This add-on is operated by Softtrends LLC
The Microsoft SQL database for your heroku applications
Last updated 11 December 2019
The MSSQL add-on is currently in beta.
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Softtrends MSSQL allows you to add a highly available and high-performance Azure SQL database to your heroku application.
Use MSSQL add-on to:
- Provision a single Database from Azure SQL
- Provision a pool of Databases from Azure SQL
- Set and roll your database credentials
- Build applications on Heroku using Azure SQL Database
Upon provisioning an MSSQL add-on, you will be issued the credentials for Azure Database. These credentials are managed by the add-on, and you can regenerate your MSSQL Database password any time using the Dashboard.
MSSQL is compatible with all applicable languages and frameworks supported by the Heroku platform and Microsoft .Net Core. Drivers are available for C# (ADO.NET) , C++ (ODBC, OLE DB), JAVA (JDBC), Nodejs (nodejs driver), PHP (PHP), Python(pyodbc) and Ruby(ruby driver).
Provisioning the add-on
If you want to use MSSQL add-on with an existing app, you can provision it from your app’s Resources tab in the Heroku Dashboard, or via the CLI:
A list of all plans available can be found here.
$ heroku addons:create mssql:test Creating mssql on sharp-mountain-4005... free Created mssql-infinite-31247
Before you begin using MSSQL add-on, you need to perform the following setup tasks:
Open mssql add-on by selecting it MSSQL from the Resources tab of your app in the Heroku Dashboard, or by running the following CLI command:
$ heroku addons:open mssql
Full instructions for configuring MSSQL are described in Navigating the add-on dashboard.
Upgrading the add-on plan
You can upgrade from the free
test plan to the paid
Extra Large or
Large Pool or
Extra Large Pool plans using the Edit plan option in the Heroku Dashboard or using the CLI, assuming you are operating inside a Heroku organization with a paid plan entitlement:
$ heroku addons:upgrade mssql:micro -a mynewmssqlapp Changing mssql-rigid-36410 on mynewmssqlapp from mssql:test to mssql:micro... done, free
Removing the add-on
You can remove the add-on from the Heroku dashboard or with the CLI.
$ heroku addons:destroy mssql -a mynewmssqlapp ▸ WARNING: Destructive Action ▸ This command will affect the app mynewmssqlapp ▸ To proceed, type mynewmssqlapp or re-run this command with --confirm mynewmssqlapp
$heroku addons:destroy mssql -a mynewmssqlapp --confirm mynewmssqlapp Destroying mssql-shallow-50722 on ⬢ mynewmssqlapp... done
Navigating the add-on dashboard
The MSSQL add-on dashboard allows you to create, and manage your database. It is available to any member or collaborator on your application. See Collaborating with Other Developers on Your App for more information on how to manage the users who have access to your application.
The Administration menu
The Administration menu allows you to:
- Get a dashboard view of your existing database
- Create a new database
Figure 1. Creating a New Database
Open the Administration menu and select Add New Database to create your Azure SQL Databast
Provide the following information and then click on the
Create Database button
Database Name: Database name must be between 8 and 128 characters in length and use alphanumeric only.
User ID: User ID must be between 8 and 128 characters in length and use lowercase and alphanumeric only.
Password: Password must have the following property
- Must be at least 8 characters in length
- Must be no more than 128 characters in length
- Must have atleast 1 upper case character
- Must have atleast 1 lower case character
- Must have atleast 1 numeric character
- Must have atleast 1 special character
- Password can not contain all or part of the login name. Part of a login name is defined as three or more consecutive alphanumeric characters
Once the database is created successfully, it goes back to the dashboard list databases screen.
Once you create a database, you may see
Add new database (your plan limit reached or
Add new database under Administration menu depending on what plan you have provisioned. Some Plans with
Pool option allows you to create more than 1 database up to your limit. Please see Plans to see how many databases you can create in your database pool.
Figure 2. Showing the List of Database Created
Open the Databases menu option on left and select ‘List Databases’ to display the list of databases you have created
Here you have 2 options for each database:
View Config: View configuration of the database and change password if required
Delete: Delete a database which is a destructive operation and all data in your database will be lost
Figure 3. Viewing the Configuration of a Database
Figure 4. Deleting a Database
Delete database is a destructive operation. It will delete the database permanently and all your data will be lost. Take a backup of your database before the Delete operation
Accessing the Database using values from Config Vars
Once you create a database, you will need a connection string to access the database from your Heroku App. These connections strings are stored in Apps
Config vars in the following 2 parameters:
MSSQL_URL: to access the database without using TCP
MSSQL_TCP_URL: to access the database using TCP
Verifying connectivity with the database
You can use the database configuration and credentials to connect to it from external applications. A quick way to verify connectivity is to check it with Microsoft SQL Management Studio.
Once you open the SQL server management studio, and click on Connect, you get the following screen
Figure 1. Provide the database credentials
Server Name: this is the Host information provided in your database configuration screen on add-on MSSQL Dashboard
Authentication: user SQL Server Authentication
Login: enter User information from your database configuration screen on MSSQL add-on Dashboard
Password: enter the Password from your database configuration screen on MSSQL add-on Dashboard
Options button: click on options button to go to connection properties tab
Figure 2. Enter the connection properties
Connect to database: enter Database name from your database configuration screen on MSSQL add-on Dashboard
Figure 3. Connect to the database
Login tab and then on the Connect button to connect to your database.
Figure 4. Connected to database
If you are connected to the database, you will see the following screen indicating that the external connectivity to the database you created in MSSQL add-on is successful.
All Softtrends MSSQL add-on support and runtime issues should be submitted via one of the Heroku Support channels. Any non-support related issues or product feedback is welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.