JDBC Select Database Example

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This tutorial provides an example on how to select a Database using JDBC application. Before executing following example, make sure you have the following in place:

  • To execute the following example you need to replace username and password with your actual user name and password.

  • Your MySQL or whatever database you are using is up and running.

Required Steps:

There are following steps required to create a new Database using JDBC application:

  1. Import the packages . Requires that you include the packages containing the JDBC classes needed for database programming. Most often, using import java.sql.* will suffice.

  2. Register the JDBC driver . Requires that you initialize a driver so you can open a communications channel with the database.

  3. Open a connection . Requires using the DriverManager.getConnection() method to create a Connection object, which represents a physical connection with a selected database.

    Selection of database is made while you prepare database URL. Following example would make connection with STUDENTS database.

  4. Clean up the environment . Requires explicitly closing all database resources versus relying on the JVM's garbage collection.

Sample Code:

Copy and paste below code in example.java, compile and run:


//STEP 1. Import required packages
import java.sql.*;
public class example {
   // JDBC driver name and database URL
   static final String JDBC_DRIVER = "com.mysql.jdbc.Driver";  
   static final String DB_URL = "jdbc:mysql://localhost/STUDENTS";
   //  Database credentials
   static final String USER = "username";
   static final String PASS = "password";
   public static void main(String[] args) {
   Connection conn = null;
      //STEP 2: Register JDBC driver
      //STEP 3: Open a connection
      System.out.println("Connecting to a selected database...");
      conn = DriverManager.getConnection(DB_URL, USER, PASS);
      System.out.println("Connected database successfully...");
   }catch(SQLException se){
      //Handle errors for JDBC
   }catch(Exception e){
      //Handle errors for Class.forName
      //finally block used to close resources
      }catch(SQLException se){
      }//end finally try
   }//end try
   System.out.println("Have A Nice Day");
}//end main
}//end example

Now compile above example:


C:\>javac example.java


C:\>java example
Connecting to a selected database...
Connected database successfully...
Have A Nice Day

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