Installing PGD Proxy v5

Installing PGD Proxy

You can use two methods to install and configure PGD Proxy to manage an EDB Postgres Distributed cluster. The recommended way to install and configure PGD Proxy is to use the EDB Trusted Postgres Architect (TPA) utility for cluster deployment and management.

Installing through TPA

If the PGD cluster is being deployed through TPA, then TPA installs and configures PGD Proxy automatically as per the recommended architecture. If you want to install PGD Proxy on any other node in a PGD cluster, then you need to attach the pgd-proxy role to that instance in the TPA configuration file. Also set the bdr_child_group parameter before deploying, as this example shows. See Trusted Postgres Architect for more information.

- Name: proxy-a1
  location: a
  node: 4
  - pgd-proxy
    bdr_child_group: group_a
  - device_name: /dev/sdf
    volume_type: none


PGD Proxy connects to the PGD database for its internal operations, like getting proxy options and getting write leader details. Therefore, it needs a list of endpoints/dsn to connect to PGD nodes. PGD Proxy expects these configurations in a local config file pgd-proxy-config.yml. Following is a working example of the pgd-proxy-config.yml file:

log-level: debug
  name: cluster-name
    - "host=bdr-a1 port=5432 dbname=bdrdb user=pgdproxy"
    - "host=bdr-a3 port=5432 dbname=bdrdb user=pgdproxy"
    - "host=bdr-a2 port=5432 dbname=bdrdb user=pgdproxy"
    name: "proxy-a1"

By default, in the cluster created through TPA, pgd-proxy-config.yml is located in the /etc/edb/pgd-proxy directory. PGD Proxy searches for pgd-proxy-config.yml in the following locations. Precedence order is high to low.

  1. /etc/edb/pgd-proxy (default)
  2. $HOME/.edb/pgd-proxy

If you rename the file or move it to another location, specify the new name and location using the optional -f or --config-file flag when starting a service. See the sample service file.

You can set the log level for the PGD Proxy service using the top-level config parameter log-level, as shown in the sample config. The valid values for log-level are debug, info, warn, and error.

cluster.endpoints and are mandatory fields in the config file. PGD Proxy always tries to connect to the first endpoint in the list. If it fails, it tries the next endpoint, and so on.

PGD Proxy uses endpoints given in the local config file only at proxy startup. After that, PGD Proxy retrieves the list of actual endpoints (route_dsn) from the PGD Proxy catalog. Therefore, the node option route_dsn must be set for each PGD Proxy node. See route_dsn for more information.

Configuring health check

PGD Proxy provides HTTP(S) health check APIs. If the health checks are required, you can enable them by adding the following configuration parameters to the pgd-proxy configuration file. By default, it's disabled.

  name: cluster-name
    - "host=bdr-a1 port=5432 dbname=bdrdb user=pgdproxy "
    - "host=bdr-a3 port=5432 dbname=bdrdb user=pgdproxy "
    - "host=bdr-a2 port=5432 dbname=bdrdb user=pgdproxy "
    name: "proxy-a1"
    endpoint: "host=proxy-a1 port=6432 dbname=bdrdb user=pgdproxy "
      enable: true
      host: ""
      port: 8080
      secure: false
      cert_file: ""
      key_file: ""
        timeout: 10s

You can enable the API by adding the config cluster.proxy.http.enable: true. When enabled, an HTTP server listens on the default port, 8080, with a 10-second timeout and no HTTPS support.

To enable HTTPS, set the config parameter true. If it's set to true, the cert_file and key_file must also be set.

The cluster.proxy.endpoint is an endpoint used by the proxy to connect to the current write leader as part of its checks. When cluster.proxy.http.enable is true, cluster.proxy.endpoint must also be set. It can be the same as BDR node routing_dsn, where host is listen_address and port is listen_port proxy options. If required, you can add connection string parameters in this endpoint, like sslmode, sslrootcert, user, and so on.

PGD Proxy user

The database user specified in the endpoint doesn't need to be a superuser. Typically, in the TPA environment, pgdproxy is an OS user as well as a database user with the bdr_superuser role.

PGD Proxy service

We recommend running PGD Proxy as a systemd service. The pgd-proxy service unit file is located at /etc/systemd/system/pgd-proxy.service by default. Following is the sample service file created by TPA:

Description=PGD Proxy

ExecStart=/usr/bin/pgd-proxy -f /etc/edb/pgd-proxy/pgd-proxy-config.yml


Use these commands to manage the pgd-proxy service:

systemctl status pgd-proxy
systemctl stop pgd-proxy
systemctl restart pgd-proxy

Installing manually

You can manually install PGD Proxy on any Linux machine using .deb and .rpm packages available from the PGD repository. The package name is edb-pgd5-proxy. For example:

# for Debian
sudo apt-get install edb-pgd5-proxy