Manage connection pooling#

Connection Pooling allows you to maintain very large numbers of connections to a database while minimizing the consumption of server resources. Read more about it on Connection pooling.

Connection pooling tips#

You can connect directly to the PostgreSQL® server using the Service URI setting listed on the Overview page however this URI doesn’t make use of PgBouncer pooling. PgBouncer pools use a different port number than the regular PostgreSQL server port, the PgBouncer Service URI for a particular pool can be found in the Aiven console, under the Pool tab in the service page.

You can use both pooled and non-pooled connections at the same time.


If you have set a custom search_path for your database, this is not automatically set for your new connection pool. Remember to set it also for new connection pools when you create them.

Manage connection pools#

To manage the connection pools, follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to the Aiven web console and select your PostgreSQL service.

  2. On the Pools tab you can see the list, add or remove pools.

    The settings available are:

    • Pool name: Enter a name for your connection pool here. This also becomes the database or dbname connection parameter for your pooled client connections. This parameter must be equal to the Database parameter.

    • Database: Choose the database that you want to connect to. Each pool can only connect to a single database.

    • Username: Select the database username that you want to use when connecting to the backend database.

    • Pool Mode: Select the pooling mode as described in more detail above.

    • Pool Size: Select how many PostgreSQL server connections this pool can use at a time.


    Pool Size parameter is NOT the maximum number of client connections of this pool.

    Each pool can handle from a minimum of 5000 client connections to a maximum defined by the lower threshold between:

    • 500 for each GB of RAM in the service plan

    • A total of 50000 client connections

  3. Click Info on an existing pool.

    This shows you the database connection settings for the pool, similar to the below

Connection pool details

Connection pools for replicas#

For all Business and Premium plans, whenever you define a connection pool, the same connection pool is created both for primary and standby servers. For standby servers, the connection pool URI is exactly the same as for the primary server, except that the host name has a replica- prefix.

For example, if the primary connection URI is:

postgres://avnadmin:[email protected]:20986/mypool?params

The replica connection pool URI is:

postgres://avnadmin:[email protected]:20986/mypool?params