I have two postgres database servers in AWS, A and B. These databases have different tables. Both databases also have their own read replica.

My goal is a simple solution for doing cross database joins from A replica to B replica. Querying from master is not an option, as this feature is meant for the analyst on my team, not for an application.

I set up postgres_fdw on A's master following the instructions by doing CREATE SERVER, CREATE USER MAPPING, and CREATE FOREIGN TABLEs, and I was able to easily query from A master to B replica. However, these server and foreign table definitions did NOT replicate to A replica. I am unable to run these create commands on the replica as it is read-only.

Is it possible to use postgres_fdw from A replica to B replica? If not, is there another solution for this problem?

  • If you set up the foreign server etc. on A master, they will replicate to A replica. You are doing something wrong. Without seeing the error message you got, it is hard to say what that is.
    – jjanes
    Apr 25, 2017 at 16:52
  • Okay....so the foreign tables are on the replica under the user whose mapping I defined. But when I try to SELECT on them, the query hangs and times out eventually with [08001] ERROR: could not connect to server "api".
    – maniciam
    Apr 25, 2017 at 20:28
  • Maybe a firewall issue? Can you run psql on the same machine as A replica is running, and connect to B replica manually using the same hostname, port, username, and password given in the server and user mapping?
    – jjanes
    Apr 25, 2017 at 21:37

2 Answers 2


You can create replicas using logical decoding. Check pglogical https://github.com/2ndQuadrant/pglogical

When creating replica using logical decoding it's not read-only.Might help in your case.


The general approach here would be creating extension, server, user mapping and foreign tables on master.

Then query all those on any slave...

  • In my question I stated: "However, these server and foreign table definitions did NOT replicate to A replica"
    – maniciam
    Apr 25, 2017 at 15:29
  • Oh. I thought you have streaming replication
    – Vao Tsun
    Apr 25, 2017 at 15:31

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