JDBC-ODBC - Setting Current Database

This section describes how to select a database on the SQL Server to be the current database.

When you connect to a SQL Server, it will set the default database associated to the login name as the current database. You can set the current database to be a different database by including another property, database=name, in the connect URL string. Here is my sample program that connects to my SQL Server through the JDBC-ODBC Bridge and sets the current database to "AdventureWorksLT":

 * OdbcSqlServerCurrentDatabase.java
 - Copyright (c) 2007, HerongYang.com, All Rights Reserved.
import java.sql.*;
public class OdbcSqlServerCurrentDatabase {
  public static void main(String [] args) {
    Connection con = null;
    try {
      con = DriverManager.getConnection(

// Checking the database name
      Statement sta = con.createStatement(); 
      ResultSet res = sta.executeQuery("SELECT DB_NAME()");
      String name = res.getString(1);
      System.out.println("Current database: "+name);

    } catch (Exception e) {
      System.err.println("Exception: "+e.getMessage());

The output confirms that the "database=name" property in the connection URL worked ok:

Current database: AdventureWorksLT

Last update: 2007.

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 - Flat Text Files

 JDBC-ODBC Bridge Driver - MS Access

JDBC-ODBC Bridge Driver - MS SQL Server

 JDBC-ODBC - Configuring SQL Server for TCP/IP Connection

 JDBC-ODBC - Creating DSN for SQL Server 2005

 JDBC-ODBC - Connecting to SQL Server 2005

 JDBC-ODBC - SQL Server and Driver Info

JDBC-ODBC - Setting Current Database

 JDBC-ODBC - Looping through ResultSet

 Summary of JDBC Drivers and Database Servers

 Additional Tutorial Notes to Be Added

 Outdated Tutorials


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