Deploy to Netlify

Learn how to connect your PlanetScale database to deploy on Netlify


This guide will walk you through setting up and deploying your PlanetScale database on Netlify.


This doc is intended for users that are manually storing a connection string in an environment variable in Netlify. If you want to use the Netlify integration, which handles this for you, see the PlanetScale integration in the Netlify docs.


Connecting your PlanetScale database to your Netlify application

Get your connection string from PlanetScale

  1. In your PlanetScale dashboard, click on the database you want to connect to.

  2. Click "Connect".

  3. Select the framework you're using from the "Connect with" dropdown. This will give you the exact environment variable names you need for your selected framework. If your framework is not listed, choose "General".

    PlanetScale dashboard connect modal

  4. If the password is blurred, click "New password" to generate new credentials.

  5. Keep this page open, as you'll need to copy these to Netlify momentarily.

Copy environment variables to Netlify

  1. Go to your Netlify dashboard.
  2. Click on your Netlify project.
  3. Click "Site settings".
  4. Click "Build & deploy," then "Environment".
  5. Click "Edit variable".
  6. Click "New variable" and copy each value from your PlanetScale dashboard into a new environment variable in Netlify. Once you're done with one, click "Add" and continue to the next, if applicable.

For example, if you're using Prisma, your connection string will look similar to this:


Your environment variable name will be the same in your application's code. We used DATABASE_URL as an example, but this can be given a different name.

In Netlify, you'll set it as follows:

  • Value = mysql://xxxxxxxxx:************

Note: The credentials are blurred for the example, but when you paste them in, use the actual values.

Netlify dashboard - Environment variables

After you have saved, you will need to rebuild the site with the new environment variable.

What's next?

Learn more about how PlanetScale allows you to make non-blocking schema changes to your database tables without locking or causing downtime for production databases.

Need help?

Get help from the PlanetScale support team, or join our GitHub discussion board to see how others are using PlanetScale.

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