Xata data platform

About Xata

Xata is a serverless data platform which offers autoscaling, branching, and bottomless storage.

Xata's branching feature is particularly well-suited for development and ephemeral environments, as you can now instantly have an isolated database (or more) for your environment.


Bunnyshell <> Xata connector

Bunnyshell can leverage Xata to create database branches when an Environment is deployed, and have them destroyed when an Environment is deleted from Bunnyshell.

Effectively, this means being able to create ephemeral data storage services (aka databases) for ephemeral environments.

Xata can be connected to Bunnyshell by adding a GenericComponent within the Environment.



You will need to supply from Xata:

  • the API token
    read more in Xata's documentation
  • the Workspace slug
    visible in the URL address bar on the dashboard, right after logging in: https://app.xata.io/workspaces/{workspace} (it consists of a slug part and ends in an 6-char alphanumeric ID)
  • the database name and region
    visible on the database card in the dashboard, in the database selector or in the URL address bar upon entering the database screen


How to add the Connector

From the UI

You can add a Xata Connector from the Add Component menu within the Environment details screen or the Configuration editor.
Just go to Add Component > Connectors > Xata.


You can find the connector in our Github repository: https://github.com/bunnyshell/connectors/tree/main/xata-dataplatform

The component example is featured in component.yaml file from the repository, while the actual scripts can be found in the scripts folder.


After adding the code to the Configuration editor, make sure to replace the placeholders:

  • [[XATA_API_TOKEN]] (see Pre-requisites)
  • [[XATA_WORKSPACE]] (see Pre-requisites)
  • [[XATA_REGION]] (see Pre-requisites)
  • [[XATA_DATABASE_NAME]] (see Pre-requisites)


How to use the Connector

In the backend Component(s) which use the database, you will need to set the host exported from the Xata Component as an environment variable, so your app can connect to the database.

        name: backend
        kind: Application
                XATA_API_KEY: '{{ components.xata-database.exported.API_TOKEN }}'
                XATA_DATABASE_URL: '{{ components.xata-database.exported.DB_HOST }}'
                XATA_BRANCH: '{{ components.xata-database.exported.TARGET_BRANCH }}'

Xata branch name

You can name your Xata branches as you like, as long as they're unique. The name can be passed to the Xata Component as an environment variable called TARGET_BRANCH_NAME.

For example, you could use TARGET_BRANCH_NAME as bns-{{ env.unique}}.
{{ env.unique}} is an unique identifier for an Environment in Bunnyshell and will be interpolated in the actual value of the Environment variable, resulting in something similar to bns-4wgffz.

Multiple Xata instances in an Environment

You can use as many Xata databases as you need in a single Environment.
Just make sure the component names and the TARGET_BRANCH_NAME have distinct values.


Complete example

For a complete example on how Xata can be integrated into Bunnyshell, please see the `bunnyshell.yaml` file from the Bunnyshell template within our Demo Books repository.