For development I have a separate vm for my postgres database, but by default connections to postgres can only come from localhost.
To allow connections to postgres other than from localhost you need to do two
things: (1) Modify
pg_hba.conf and (2) modify the
file. NOTE: these settings are for local development only and should not be
used in production.
These files can be found in
pg_hba.conf change the IPv4 address from
# IPv4 local connections: host all all 0.0.0.0/0 md5
postgresql.conf file set the
listen_addresses = '*'
Also I didn’t have a password set for the user I was using. To set the password for a pg user you can use this command:
ALTER USER username WITH PASSWORD 'password';
To connect to the database from node:
var pg = require('pg'); var connectionString = "postgres://username:firstname.lastname@example.org:5432/dbname";