IMPORTANT NOTE: This is an upgraded database service offered by the CSC. It is not currently available to members, please see MySQL for current database information.
The CSC provides MySQL and Postgres databases to members.
If you want to run something different (e.g., MongoDB), you can compile/run it yourself. Please stay up to date with security updates and DO NOT run it on a port open to the internet (see Firewall).
Database services are provided on coffee.
To connect to MySQL from PHP, you need to specify the SSL Cipher of 'DHE-RSA-AES256-SHA:AES128-SHA'. For PHP PDO:
$pdo = new PDO('mysql:host=coffee.csclub.uwaterloo.ca;dbname=DBNAME', 'USERNAME', 'PASSWORD', [ PDO::MYSQL_ATTR_SSL_CIPHER => 'DHE-RSA-AES256-SHA:AES128-SHA' ]); $pdo->setAttribute(PDO::ATTR_ERRMODE, PDO::ERRMODE_EXCEPTION);