You can use the CREATE SUBSCRIPTION statement to add a new subscription to the current cluster.

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CREATE SUBSCRIPTION subscription_name
CONNECTION 'conninfo'
PUBLICATION publication_name [, ...]
[ WITH (parameter_name [= value], [, ...]) ]


Create a new subscription to one or more publications on a publisher. The subscription name must be distinct from the name of any existing subscription in the cluster. The subscription represents a replication connection to the publisher. A logical replication will be started on a publisher once the subscription is enabled, which is by default on creation.



The name of the new subscription.

CONNECTION ‘conninfo’

The connection string to the publisher, which is a URL in the following format:


Parameters are given in the key=value format and separated by &. Example:


Supported parameters:

mode: Sets how the subscriber cluster communicates with the publisher cluster. Two modes are supported: sniff (the default) and pg_tunnel.

In the sniff mode, the subscriber cluster will use the transport protocol to communicate with the other cluster and it will attempt to establish direct connections to each node of the publisher cluster. The port defaults to 4300.

In the sniff mode, there can be multiple host:port pairs, separated by a comma. Parameters will be the same for all hosts. These hosts are used as initial seed nodes to discover all eligible nodes from the remote cluster. Example:


In the pg_tunnel mode, the subscriber cluster will initiate the connection using the PostgreSQL wire protocol, and then proceed communicating via the transport protocol, but within the connection established via the PostgreSQL protocol. All requests from the subscriber cluster to the publisher cluster will get routed through a single node. The connection is only established to the first host listed in the connection string. The port defaults to 5432.

Parameters supported with both modes:

user: name of the user who connects to a publishing cluster. Required.

password: user password.


The user specified in the connection string, must have DQL privileges on all tables of the publication on a publisher cluster. Tables, for which the user does not have the DQL privilege, will not be replicated.

Parameters supported in the pg_tunnel mode:

sslmode: Configures whether the connection should use SSL. You must have a working SSL setup for the PostgreSQL wire protocol on both the subscriber and publisher cluster.

Allowed values are prefer, require or disable. Defaults to prefer.

PUBLICATION publication_name

Names of the publications on the publisher to subscribe to



You can use the WITH clause to specify one or more repository parameter values:

[ WITH (parameter_name [= value], [, ...]) ]


This clause specifies optional parameters for a subscription. The following parameters are supported:


Specifies whether the subscription should be actively replicating, or whether it should be just setup but not started yet. The default is true.


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