MySQL Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Examples - Version 4.11, by Dr. Herong Yang

MySQL Connector/J - Download and Installation

This section describes how to download and install MySQL Connector/J (JDBC driver) required to run Java programs to access MySQL servers.

To use Java programs to access MySQL servers, of course you need to install the JDK package on you system first. If you need help on installing the JDK package, please read my other tutorial book, "Java Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Notes".

With MySQL server installed and running, I am ready to try the JDBC driver to access my MySQL server. Here is what I did to download and install MySQL JDBC driver:

  • Go to the MySQL Drivers page.
  • Click Download link next to "JDBC Driver for MySQL (Connector/J)"
  • Click the Download link next to "Source and Binaries (zip) 5.0.7 8.3M"
  • Save the download file,, to a temporary directory. The file size is about 8.5MB.
  • Unzip this file. I got a directory called mysql-connector-java-5.0.7. I moved and renamed this directory to \local\mysql-connector-java.
  • Finally, copy \local\mysql-connector-java\mysql-connector-java-5.0.7-bin.jar to \local\lib\mysql-connector-java-5.0.7-bin.jar.

The installation is done. You should read the documentation at \local\mysql-connector-java\docs\connector-j.pdf. Some version information of MySQL Connctor/J 5.0.7 is summarized here:

  • MySQL Connctor/J 5.0.7 implements version 3.0 of the JDBC specification.
  • MySQL Connctor/J 5.0.7 is a Type 4 driver - Pure Java and direct connection to the server.
  • MySQL Connctor/J 5.0.7 supports JDK 1.5.x environments.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction of SQL

 MySQL 4.0 Introduction and Installation

 Installing MySQL 5.5.15

 Installing MySQL 5.0.2 (Alpha)

 Introduction of MySQL 5.0 Programs

 Perl Programs and MySQL Servers

 PHP Programs and MySQL Servers

Java Programs and MySQL Servers

MySQL Connector/J - Download and Installation

 Loading JDBC Driver Class - com.mysql.jdbc.Driver

 JDBC Driver Connection URL

 Creating Connections with DataSource Class

 Getting Driver and Server Information

 Creating Tables with AUTO_INCREMENT Columns

 "INSERT INTO" Statements

 Datatypes and Data Literals

 Operations and Expressions

 Character Strings and Bit Strings

 Commonly Used Functions

 Table Column Types for Different Types of Values

 Using DDL to Create Tables and Indexes

 Using DML to Insert, Update and Delete Records

 Using SELECT to Query Database

 Transaction Management and Isolation Levels


 Defining and Calling Stored Procedures

 Variables, Loops and Cursors Used in Stored Procedures


 Printable Copy - PDF Version

MySQL Connector/J - Download and Installation - Updated in 2012, by Dr. Herong Yang