Switching from SQLite to Postgres on AWS

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I have successfully installed Strapi on AWS using EC2 and it loads for me when I go to the public IP, however I am now trying to get it working on RDS Postgres but to no avail…

    module.exports = ({ env }) => ({
      defaultConnection: "default",
      connections: {
        default: {
          connector: "bookshelf",
          settings: {
            client: "postgres",
            host: env("DATABASE_HOST", "strapi-database.c9dgemomevss.ap-southeast-1.rds.amazonaws.com"),
            port: env.int("DATABASE_PORT", 5432),
            database: env("DATABASE_NAME", "strapi"),
            username: env("DATABASE_USERNAME", "..."),
            password: env("DATABASE_PASSWORD", "...<J"),
          options: {
        ssl: false,

^ As per the above /config/database.js, any idea why I am getting the following?

ubuntu@ip-172-31-2-54:~/strapi-aws$ npm run start

> strapi-aws@0.1.0 start /home/ubuntu/strapi-aws
> strapi start

[2021-11-25T08:06:26.556Z] debug ⛔️ Server wasn't able to start properly.
[2021-11-25T08:06:26.558Z] error error: database "strapi" does not exist
    at Parser.parseErrorMessage (/home/ubuntu/strapi-aws/node_modules/pg-protocol/dist/parser.js:287:98)
    at Parser.handlePacket (/home/ubuntu/strapi-aws/node_modules/pg-protocol/dist/parser.js:126:29)
    at Parser.parse (/home/ubuntu/strapi-aws/node_modules/pg-protocol/dist/parser.js:39:38)
    at Socket.<anonymous> (/home/ubuntu/strapi-aws/node_modules/pg-protocol/dist/index.js:11:42)
    at Socket.emit (events.js:314:20)
    at addChunk (_stream_readable.js:297:12)
    at readableAddChunk (_stream_readable.js:272:9)
    at Socket.Readable.push (_stream_readable.js:213:10)
    at TCP.onStreamRead (internal/stream_base_commons.js:188:23)
npm ERR! errno 1
npm ERR! strapi-aws@0.1.0 start: `strapi start`
npm ERR! Exit status 1
npm ERR!
npm ERR! Failed at the strapi-aws@0.1.0 start script.
npm ERR! This is probably not a problem with npm. There is likely additional logging output above.

npm ERR! A complete log of this run can be found in:
npm ERR!     /home/ubuntu/.npm/_logs/2021-11-25T08_06_26_584Z-debug.log

It says that the database “strapi” does not exist, but it does

I am switching from SQlite on Ubuntu Server 20 to RDS Postgres on AWS btw, so maybe it’s still trying to connect to SQlite on Ubuntu?

Would /config/server.js have anything to do with it?

module.exports = ({ env }) => ({
  host: env('HOST', ''),
  port: env.int('PORT', 1337),
  admin: {
    auth: {
      secret: env('ADMIN_JWT_SECRET', '...'),
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I believe you need to create the database within your Postgres database cluster.

Go into the aws console and into the Postgres console and into the query editor. And create the database with CREATE DATABASE strapi;

You might need to assign yourself the correct role using the IAM console.