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Supabase CDC Webhooks to Memphis Rest Gateway

Yaniv Ben Hemo
Published: February 21, 2023


Supabase is an open-source Firebase alternative.

In databases, change data capture (or CDC) is a set of software design patterns used to determine and track the data that has changed so that action can be taken using the changed data or because of it.

In simple words: Each time a new event occurs on a specific table, such as INSERT / UPDATE / DELETE, an event will be created and, if configured — published to a destination so some service will be notified for it.


  1. Install Memphis over Kubernetes.
  2. Expose Memphis REST Gateway.
  3. Create a new Supabase table.
  4. Configure a webhook for the newly created table.
  5. Check the incoming CDC events in Memphis.

    supabase process

Step 1: Install Memphis Over Kubernetes

Memphis can be installed on any Kubernetes cluster above v1.20.

For this tutorial, I used Memphis Terraform to deploy a 3-node AWS EKS cluster with a Memphis cluster on top.

Output of AWS EKS creation:

Apply complete! Resources: 67 added, 0 changed, 0 destroyed.
cluster_endpoint = "https://CA2D8E9674B2025*******"
cluster_id = "memphis-cluster-ed****q7"
cluster_name = "memphis-cluster-ed****q7"
cluster_security_group_id = "sg-09a8f95********02"
region = "eu-west-1"

Output of Memphis cluster deployment:

To access Memphis using UI/CLI/SDK with service EXTERNAL-IP, use the following URLs:
Dashboard/CLI :
Memphis broker: (Client Connections)

Bonus: Create a DNS A record for the address above to work with a real hostname easily.

Reach the Memphis dashboard and initiate the cluster.
The address is the one with port 9000.

Initiate the cluster

Step 2: Expose Memphis Rest Gateway

By default, Memphis terraform does not deploy an LB to the HTTP proxy pod.

To do it, we need to transform the memphis-http-proxy service from ClusterIP to LoadBalancer by running the following:

kubectl patch svc memphis-http-proxy -n memphis --type="json" -p '[{"op":"replace","path":"/spec/type","value":"LoadBalancer"}]'

kubectl get svc
NAME                       TYPE           CLUSTER-IP       EXTERNAL-IP                                                               PORT(S)                                        AGE
memphis-cluster            ClusterIP      None             <none>                                                                    9000/TCP,7770/TCP,6666/TCP,8222/TCP            104m
memphis-cluster-external   LoadBalancer   9000:32173/TCP,6666:32013/TCP,7770:31214/TCP   102m
memphis-http-proxy         LoadBalancer   4444:30686/TCP                                 104m
mongo                      ClusterIP      None             <none>                                                                    27017/TCP                                      104m

Let’s save the newly created LB external IP of the HTTP proxy:

Step 3: Create a New Supabase Table

Create a New Supabase Table

Create a New Supabase Table2

Step 4: Configure a Webhook for the Newly Created Table

First, we need to generate an “Application” type user on Memphis:

generate an “Application” type user on Memphis

Please save both the username and connection token.

save both the username and connection token

To generate a JWT token for producing events via HTTP, the following command needed to be run — (Will be replaced with API tokens soon) 

curl --location --request POST '' --header 'Content-Type: application/json' --data-raw '{
    "username": "supabase",
    "connection_token": "******************",
    "token_expiry_in_minutes": 600000,
    "refresh_token_expiry_in_minutes": 10000092

The result will be the JWT token for the Supabase webhook. Save it.


Back to Supabase. Go to Database -> Webhooks -> Create a webhook

Go to Database -> Webhooks -> Create a webhook

Configure it as follows:



  • Method: POST
  • URL: http://<HTTP Proxy>:4444/stations/<some station name>/produce/single
  • Headers:
    – Content-type:application/json
    – Authorization: Bearer <JWT Token>

    Page example

Step 5: Check for Incoming CDC Events

Let’s insert a new record into our table and delete it right after so we would get two events:

two eventsGoing back to the Memphis dashboard and into the “supabase” station, events can be seen in the center panel and the parsed payload on the right bottom.

Memphis dashboard

Have a great day!