How to Connect your Django App to a dockerized PostgreSQL and pgAdmin

mojemoron profile image Micheal Ojemoron Updated on ・2 min read

Docker has been my default environment set-up for deploying most of my web projects quickly. It is lightweight and it has also helped me solve package dependencies and environment configuration issues because it provides a consistent environment across different servers and also makes continuous delivery and deployment enjoyable.

Recently, I felt the need to connect my Django application to a dockerized Postgres database and also manage the database with a dockerized pgAdmin(a web app. for managing Postgres databases).

I did this because I wanted my application layer to stay outside the docker environment of my database without the need to install Postgres and pgAdmin on my local machine for a quick app. prototype.
I had several issues setting this up until I successfully got it up and running.
Let me show you how I did it 😊.

In this post, I am assuming that you have successfully installed Docker and Django. I will also be using docker-compose (this will enable you to run multiple containers).
Visit this link to understand what docker-compose is: https://docs.docker.com/compose/

To dockerize Postgres and pgAdmin:

  • create a postgres_docker directory in the root folder that contains your Django project dir.
  • cd into the postgres_docker dir. and create a docker-compose file that will contain the Postgres and pgAdmin images: copy the following code and paste it into your docker-compose file
version: "3.1"


    restart: always
    image: postgres
    container_name: demo-postgres #you can change this
      - POSTGRES_USER=demo
      - POSTGRES_PASS=demo
      - POSTGRES_DB=demo
      - POSTGRES_PORT=5432
      - "5432:5432"
      - postgres_data:/var/lib/postgresql/data/

      image: dpage/pgadmin4
      container_name: demo-pgadmin #you can change this
        - db
        - "5051:80"
        PGADMIN_DEFAULT_EMAIL: pgadmin4@pgadmin.org
      restart: always


  • open your command line, cd into postgres_docker dir. and run
docker-compose up

This command builds, (re)creates, starts, and attaches to containers for a service. to confirm if there are no errors, visit http://localhost:5051 to see pgAdmin Interface.

To connect pgAdmin to Postgres:

  • login to pgAdmin with the login details you initialized in the docker-compose file.
 PGADMIN_DEFAULT_EMAIL: pgadmin4@pgadmin.org #you can change this
 PGADMIN_DEFAULT_PASSWORD: root #you can change this
  • enter the following settings from the images below to your pgAdmin interface Alt text of image Alt text of image Please note
  • your hostname db is the name of your Postgres service in the docker-compose file.

To connect Django to Postgres:

  • In your settings.py, configure database settings like so:
    'default': {
        'ENGINE': 'django_postgres_extensions.backends.postgresql',
        'NAME': 'demo',
        'USER': 'demo',
        'HOST': 'localhost',
        'PORT': 5432,

To see that all went as plan, startup your Django application like so:

python manage.py runserver

If everything works fine, you should see your application without errors.
visit http://localhost:8000

In conclusion, there are several ways to achieve this but this is my preferred way and it also easy to understand.
If you have any issue with your setup leave your comments below.
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Happy coding! ✌

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Thanks Michael, you saved me a lot of time!


This is exactly what I needed. Thank you for sharing


Thanks, I am glad it helped