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Create a PostgreSQL® CDC connector-based Apache Flink®

Change Data Capture (CDC) is a technique that enables the tracking and capturing of changes made to data within a PostgreSQL® database. By identifying and capturing changes at the granular row level, CDC enables applications to react and promptly process these changes in real time. This ensures up-to-date data accuracy and minimizes the latency involved in processing updates.

When using Aiven for Apache Flink®, you can seamlessly leverage the power of the PostgreSQL CDC Connector to stream and process real-time data changes from PostgreSQL databases. Integrated with the Debezium engine, the CDC connector captures changes at the granular level of each table within an event stream.

This article provides you with information on how to create a PostgreSQL CDC connector-based Apache Flink® table.


Before setting up the PostgreSQL CDC Connector with Aiven for Apache Flink, ensure that you have the following prerequisites in place:

  • Running Aiven for Apache Flink® Service
  • Running Aiven for PostgreSQL® Service
  • Running Aiven for Apache Kafka® Service or any other service of your choice as the sink for your data.
  • Integration between Aiven for Flink and Aiven for PostgreSQL: Establish the necessary integration between your Aiven for Apache Flink service and Aiven for PostgreSQL service.

In addition to the above, gather the following information about the source PostgreSQL database:

  • Hostname: The hostname or IP address of the PostgreSQL server where your source database is located.
  • Port: The port number on which the PostgreSQL server is listening for incoming connections.
  • Database name: The name of the source database within the PostgreSQL server.
  • Username: The username used to authenticate and access the PostgreSQL database.
  • Password: The password associated with the provided username for authentication.
  • Schema name: The schema name where the source table is located within the database.
  • Table name: The name of the source table from which you want to capture data changes.
  • Decoding plugin name: The decoding plugin name to use for capturing the changes. For PostgreSQL CDC, set it as pgoutput.

To create a PostgreSQL CDC source connector in Aiven for Apache Flink with Aiven for PostgreSQL using the pgoutput plugin, you need to have superuser privileges.

For more information, see Troubleshooting.

Configure the PostgreSQL CDC connector

Follow these steps to configure the PostgreSQL CDC Connector in the Aiven for Flink application table using the Aiven Console:

  1. In the Aiven for Apache Flink service page, select Application from the left sidebar.

  2. Select Create new application, enter the name of your application, and select Create application.


    If editing an existing application, create a new version to make changes to the source or sink tables.

  3. Select Create first version to create the first version of the application.

  4. Select Add your first source table to add a source table.

  5. In the Add new source table screen, select the Aiven for PostgreSQL® service as the integrated service.

  6. In the Table SQL section, enter the SQL statement to create the PostgreSQL-based Apache Flink table with CDC connector.

    For example:

    CREATE TABLE test_table (
    column1 INT,
    column2 VARCHAR
    ) WITH (
    'connector' = 'postgres-cdc',
    'hostname' = '',
    'username' = 'username',
    'password' = '12345',
    'schema-name' = 'public',
    'table-name' = 'test-1',
    'port' = '12709',
    'database-name' = 'defaultdb',
    '' = 'pgoutput'


    • connector: The connector type to be used, which is postgres-cdc in this case.
    • hostname: The hostname or address of the PostgreSQL database server.
    • username: The username to authenticate with the PostgreSQL database.
    • password: The password for the provided username.
    • schema-name: The name of the schema where the source table is located, which is set to public in the example.
    • table-name: The name of the source table to be captured by the CDC connector, which is set to test-1 in the example.
    • port: The port number of the PostgreSQL database server.
    • database-name: The name of the database where the source table resides, which is set to defaultdb in the example.
    • The decoding plugin to be used by the CDC connector, which is set to pgoutput in the example.

    The PostgreSQL CDC connector will use or create a publication named dbz_publication tracking the changes of one or more tables. Therefore, the publication must already exist in PostgreSQL, or the connecting user must have enough privileges to create it.

  7. Select Next to add the sink table, and then select Add your first sink table. Select Aiven for Apache Kafka® as the integrated service from the drop-down list.

  8. In the Table SQL section, input the SQL statement for creating the sink table where the PostgreSQL CDC connector will send the data. Select Add table.

  9. In the Create statement section, write the SQL schema that defines the fields retrieved from the PostgreSQL® table and any additional transformations.

  10. Select Create deployment to deploy the application, and in the Create new deployment screen, choose the desired version to deploy (default: Version 1) and select Deploy without a savepoint (as there are no savepoints available for the first application).


If you encounter the must be superuser to create FOR ALL TABLES publication error when setting up a PostgreSQL CDC source connector in Aiven for PostgreSQL using the pgoutput plugin, follow these steps to resolve the issue:

  1. Install the aiven-extras extension by executing the SQL command:

  2. Create a publication for all tables in the source database: Execute the SQL command:

    SELECT * FROM aiven_extras.pg_create_publication_for_all_tables(

The publication name must be dbz_publication for the PostgreSQL CDC connector to work