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Run the PostgreSQL Sakila database in a Docker container

Install the Docker plugin

This functionality relies on the Docker plugin, which you need to install and enable.

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+S to open settings and then select Plugins.

  2. Open the Marketplace tab, find the Docker plugin, and click Install (restart the IDE if prompted).

Step 1. Clone files from repositories

For example purposes, we are going to use the following two repositories: Sakila dump files ( and Docker-compose files ( Sakila repository includes scripts that generate the structure of the Sakila database and scripts that add data to database objects. Docker repository includes YAML files that define services, networks, and volumes.

Enable version control integration

  1. Click VCS | Enable Version Control Integration in the menu.

  2. In the Enable Version Control Integration dialog, ensure that Git is selected in the drop-down list and click OK.

    Enable version control integration

Clone repositories

  1. Click Git | Clone.

  2. In the URL field, copy and paste the following web URL:

    • Sakila dump files:
    • Docker-compose files:
  3. In the Directory field, click the folder icon (The folder icon) and specify a directory for the repository files.

    Clone repositories

Step 2. Run a Docker container

For this tutorial, we are going to run a PostgreSQL container for Docker (from the datagrip-documentation repository). In the Docker directory of the repository, you can find .env and docker-compose.yml files. .env includes credentials for the PostgreSQL service. docker-compose.yml defines how the service is created and configured.

The service name is the first line of the service definition (before the JDBC URL). In our example, the service name is postgresql_12, the JDBC URL is jdbc:postgresql://localhost:54333/guest?user=guest&password=guest.

postgresql_12: # jdbc:postgresql://localhost:54333/guest?user=guest&password=guest container_name: postgresql_12 ports: - "54333:5432" image: postgres:12-alpine env_file: .env healthcheck: test: "exit 0"

You can run the container from a command line by running:

docker-compose up -d postgresql_12

Note that you must navigate to the directory of the docker-compose.yml file first.

Alternatively, you can enable and use the Docker plugin in DataGrip.

Connect to the Docker daemon

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+S to open settings and then select Tools | Build | Docker.

  2. Click The Add button to add a Docker configuration and specify how to connect to the Docker daemon.

    The connection settings depend on your Docker version and operating system.

    The Connection successful message should appear at the bottom of the dialog.

    The Docker connection settings

    For more information about mapping local paths to the virtual machine running the Docker daemon when using Docker on Windows or macOS, refer to Virtual machine path mappings for Windows and macOS hosts. You will not be able to use volumes and bind mounts for directories outside of the mapped local path.

    This table is not available on a Linux host, where Docker runs natively and you can mount any directory to the container.

  3. Open the Services tool window ( View | Tool Windows | Services or Alt+8), select the configured Docker connection node Docker node and click The Connect button, or select Connect from the context menu.

    The Services tool window, connected to Docker

    To edit the Docker connection settings, select the Docker node and click The Edit Configuration button on the toolbar, or select Edit Configuration from the context menu.

    You can also click the Add Service menu and select Docker Connection to add a Docker connection directly from the Services tool window. If you have Docker contexts configured, you can select Docker Connections from Docker Contexts to add the corresponding connections.

Create the Docker compose run configuration

  1. (Optional) Right-click the main toolbar and select Add to Main Toolbar | Run Widget. For more information about adding widgets to main toolbar, refer to Quickly add actions to the toolbar.

  2. Open the Run/Debug Configurations dialog by doing one of the following:

    • Go to Run | Edit Configurations. Alternatively, press Alt+Shift+F10, then 0.

    • Click the Run Widget on the main toolbar and select Edit Configurations.

  3. In the Run/Debug Configurations dialog, click the Add New Configuration icon (the Add New Configuration icon) and select Docker | Docker Compose.

  4. In the Name field, type the name of your configuration.

  5. Click the Browse icon of the Compose files field.

  6. In the Docker Compose Configuration Files dialog, click the Add button and navigate to the compose file. The Compose YAML file defines services, networks, and volumes. In our case, it is docker-compose.yml

  7. In the Docker Compose Configuration Files dialog, click OK.

  8. Click Modify in the docker compose up separator and select Recreate containers | None.

  9. In the Services field, type postgresql_12.

  10. Click Run.

    Create the Docker compose configuration

As a result, you can see the postgresql_12 running container in the Services tool window.

