Build a C++ application

Client driver: libpqxx

The following tutorial shows a small C++ application that connects to a YugabyteDB cluster using the libpqxx driver and performs basic SQL operations. Use the application as a template to get started with YugabyteDB Aeon in C++.


  • 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) architecture machine. (Use Rosetta to build and run on Apple silicon.)
  • gcc 4.1.2 or later, or clang 3.4 or later installed.
  • OpenSSL 1.1.1 or later (used by libpq and libpqxx to establish secure SSL connections).
  • libpq. Homebrew users on macOS can install using brew install libpq. You can download the PostgreSQL binaries and source from PostgreSQL Downloads.
  • libpqxx. Homebrew users on macOS can install using brew install libpqxx. To build the driver yourself, refer to Building libpqxx.

Clone the application from GitHub

Clone the sample application to your computer:

git clone && cd yugabyte-simple-cpp-app

Provide connection parameters

If your cluster is running on YugabyteDB Aeon, you need to modify the connection parameters so that the application can establish a connection to the YugabyteDB cluster. (You can skip this step if your cluster is running locally and listening on

To do this:

  1. Open the sample-app.cpp file.

  2. Set the following configuration-related constants:

    • HOST - the host name of your YugabyteDB cluster. For local clusters, use the default ( For YugabyteDB Aeon, select your cluster on the Clusters page, and click Settings. The host is displayed under Connection Parameters.
    • PORT - the port number for the driver to use (the default YugabyteDB YSQL port is 5433).
    • DB_NAME - the name of the database you are connecting to (the default database is named yugabyte).
    • USER and PASSWORD - the username and password for the YugabyteDB database. For local clusters, use the defaults (yugabyte and yugabyte). For YugabyteDB Aeon, use the credentials in the credentials file you downloaded.
    • SSL_MODE - the SSL mode to use. YugabyteDB Aeon requires SSL connections; use verify-full.
    • SSL_ROOT_CERT - the full path to the YugabyteDB Aeon cluster CA certificate.
  3. Save the file.

Build and run the application

Build the application with gcc or clang.

g++ -std=c++17 sample-app.cpp -o sample-app -lpqxx -lpq \
-I<path-to-libpq>/libpq/include -I<path-to-libpqxx>/libpqxx/include \
-L<path-to-libpq>/libpq/lib -L<path-to-libpqxx>/libpqxx/lib

Replace <path-to-libpq> with the path to the libpq installation, and <path-to-libpqxx> with the path to the libpqxx installation; for example, /usr/local/opt.

Start the application.

$ ./sample-app

You should see output similar to the following:

>>>> Successfully connected to YugabyteDB!
>>>> Successfully created table DemoAccount.
>>>> Selecting accounts:
name = Jessica, age = 28, country = USA, balance = 10000
name = John, age = 28, country = Canada, balance = 9000
>>>> Transferred 800 between accounts.
>>>> Selecting accounts:
name = Jessica, age = 28, country = USA, balance = 9200
name = John, age = 28, country = Canada, balance = 9800

You have successfully executed a basic C++ application that works with YugabyteDB Aeon.

Explore the application logic

Open the sample-app.cpp file in the yugabyte-simple-cpp-app folder to review the methods.


The connect method establishes a connection with your cluster via the libpqxx driver.

std::string url = "host=" + HOST + " port=" + PORT + " dbname=" + DB_NAME +
    " user=" + USER + " password=" + PASSWORD;

if (SSL_MODE != "") {
    url += " sslmode=" + SSL_MODE;

    if (SSL_ROOT_CERT != "") {
        url += " sslrootcert=" + SSL_ROOT_CERT;

std::cout << ">>>> Connecting to YugabyteDB!" << std::endl;

pqxx::connection *conn = new pqxx::connection(url);

std::cout << ">>>> Successfully connected to YugabyteDB!" << std::endl;


The createDatabase method uses PostgreSQL-compliant DDL commands to create a sample database.

pqxx::work txn(*conn);

txn.exec("DROP TABLE IF EXISTS DemoAccount");

txn.exec("CREATE TABLE DemoAccount ( \
            id int PRIMARY KEY, \
            name varchar, \
            age int, \
            country varchar, \
            balance int)");

txn.exec("INSERT INTO DemoAccount VALUES \
            (1, 'Jessica', 28, 'USA', 10000), \
            (2, 'John', 28, 'Canada', 9000)");



The selectAccounts method queries your distributed data using the SQL SELECT statement.

res = txn.exec("SELECT name, age, country, balance FROM DemoAccount");

for (auto row: res) {
        << "name=" << row["name"].c_str() << ", "
        << "age=" << row["age"].as<int>() << ", "
        << "country=" << row["country"].c_str() << ", "
        << "balance=" << row["balance"].as<int>() << std::endl;


The transferMoneyBetweenAccounts method updates your data consistently with distributed transactions.

try {
    pqxx::work txn(*conn);

    txn.exec("UPDATE DemoAccount SET balance = balance -" + std::to_string(amount)
        + " WHERE name = \'Jessica\'");

    txn.exec("UPDATE DemoAccount SET balance = balance +" + std::to_string(amount)
        + " WHERE name = \'John\'");


    std::cout << ">>>> Transferred " << amount << " between accounts." << std::endl;
} catch (pqxx::sql_error const &e) {
    if (e.sqlstate().compare("40001") == 0) {
        std::cerr << "The operation is aborted due to a concurrent transaction that is modifying the same set of rows."
                    << "Consider adding retry logic for production-grade applications." << std::endl;
    throw e;

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