Connect to shared database SSL

I’m using JabRef 4.2 (Windows 10 x64, Java 1.8.0_171) to try to connect to a cloud PostgreSQL server which has sslmode set to require. When I try to connect using “Connect to shared database” I get:

Connection Error: no pg_hba.conf entry for host "$myIP", user "$myUsername", database "$myDatabase", SSL off

My allowed addresses in the cloud console (and I assume therefore in pg_hba.conf) are and my IP address.

Do you know if the jdbc driver JabRef uses has been compiled with SSL support? And if not, can I use a different driver? Also, is there anywhere in JabRef/Java options I can set something like sslmode=require to connect without checking the certificate (see

Let me know if any more details of my setup or exactly what I’m trying to do would help.

Just noticed this is already a feature request over on GitHub…


I am currently in fixing the postgresSQL connection. We changed to a different driver and I am currently in the process of transforming the database dialog to the new javafxGUI technology.

I could take a look at that and try with SSL. I have an test psql system installed here.

When I understand this correct, it would be sufficient to add a checkbox with use SSL at least for postgres.

importing the cert and the keystore would be still needed to be passed by the end user.


I just finished the conversion of the Shared Database Dialog and implemented the long wished SSL support.
You can try it in the latest development version.

Head to the issue above on how to configure the connection.