The Docker compose configuration in Services tool window

Step 3. Connect to a data source

Depending on a database vendor (MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle), you need to create a corresponding data source connection. In this tutorial, we will create a PostgreSQL connection. If you want to connect to other database management systems (DBMS), refer to Create a data source.

  1. Open data source properties. You can open data source properties by using one of the following options:

    • Navigate to File | Data Sources....

    • Press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+S.

    • In the Database Explorer ⌘ 1 ( View | Tool Windows | Database Explorer), click the Data Source Properties icon (The Data Source Properties icon).

    Add new data source
  2. In the Data Sources and Drivers dialog, click the Add icon (The Add icon) and select PostgreSQL.

  3. Check if there is a Download missing driver files link at the bottom of the connection settings area. Click this link to download drivers that are required to interact with a database. For a direct download link, refer to the JetBrains JDBC drivers page.

    Location for the downloaded JDBC drivers is the DataGrip configuration directory.

    The Download missing driver files link

    You can also use your drivers for the database instead of the provided ones. For more information about connecting to a database with your driver, refer to Add a user driver to an existing connection.

    If there is no Download missing driver files link, then you already have the required drivers.

  4. In the URL field, copy and paste the following JDBC URL:


    Find the JDBC URL for other DBMS in docker-compose.yml. You can open docker-compose.yml in a text editor.

  5. (Optional) In the Name field, delete the current name and type a new name for the connection (for example, PostgreSQL).

  6. Ensure that the connection to the database can be established using the provided details. To do that, click the Test Connection link at the bottom of the connection details area.

    Test Connection link

    In case of any connection issues, refer to the Cannot connect to a database page.

  7. (Optional) By default, only the default database and schema are introspected and available to work with. If you also want to work with other databases and schemas, in the Schemas tab, select them for the introspection.

    Schemas tab of the Data Sources and Drivers dialog
  8. Click OK to create the data source.

Successful test connection to the PostgreSQL data source

Step 4. Attach a directory to the project

To run dump files from the project in DataGrip, attach a directory with dump files.

  1. Open the Files tool window by doing one of the following:

    • In the main menu, go to View | Tool Windows | Files in the menu.

    • Click Files tool window icon Files on the main toolbar.

    • Press Alt+2.

  2. In the Files tool window , click the Attach Directory to Project button (Attach Directory to Project) in the toolbar.

    Alternatively, right-click in the area of the Files tool window and select Attach Directory to Project.

  3. In the file browser, navigate to the directory that you want to attach . In our case, it is the dumps directory.

  4. Click Open.

Directory with dump files is attached to the DataGrip project

Step 5. Run the dump files

Create the database structure

  1. In the Files (View | Tool Windows | Project) tool window, navigate to the postgres-sakila-db tree node.

  2. Expand postgres-sakila-db tree node.

  3. Right-click the postgres-sakila-schema.sql and select Run postgres-sakila-schema .sql. Alternatively, click the postgres-sakila-schema.sql file and press Ctrl+Shift+F10.

  4. In the Edit Configuration dialog, click the Add button and select PostgreSQL.

  5. Press Run.

    Database structure dump file run configuration

Load sample data to the database

  1. In the Files (View | Tool Windows | Project) tool window, navigate to the postgres-sakila-db tree node.

  2. Expand postgres-sakila-db tree node.

  3. Right-click the postgres-sakila-insert-data.sql and select Run postgres-sakila-insert-data.sql. Alternatively, click the postgres-sakila-insert-data.sql file and press Ctrl+Shift+F10.

  4. In the Edit Configuration dialog, click the Add button and select PostgreSQL.

  5. Press Run.

Database structure dump file run configuration

Step 6. Work with your database

Once the structure is imported and database is populated with data, you can start working with it.

  • For more information about working with database objects in DataGrip, refer to Database objects.

  • To write and run queries, open the default query console by clicking the data source and pressing F4.

  • To view and edit data of a database object, open Data editor and viewer by double-clicking the object.

PostgreSQL database is running in Docker container
Last modified: 27 May 2024