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“Visualizing information can give us a very quick solution to problems. We can get clarity or the answer to problems very quickly”

When we are working on the containerized environment like Cloud Foundry, its important to get a visual structure of our databases deployed there.

Imagine working from the command line of 90s VS  The modern intuitive Graphical interface. I can bet you will choose the Graphical Interface. It gives shape to your imagination.

In the blog, I’ll show how to get visual Interface of Databases running on cloud foundry.

I will be using SAP Cloud Platform’s cloud foundry environment to demonstrate this, Postgres as a database, Chisel to act as a proxy, and Squirrel as the UI provider.


Chisel is an HTTP client and server which acts as a TCP proxy, written in Go (Golang). On Cloud Foundry it can be used to map TCP endpoints of your backing services to your local workstation. It provides binaries for 64-bit OSX, Windows and Linux.

How to use

You need a Cloud Foundry (CF) account and the CF command line tool on your work station.

Let’s get Started:

  • I will be assuming we have the database service instance running on the cloud foundry environment.

  • Clone chisel:

  • git clone

  • Goto Chisel directory using: “cd chisel”

  • Create a file auth.json in the root directory for this project.

  • Make sure your manifest is having correct name for the applicaiton.

  • For security reasons, you should always use the authenticated Create a file auth.json in the root directory of this project for user your_cf_user and password your_cf_password like this:

{ "your_cf_user:your_CF_Password": [""] }

  • Do a cf push to deploy your application.

Now you need to bind the chisel app to your databases. Use  cf bind-service my-chisel-app my-DB

  • Or go to your cloud platform console and bind from there.

  • Now to get the DB- Credentials you need to create a service key. Use the following command to create a service key.

  • cf create-service-key db_name name_for_serviceKey

  • cf service-key db_name name_for_serviceKey

  • This will give you the service keys that are required for further steps.

  • Now Open a terminal and enter

  • cf ssh -L 63306:DB_ip_from_servicekey:44405 chiesel_app_name where -L tells the local port number that will be listening to this connection.

  • Once installed, you need to install psql on your machine. This is to connect with Postgres DB.

  • Once done with this step use the following command :

psql -U ZwRG********r20x -d qJfNn1h*******C -h localhost -p 63306 (here -d tells you need to insert DB name from service key, -U tells to insert Username

  • Enter the password generated in the service

Now you are having a connection to your DB. Its time to see what’s there inside the DB.

For the visualization, I am using Squirrel client.  You can find more details here:

  • Install the Postgres JDBC for it.

  • Dos users can launch it using the squirrel-sql.bat

  • Click on “+” at the left top corner of squirrel, enter the details as shown in the picture.

  • The URL should be like: jdbc:postgresql://localhost:63306/DB_name_from_service_key

  • The port should be the local port number specified during the ssh connection.


You have done it. You must be able to see your database now.


1 – It's good to keep one service key rather than creating it again and again.

2 – Make sure that all the entered values(passwords, username, port etc) are correct.