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Cloud Database Management

In this guide, you'll learn how to manage database instances in DBOS Cloud.


Before following any of the steps in this guide, make sure you've created and registered a DBOS Cloud account, which you can do by running:

npx dbos-cloud register -u <username>

If you did already, simply log in to DBOS Cloud by running:

npx dbos-cloud login

Provisioning Database Instances

Before you can deploy an application to DBOS Cloud, you must provision a Postgres database instance for it. You must choose a database instance name, username and password. Both the database instance name and username must be 3 to 16 characters long and contain only lowercase letters, numbers and underscores. The database password must contain 8 or more characters. Run this command and choose your database password when prompted:

npx dbos-cloud db provision <database-instance-name> -U <database-username>

A Postgres database instance can host multiple independent databases for different applications. You can configure which database your application uses through the app_db_name field in its dbos-config.yaml.


If you forget your database password, you can always reset it.

To see a list of all provisioned instances, run:

npx dbos-cloud db list

To retrieve the status of a particular instance, run:

npx dbos-cloud db status <database-instance-name>

Database Schema Management

To manage your applications' database schemas, you must define schema migrations. DBOS Cloud is compatible with any schema management tool as long as all its dependencies and assets are stored in your application directory. We recommend using a Typescript-based migration tool like Knex or TypeORM.

You configure your schema migrations in the migrate and rollback fields of your dbos-config.yaml. You must supply a list of commands to run to migrate to your most recent schema version. For example, if you are using Knex, you might use:

# Other fields omitted
migrate: ['npx knex migrate:latest']
rollback: ['npx knex migrate:down']

To run your migrations locally, run npx dbos migrate or npx dbos rollback.

When you deploy an application to DBOS Cloud it runs npx dbos migrate to apply all schema changes before starting your application or updating its code. When you roll back an application on DBOS Cloud, it runs npx dbos rollback to roll back schema changes before updating your application's code.


Be careful making breaking schema changes such as deleting or renaming a column—they may break active workflows running on a previous application version.

Destroying Database Instances

To destroy a database instance, run:

npx dbos-cloud db destroy <database-name>

Take care—this will irreversibly delete all data in the database instance.