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

Loading JDBC Driver for MySQL Server

This section describes how to load the MySQL JDBC driver class - mysql-connector-java-5.1.36-bin.jar.

If you are using JDK 1.8, it will automatically load the MySQL JDBC 5.1.36 driver, as long as the JAR file is included in the classpath. There is no need to call Class.forName("com.mysql.jdbc.Driver") to load the driver class explicitly Here is a tutorial program to show you how JDBC loads the MySQL JDBC 5.1.36 driver:

/* MySqlLoadDriver.java
 - Copyright (c) 2015, HerongYang.com, All Rights Reserved.
import java.sql.*;
import java.util.*;
public class MySqlLoadDriver {
  public static void main(String [] args) {
    Connection con = null;
    try {
      System.out.println("Before loading SQLServerDriver:");

// Load the MySQL JDBC driver
      Class.forName("com.mysql.jdbc.Driver") ;
      System.out.println("After loading SQLServerDriver:");

    } catch (Exception e) {
      System.err.println("Exception: "+e.getMessage());
  private static void listDrivers() {
    Enumeration driverList = DriverManager.getDrivers();
    while (driverList.hasMoreElements()) {
      Driver driverClass = (Driver) driverList.nextElement();
      System.out.println("   "+driverClass.getClass().getName());

The compilation and execution tests with JDK 1.8 were recorded below:

C:\herong>\Progra~1\java\jdk1.8.0_45\bin\javac MySqlLoadDriver.java

   -cp .;\local\lib\mysql-connector-java-5.1.36-bin.jar

Before loading SQLServerDriver:
After loading SQLServerDriver:

Note that:

  • 2 JDBC driver classes were loaded automatically before calling the Class.forName() to load them explicitly.
  • I am sure that the "com.mysql.jdbc.Driver" class is the JDBC driver class for the MySQL server.
  • I am not sure what the "com.mysql.fabric.jdbc.FabricMySQLDriver" driver class is for.

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 Connector/J - Download and Installation

Loading JDBC Driver for MySQL Server

 JDBC Driver Connection URL

 Creating Connections with DataSource Class

 Getting Driver and Server Information

 Creating Tables with AUTO_INCREMENT Columns

 "INSERT INTO" Statements

 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

 Summary of JDBC Drivers and Database Servers

 Additional Tutorial Notes to Be Added

 Outdated Tutorials


 PDF Printing Version

Loading JDBC Driver for MySQL Server - Updated in 2015, by Dr. Herong Yang