The following tutorial creates a simple Go application that connects to a YugabyteDB cluster using the pgx driver, performs a few basic database operations — creating a table, inserting data, and running a SQL query — and then prints the results to the screen.


This tutorial assumes that:

  • YugabyteDB is up and running. Download and install YugabyteDB by following the steps in Quick start. Alternatively, you can use YugabyteDB Managed to get a fully managed database-as-a-service (DBaaS) for YugabyteDB.

  • Go version 1.15, or later, is installed.

SSL/TLS configuration

You can choose to enable or disable SSL for your local YugabyteDB cluster. Refer here to learn about configuring SSL/TLS for your YugabyteDB cluster. YugabyteDB Managed requires SSL connections, and SSL/TLS is enabled by default for client-side authentication.

CA certificate

Use the CA certificate generated above as part of the SSL/TLS configuration of your cluster.

In case of a YugabyteDB Managed cluster, to download the CA certificate for your cluster in YugabyteDB Managed, do the following:

  1. On the Clusters tab, select a cluster.

  2. Click Connect.

  3. Click Connect to your application and download the CA cert.


Install OpenSSL 1.1.1 or later only if you have a YugabyteDB setup with SSL/TLS enabled. YugabyteDB Managed clusters are always SSL/TLS enabled.

The following table summarizes the SSL modes and their support in the driver:

SSL Mode Client driver behavior
disable Supported
allow Supported
prefer (default) Supported
require Supported
verify-ca Supported
verify-full Supported

YugabyteDB Managed requires SSL/TLS, and connections using SSL mode disable will fail.

Go PostgreSQL driver

The Go PostgreSQL driver package (pgx) is a Go driver and toolkit for PostgreSQL. The current release of pgx v4 requires Go modules.

To install the package locally, run the following commands:

$ mkdir yb-pgx
$ cd yb-pgx
$ go mod init hello
$ go get

Create the sample Go application

Create a file ybsql_hello_world.go and copy the contents below.

package main

import (


const (
  host     = ""
  port     = 5433
  user     = "yugabyte"
  password = "yugabyte"
  dbname   = "yugabyte"

func main() {
    // SSL/TLS config is read from env variables PGSSLMODE and PGSSLROOTCERT, if provided.
    url := fmt.Sprintf("postgres://%s:%[email protected]%s:%d/%s",
                       user, password, host, port, dbname)
    conn, err := pgx.Connect(context.Background(), url)
    if err != nil {
        fmt.Fprintf(os.Stderr, "Unable to connect to database: %v\n", err)
    defer conn.Close(context.Background())

    var dropStmt = `DROP TABLE IF EXISTS employee`;

    _, err = conn.Exec(context.Background(), dropStmt)
    if err != nil {
        fmt.Fprintf(os.Stderr, "Exec for drop table failed: %v\n", err)

    var createStmt = `CREATE TABLE employee (id int PRIMARY KEY,
                                             name varchar,
                                             age int,
                                             language varchar)`;
    _, err = conn.Exec(context.Background(), createStmt)
    if err != nil {
        fmt.Fprintf(os.Stderr, "Exec for create table failed: %v\n", err)
    fmt.Println("Created table employee")

    // Insert into the table.
    var insertStmt string = "INSERT INTO employee(id, name, age, language)" +
        " VALUES (1, 'John', 35, 'Go')";
    _, err = conn.Exec(context.Background(), insertStmt)
    if err != nil {
        fmt.Fprintf(os.Stderr, "Exec for create table failed: %v\n", err)
    fmt.Printf("Inserted data: %s\n", insertStmt)

    // Read from the table.
    var name string
    var age int
    var language string
    rows, err := conn.Query(context.Background(), "SELECT name, age, language FROM employee WHERE id = 1")
    if err != nil {
    defer rows.Close()
    fmt.Printf("Query for id=1 returned: ");
    for rows.Next() {
        err := rows.Scan(&name, &age, &language)
        if err != nil {
        fmt.Printf("Row[%s, %d, %s]\n", name, age, language)
    err = rows.Err()
    if err != nil {

The const values are set to the defaults for a local installation of YugabyteDB. If you are using YugabyteDB Managed, replace the const values in the file as follows:

  • host - The host address of your cluster. The host address is displayed on the cluster Settings tab.
  • user - Your Yugabyte database username. In YugabyteDB Managed, the default user is admin.
  • password - Your Yugabyte database password.
  • dbname - The name of the Yugabyte database. The default Yugabyte database name is yugabyte.

port is set to 5433, which is the default port for the YSQL API.

Enable SSL/TLS

For a YugabyteDB Managed cluster or a YugabyteDB cluster with SSL/TLS enabled, set the SSL-related environment variables as below.

$ export PGSSLMODE=verify-ca
$ export PGSSLROOTCERT=~/root.crt  # Here, the CA certificate file is downloaded as `root.crt` under home directory. Modify your path accordingly.

Run the application

$ go run ybsql_hello_world.go

You should see the following output.

Created table employee
Inserted data: INSERT INTO employee(id, name, age, language) VALUES (1, 'John', 35, 'Go')
Query for id=1 returned: Row[John, 35, Go]