Add-ons v1

EDB Postgres for Kubernetes supports add-ons that can be enabled on a per-cluster basis. These add-ons are:

  1. Velero

If you are planning to use Velero in OpenShift, please refer to the OADP section in the Openshift documentation.

All add-ons will automatically be available to the operator and to be used will need to be enabled at the cluster level via the annotation.


Velero is an open-source tool to safely back up and restores, perform disaster recovery, and migrate Kubernetes cluster resources and persistent volumes. For more information, see the Velero documentation. To enable Velero compatibility with an EDB Postgres for Kubernetes Cluster, add the velero value to the annotation in a Cluster spec. For example:

 kind: Cluster
   name: one-instance
   annotations: '["velero"]' enabled
   instances: 1
     size: 1Gi
     size: 1Gi

Once the cluster is created and healthy, the operator will select the farthest ahead replica instance to be the designated backup and will add Velero-specific backup hooks as annotations to that instance.

These annotations are used by Velero to run the commands to prepare the Postgres instance to be backed up.


The operator will refuse to shut down a primary instance to take a cold backup unless the Cluster is annotated with enabled.


As far as the backup part is concerned, currently, the EDB Postgres for Kubernetes integration with Velero supports cold backups only. These are also referred to as offline backups. This means that the selected replica is temporarily fenced so that Velero can take a physical snapshot of the PGDATA volume and, where available, the WAL volume. In this short timeframe, the standby cannot accept read-only connections. If no standby is available - usually because we're in a single instance cluster

  • Velero will temporarily fence the primary, causing downtime in terms of read-write operations. This use case is normally left to development environments.

In terms of recovery, the integration with Velero supports snapshot recovery only. No Point-in-Time Recovery (PITR) is available at the moment with the Velero add-on, and RPO is determined by the frequency of the snapshots in your Velero environment. If your organization relies on Velero, this usually is acceptable, but if you need PITR we recommend you look at the native continuous backup method on object stores.


By design, EDB Postgres for Kubernetes offloads as much of the backup functionality to Velero as possible, with the only requirement to make available the previously mentioned backup hooks. Since EDB Postgres for Kubernetes transparently sets all the needed configurations, and the rest is standard Velero, using Velero to backup a Postgres cluster is as straightforward as it would be for any other object. For example:

velero backup create mybackup \
  --include-namespaces mynamespace \
  -n velero-install-namespace

This command will create a standard Velero backup using the configured object storage and the configured Snapshot API.


By default, the Velero add-on exclude only a few resources from the backup operation, namely pods and PVCs of the instances that have not been selected (as you recall, the operator tries to backup the PVCs of the first replica). However, you can use the options for the velero backup command to fine tune the resources you want to be part of your backup.


As with backup, the recovery process is a standard Velero procedure. The command to restore from a backup created with the above parameters would be:

velero create restore myrestore \
  --from-backup mybackup \
  -n velero-install-namespace