8.3. JDBC Interface


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8.3. JDBC Interface

JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) is a programming interface for Java programmers that abstracts database specifics from the methods used to access the data. JDBC provides standard methods and classes for accessing a relational database and vendors then provide JDBC drivers to implement the abstracted methods on their specific software.

VoltDB provides a JDBC driver for those who would prefer to use JDBC as the data access interface. The VoltDB JDBC driver supports ad hoc queries, prepared statements, calling stored procedures, and methods for examining the metadata that describes the database schema.

8.3.1. Using JDBC to Connect to a VoltDB Database

The VoltDB driver is a standard class within the VoltDB software jar. To load the driver you use the Class.forName method to load the class org.voltdb.jdbc.Driver.

Once the driver is loaded, you create a connection to a running VoltDB database server by constructing a JDBC url using the "jdbc:" protocol, followed by "voltdb://", the server name, a colon, and the port number. In other words, the complete JDBC connection url is "jdbc:voltdb://{server}:{port}". To connect to multiple nodes in the cluster, use a comma separated list of server names and port numbers after the "jdbc:voltdb://" prefix.

For example, the following code loads the VoltDB JDBC driver and connects to the servers svr1 and svr2 using the default client port:

Connection c = DriverManager.getConnection(

If, after the connection is made, the connection to one or more of the servers is lost due to a network issue or server failure, the VoltDB JDBC client does not automatically reconnect the broken connection by default. However, you can have the JDBC driver reconnect lost connections by adding the autoconnect argument to the connection string. For example:

Connection c = DriverManager.getConnection(

When autoreconnect is enabled and a server goes offline, the JDBC driver periodically attempts to reconnect to the missing server until it comes back online and the connection is reestablished.

If security is enabled for the database, you must also provide a username and password. Set these as properties using the setProperty method before creating the connection and then pass the properties as a second argument to getConnection. For example, the following code uses the username/password pair of "Hemingway" and "KeyWest" to authenticate to the VoltDB database:

Properties props = new Properties();
props.setProperty("user", “Hemingway");
props.setProperty("password", “KeyWest");
Connection c = DriverManager.getConnection(
     "jdbc:voltdb://svr1:21212,svr2:21212", props);

8.3.2. Using JDBC to Query a VoltDB Database

Once the connection is made, you use the standard JDBC classes and methods to access the database. (See the JDBC documentation at http://download.oracle.com/​javase/8/docs/​technotes/​guides/jdbc for details.) Note, however, when running the JDBC application, you must make sure both the VoltDB software jar and the Guava library are in the Java classpath. Guava is a third party library that is shipped as part of the VoltDB kit in the /lib directory. Unless you include both components in the classpath, your application will not be able to find and load the necessary driver class.

The following is a complete example that uses JDBC to access the Hello World tutorial that comes with the VoltDB software in the subdirectory /doc/tutorials/helloworld. The JDBC demo program executes both an ad hoc query and a call to the VoltDB stored procedure, Select.

import java.sql.*;
import java.io.*;

public class JdbcDemo {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        String driver = "org.voltdb.jdbc.Driver";
        String url = "jdbc:voltdb://localhost:21212";
        String sql = "SELECT dialect FROM helloworld";
        try {
                // Load driver. Create connection.
            Connection conn = DriverManager.getConnection(url);
                // create a statement
            Statement query = conn.createStatement();
            ResultSet results = query.executeQuery(sql);
            while (results.next()) {
                System.out.println("Language is " + results.getString(1));
                // call a stored procedure
            CallableStatement proc = conn.prepareCall("{call Select(?)}");
            proc.setString(1, "French");
            results = proc.executeQuery();
            while (results.next()) {
                System.out.printf("%s, %s!\n", results.getString(1), 
                 //Close statements, connections, etc.

        } catch (Exception e) {