I created a PostgreSQL 10 instance on Amazon RDS with the PostGIS 2.4 extension in my database enabled. I want to test the performance of Amazon RDS as a dynamic vector-tile server.

This hinges on the ability to use the ST_AsMVT and ST_AsMVTGeom commands in the PostGIS enabled database.

These functions require the libprotobuf-c libraries to be installed on the system which hosts the PostgreSQL instance.

It seems that Amazon RDS instances have no support for libprotobuf-c and PostgreSQL/PostGIS on Amazon RDS cannot make use of the vector-tile functions which have been introduced with PostGIS 2.4.

Does anyone know about means to enable libprotobuf-c support on Amazon RDS?

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Just an update to Dennis' comment from the AWS thread, this is now possible. Quote from the thread:

We just launched RDS PostgreSQL 10.5 which supports libprotobuf-c. https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2018/10/rds-postgresql-supports-minor-versions/

The official release notes (with emphasis added):

With this update, we have also added support for extensions pglogical version 2.2.0 and pg_similarity version 1.0 in PostgreSQL 10.5 and 9.6.10; pageinspect version 1.6 extension is supported with PostgreSQL 10.5; Map Box Vector Tiles in PostGIS with libprotobuf-c is supported with PostgreSQL 10.5; wal2json has been updated to 01c5c1ec in PostgreSQL 10.5 and 9.6.10; and pg_hint_plan has been updated to 1.3.1 and 1.2.3.

Reference: Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports New Minor Versions 10.5, 9.6.10, 9.5.14, 9.4.19, and 9.3.24


This is currently not possible.

I have raised this issue on the Amazon AWS Developer forum and an AWS engineer confirmed that the inclusion of the libprotobuf-c library is currently being investigated.

PostgreSQL 10 on RDS is missing libprotobuf-c, required for ST_AsMVT (Amazon AWS Forum)

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