section, you will create the user and import the key.

  1. Go to Manage Data > Connections and click Add a Data Source.
  2. Click the PostgreSQL icon.
  3. After the PostgreSQL credentials page opens, set the Encrypted toggle to Yes. This displays the SSH setup form.
  4. The public key is located underneath this form.

Leave this page open throughout the tutorial - you will need it in the next section and at the end.

If you are a bit lost, this is how to navigate through MBI to retrieve the key:

Retrieving the RJMetrics public key

Allow access to the MBI IP address

For the connection to be successful, you must configure your firewall to allow access from your IP address. It is, but it is also on the PostgreSQL credentials page. See the blue box in the GIF above? That is it!

Creating a Linux user for MBI

This can be a production or secondary machine, as long as it contains real-time (or frequently updated) data. You may restrict this user any way you like, as long as it retains the right to connect to the PostgreSQL server.

  1. To add the new user, run the following commands as root on your Linux server:
        adduser rjmetric -p<password>
        mkdir /home/rjmetric
        mkdir /home/rjmetric/.ssh
  1. Remember the public key you retrieved in the first section? To ensure that the user has access to the database, you need to import the key into authorized\_keys.

    Copy the entire key into the authorized\_keys file as follows:

        touch /home/rjmetric/.ssh/authorized_keys
        "<PASTE KEY HERE>" >> /home/rjmetric/.ssh/authorized_keys
  1. To finish creating the user, alter the permissions on the /home/rjmetric directory to allow access via SSH:
        chown -R rjmetric:rjmetric /home/rjmetric
        chmod -R 700 /home/rjmetric/.ssh

If the sshd\_config file associated with the server is not set to the default option, only certain users have server access - this prevents a successful connection to MBI. In these cases, it is necessary to run a command like AllowUsers to allow the rjmetric user access to the server.

Creating an MBI Postgres user

Your organization may require a different process, but the simplest way to create this user is to execute the following query when logged into Postgres as a user with the right to grant privileges. The user should also own the schema that MBI is being granted access to.

    GRANT CONNECT ON DATABASE <database name> TO rjmetric WITH PASSWORD <secure password>;GRANT USAGE ON SCHEMA <schema name> TO rjmetric;GRANT SELECT ON ALL TABLES IN SCHEMA <schema name> TO rjmetric;ALTER DEFAULT PRIVILEGES IN SCHEMA <schema name> GRANT SELECT ON TABLES TO rjmetric;

Replace secure password with your own secure password, which can be different from the SSH password. Also, make sure you replace database name and schema name with the appropriate names in your database.

If you want to connect multiple databases or schemas, repeat this process as necessary.

Entering the connection and user info into MBI

To wrap things up, you need to enter the connection and user info into MBI. Did you leave the PostgreSQL credentials page open? If not, go to Manage Data > Connections and click Add a Data Source, then the PostgreSQL icon. Do not forget to set the Encrypted toggle to Yes.

Enter the following info into this page, starting with the Database Connection section:

  • Username: The RJMetrics Postgres username (should be rjmetric)
  • Password: The RJMetrics Postgres password
  • Port: PostgreSQL port on your server (5432 by default)
  • Host:

Under SSH Connection:

  • Remote Address: The IP address or hostname of the server you will SSH into
  • Username: Your SSH login name (should be rjmetric)
  • SSH Port: SSH port on your server (22 by default)

That is it! When you are finished, click Save & Test to complete the setup.

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