Container Images


The following provides a high level overview of each of the container images.

CentOS vs Red Hat UBI Images

The Crunchy Container suite provides three different OS images: centos7, ubi7, and ubi8-minimal. Both images utilize Crunchy Ceritifed RPM’s for the installation of PostgreSQL, and outside of the base images utilized to build the containers and any packages included within them (either CentOS or UBI), both are effectively the same. The ubi7 and ubi8-minimal images are available to active Crunchy Data Customers only, and are built using the Red Hat Universal Base Image (UBI).

Please note that as of version 4.2.2 of the Crunchy Containers Suite, the ubi7 images have replaced the rhel7 images included in previous versions of the container suite. For more information on Red Hat UBI, please see the following link:

Database Images

Crunchy Container Suite provides two types of PostgreSQL database images:

  • Crunchy PostgreSQL
  • Crunchy PostGIS

Supported major versions of these images are:

  • 13
  • 12
  • 11
  • 10

Crunchy PostgreSQL

Crunchy PostgreSQL is an unmodified deployment of the PostgreSQL relational database. It supports the following features:

  • Asynchronous and synchronous replication
  • Mounting custom configuration files such as pg_hba.conf, postgresql.conf and setup.sql
  • Can be configured to use SSL authentication
  • Logging to container logs
  • Dedicated users for: administration, monitoring, connection pooler authentication, replication and user applications.
  • pgBackRest backups built into the container
  • Archiving WAL to dedicated volume mounts
  • Extensions available in the PostgreSQL contrib module.
  • Enhanced audit logging from the pgAudit extension
  • Enhanced database statistics from the pg_stat_tatements extensions
  • Python Procedural Language from the PL/Python extensions
  • Backups
    • Logical: pg_dump and pg_restore are included as logical backup and restore tools. These can be used to export and import SQL that recreates the database
    • Physical: pg_basebackup is included as a physical backup tool. This can be used to backup the files that comprise the database
  • Benchmarking with pgbench

Running Modes

The Crunchy PostgreSQL container can be run in modes, specified by setting the MODE environment variable, enabling different features. Detailed information for configuring the crunchy-postgres container running modes can be found in the container specification documentation.


The backup mode allows users to create pg_basebackup physical backups. The backups created by Crunchy Backup can be mounted to the Crunchy PostgreSQL container to restore databases.


The pgbasebasebackup-restore mode allows users to restore from a pg_basebackup physical backup using rsync.


The pgdump mode creates a logical backup of the database using the pg_dump tool. It supports the following features:

  • pg_dump individual databases
  • pg_dump all databases
  • various formats of backups: plain (SQL), custom (compressed archive), directory (directory with one file for each table and blob being dumped with a table of contents) and tar (uncompressed tar archive)
  • Logical backups of database sections such as: DDL, data only, indexes, schema

The pgrestore mode allows users to restore a PostgreSQL database from pg_dump logical backups using the pg_restore tool.


The sqlrunner mode uses psql to run all of the SQL files that are provided in the /pgconf volume.


The pgbench mode allows users to run benchmarking tests on PostgreSQL using pgbench

Crunchy PostgreSQL PostGIS

The Crunchy PostgreSQL PostGIS mirrors all the features of the Crunchy PostgreSQL image but additionally provides the following geospatial extensions:

  • PostGIS
  • PostGIS Topology
  • PostGIS Tiger Geocoder
  • FuzzyStrMatch

Backup and Restoration Options

Crunchy Container Suite provides support for two types of backups:

  • Physical - backups of the files that comprise the database
  • Logical - an export of the SQL that recreates the database

Physical backup and restoration tools included in the Crunchy Container suite are:

Logical backup and restoration tools are:

  • pg_dump - provided by the Crunchy PostgreSQL image
  • pg_restore - provided by the Crunchy PostgreSQL image

Crunchy BackRest Restore

The Crunchy BackRest Restore image restores a PostgreSQL database from pgBackRest physical backups. This image supports the following types of restores:

  • Full - all database cluster files are restored and PostgreSQL replays Write Ahead Logs (WAL) to the latest point in time. Requires an empty data directory.
  • Delta - missing files for the database cluster are restored and PostgreSQL replays Write Ahead Logs (WAL) to the latest point in time.
  • PITR - missing files for the database cluster are restored and PostgreSQL replays Write Ahead Logs (WAL) to a specific point in time.

Visit the official pgBackRest website for more information:


The following images can be used to administer and maintain Crunchy PostgreSQL database containers.

Crunchy pgAdmin4

The Crunchy pgAdmin4 images allows users to administer their Crunchy PostgreSQL containers via a graphical user interface web application.


Visit the official pgAdmin4 website for more information:

Crunchy Upgrade

The Crunchy Upgrade image allows users to perform major upgrades of their Crunchy PostgreSQL containers. The following upgrade versions of PostgreSQL are available:

  • 13
  • 12
  • 11
  • 10
  • 9.6
  • 9.5

Performance and Monitoring

The following images can be used to understand how Crunchy PostgreSQL containers are performing over time using tools such as pgBadger.

Crunchy pgBadger

The Crunchy pgBadger image provides a tool that parses PostgreSQL logs and generates an in-depth statistical report. Crunchy pgBadger reports include:

  • Connections
  • Sessions
  • Checkpoints
  • Vacuum
  • Locks
  • Queries

Additionally Crunchy pgBadger can be configured to store reports for analysis over time.


Visit the official pgBadger website for more information:

Connection Pooling and Logical Routers

Crunchy pgBouncer

The Crunchy pgBouncer image provides a lightweight PostgreSQL connection pooler. Using pgBouncer, users can lower overhead of opening new connections and control traffic to their PostgreSQL databases. Crunchy pgBouncer supports the following features:

  • Connection pooling
  • Drain, Pause, Stop connections to Crunchy PostgreSQL containers
  • Dedicated pgBouncer user for authentication queries
  • Dynamic user authentication

Visit the official pgBouncer website for more information:

Crunchy pgPool II

The Crunchy pgPool image provides a logical router and connection pooler for Crunchy PostgreSQL containers. pgPool examines SQL queries and redirects write queries to the primary and read queries to replicas. This allows users to setup a single entrypoint for their applications without requiring knowledge of read replicas. Additionally pgPool provides connection pooling to lower overhead of opening new connections to Crunchy PostgreSQL containers.

Visit the official pgPool II website for more information: