Installation v4

A standard installation of HARP includes two system services:

  • HARP Manager (harp-manager) on the node being managed
  • HARP Proxy (harp-proxy) elsewhere

There are two ways to install and configure these services to manage Postgres for proper quorum-based connection routing.

Software versions

HARP has dependencies on external software. These must fit a minimum version as listed here.

SoftwareMin version


The easiest way to install and configure HARP is to use the EDB TPAexec utility for cluster deployment and management. For details on this software, see the TPAexec product page.


TPAExec is currently available only through an EULA specifically dedicated to EDB Postgres Distributed cluster deployments. If you can't access the TPAExec URL, contact your sales or account representative.

Configure TPAexec to recognize that cluster routing is managed through HARP by ensuring the TPA config.yml file contains these attributes:

  failover_manager: harp

Versions of TPAexec earlier than 21.1 require a slightly different approach:

  enable_harp: true

After this, install HARP by invoking the tpaexec commands for making cluster modifications:

tpaexec provision ${CLUSTER_DIR}
tpaexec deploy ${CLUSTER_DIR}

No other modifications are necessary apart from cluster-specific considerations.

Package installation

Currently CentOS/RHEL packages are provided by the EDB packaging infrastructure. For details, see the HARP product page.

etcd packages

Currently etcd packages for many popular Linux distributions aren't available by their standard public repositories. EDB has therefore packaged etcd for RHEL and CentOS versions 7 and 8, Debian, and variants such as Ubuntu LTS. You need access to our HARP package repository to use these libraries.

Consensus layer

HARP requires a distributed consensus layer to operate. Currently this must be either bdr or etcd. If using fewer than three BDR nodes, you might need to rely on etcd. Otherwise any BDR service outage reduces the consensus layer to a single node and thus prevents node consensus and disables Postgres routing.


If you're using etcd as the consensus layer, etcd must be installed either directly on the Postgres nodes or in a separate location they can access.

To set etcd as the consensus layer, include this code in the HARP config.yml configuration file:

  driver: etcd
    - host1:2379
    - host2:2379
    - host3:2379

When using TPAExec, all configured etcd endpoints are entered here automatically.


The bdr native consensus layer is available from BDR 3.6.21 and 3.7.3. This consensus layer model requires no supplementary software when managing routing for a EDB Postgres Distributed cluster.

To ensure quorum is possible in the cluster, always use more than two nodes so that BDR's consensus layer remains responsive during node maintenance or outages.

To set BDR as the consensus layer, include this in the config.yml configuration file:

  driver: bdr
    - host=host1 dbname=bdrdb user=harp_user
    - host=host2 dbname=bdrdb user=harp_user
    - host=host3 dbname=bdrdb user=harp_user

The endpoints for a BDR consensus layer follow the standard Postgres DSN connection format.