This is a short example of how to use your PostgreSQL data source as part of your authorization policy using built-in function named build.query_raw and use the data retrieved from your PostgreSQL within the authorization rules.


The data-source is available and has been created in the control-plane, and you have passed all relevant environment variables (such as the connection password) during the PDP deployment/setup.

Build policy rules

  1. Create or use an already exiting policy.

  2. In your policy screen, create a NEW POLICY ITEM of type "Custom block".

  3. Copy and paste the following code snippet:


emails := build.query_raw(data.datasources["MyPostgresDB"], "SELECT \"email\" FROM public.\"users\" where \"name\" = $1", [])

4. Modify the variables according to your needs.

Let's review the arguments and variables in the previous example:

  • emails - The variable that will contain the DB query result, you will use during the policy rules authoring.

  • MyPostgresDB: The data source name within your project.

  • "SELECT \"email\" FROM public.\"users\" where \"name\" = $1" - The query that the PDP will send to the data source in order to retrieve the data.

  • [""]: The parameter that will replace the "$1" variable within the query.

Once finished you can simply use the data elsewhere in the policy by using referring the variable name where the results has be set - in our case emails.

Supported PDP version

This built-in function supported from version V0.1.16 and above