Connecting Applications to Userlist with DataCater

Use DataCater's plug & play CDC connectors to connect your app with Userlist, in real-time and without writing code.

By Jonas Zech

What is Userlist?

Userlist is an SaaS Email Automation tool that allows you to engage better with your users based on their behavior in your application.


Individual software applications typically require code adjustments, like the installation of API calls, for integrations with third-party systems. Userlist knows this challenge well and experienced it often with their own users.

At DataCater, we’re big fans of log-based change data capture (CDC). It allows you to consume data changes from a database without having to touch the application code. While CDC is typically rather complicated to set up (Did you ever write code to consume a replication log?), DataCater offers plug & play CDC connectors for many database systems.


In this video, Benedikt (Co-founder and CTO at Userlist) shows how to use DataCater for integrating an individual application with Userlist in real-time - without touching code! In his demo, Benedikt uses a folder-editing app, which allows users to sign up and create albums. The goal is to track all user activity in Userlist. The example application is powered by a PostgreSQL database.

Benedikt created three data pipelines in DataCater, which are used to sync data changes from the demo application to Userlist. He applied a couple of transformations that prepare the format of the data changes as expected by the Userlist API.

Learn more in the video:


As a result, DataCater streams data from the demo application in real-time to Userlist where you can make use of it for interacting with your customers. All that is done without touching code and in a matter of minutes!

Thanks to Benedikt for the great explanation and demo of the use case!

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