JDBC Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Examples - Version 3.01, by Dr. Herong Yang

JDBC-ODBC - Loading sun.jdbc.odbc.JdbcOdbcDriver

This section describes how to load the JDBC-ODBC Bridge driver class with the Class.forName() method.

Loading the JDBC-ODBC Bridge driver is the same as loading other JDBC drivers. All you need to do is to call Class.forName("sun.jdbc.odbc.JdbcOdbcDriver"). Here is a sample Java program showing you how to load the JDBC-ODBC Bridge driver:

/* LoadJdbcOdbcDriver.java
 - Copyright (c) 2015, HerongYang.com, All Rights Reserved.
import java.sql.*;
public class LoadJdbcOdbcDriver {
  public static void main(String [] args) {
    Connection con = null;
    try {

// Load the JDBC-ODBC bridge driver
      Class.forName("sun.jdbc.odbc.JdbcOdbcDriver") ;
      System.out.println("JDBC-ODBC driver loaded ok.");
    } catch (Exception e) {

If you try to run this program directly with JDK 1.8, you will a ClassNotFoundException error:

C:\herong>\progra~1\java\jdk1.8.0_45\bin\javac LoadJdbcOdbcDriver.java

C:\herong>\progra~1\java\jdk1.8.0_45\bin\java LoadJdbcOdbcDriver
java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: sun.jdbc.odbc.JdbcOdbcDriver
  at java.net.URLClassLoader.findClass(URLClassLoader.java:381)
  at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(ClassLoader.java:424)
  at sun.misc.Launcher$AppClassLoader.loadClass(Launcher.java:331)
  at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(ClassLoader.java:357)
  at java.lang.Class.forName0(Native Method)
  at java.lang.Class.forName(Class.java:264)
  at LoadJdbcOdbcDriver.main(LoadJdbcOdbcDriver.java:11)

This error is expected, because sun.jdbc.odbc.JdbcOdbcDriver is not included in the JDK 1.8 distribution any more.

If you want to continue to use the JDBC-ODBC Bridge driver with JDK 1.8, you need to find JAR file that contains the JDBC-ODBC Bridge driver and included in the classpath.

Otherwise, you need to stay with JDK 1.7 as I did to run the example program:

C:\herong>\progra~1\java\jdk1.7.0_45\bin\javac LoadJdbcOdbcDriver.java

C:\herong>\progra~1\java\jdk1.7.0_45\bin\java LoadJdbcOdbcDriver
JDBC-ODBC driver loaded ok.

Last update: 2015.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) Introduction

 JDK (Java SE) Installation

 Installing and Running Java DB - Derby

 Derby (Java DB) JDBC Driver

 Derby (Java DB) JDBC DataSource Objects

 Java DB (Derby) - DML Statements

 Java DB (Derby) - ResultSet Objects of Queries

 Java DB (Derby) - PreparedStatement

 MySQL Installation on Windows

 MySQL JDBC Driver (MySQL Connector/J)

 MySQL - PreparedStatement

 MySQL - Reference Implementation of JdbcRowSet

 MySQL - JBDC CallableStatement

 MySQL CLOB (Character Large Object) - TEXT

 MySQL BLOB (Binary Large Object) - BLOB

 Oracle Express Edition Installation on Windows

 Oracle JDBC Drivers

 Oracle - Reference Implementation of JdbcRowSet

 Oracle - PreparedStatement

 Oracle - JBDC CallableStatement

 Oracle CLOB (Character Large Object) - TEXT

 Oracle BLOB (Binary Large Object) - BLOB

 Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition

 Microsoft JDBC Driver for SQL Server - sqljdbc42.jar

 Microsoft JDBC Driver - Query Statements and Result Sets

 Microsoft JDBC Driver - DatabaseMetaData Object

 Microsoft JDBC Driver - DDL Statements

 Microsoft JDBC Driver - DML Statements

 SQL Server - PreparedStatement

 SQL Server CLOB (Character Large Object) - TEXT

 SQL Server BLOB (Binary Large Object) - BLOB

JDBC-ODBC Bridge Driver - sun.jdbc.odbc.JdbcOdbcDriver

 JDBC-ODBC Bridge Driver Features

JDBC-ODBC - Loading sun.jdbc.odbc.JdbcOdbcDriver

 JDBC-ODBC - Creating DSN

 JDBC-ODBC - Connecting to a DSN

 JDBC-ODBC - Problem with Incorrect DSN

 JDBC-ODBC Bridge Driver - Flat Text Files

 JDBC-ODBC Bridge Driver - MS Access

 JDBC-ODBC Bridge Driver - MS SQL Server

 Summary of JDBC Drivers and Database Servers

 Additional Tutorial Notes to Be Added

 Outdated Tutorials


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JDBC-ODBC - Loading sun.jdbc.odbc.JdbcOdbcDriver - Updated in 2015, by Dr. Herong Yang