DriverManager - Connection URL

This section provides information about connection URL used by DriverManager to create a database connection.

As we learned earlier, the traditional way to create a connection object is to use the DriverManager class with a connection URL in the following format:


<subprotocol> in the URL is used to identify the JDBC driver class which will create a connection object based on information provided in <subname>. For example, "odbc" in the connection URL "jdbc:odbc:HY_FLAT" identifies the JDBC-ODBC Bridge driver. "sqlserver" in "jdbc:sqlserver://localhost:1269" identifies the Microsoft JDBC Driver.

<subname> in the URL is used to provide additional information to help the JDBC driver to identify the database server. If the database server is on remote host on the Internet, <subname> should have the following format:


For example, "HY_FLAT" in the connection URL "jdbc:odbc:HY_FLAT" provides the data source name to help JDBC-ODBC Bridge driver to create a connection object. "//localhost:1269" in "jdbc:sqlserver://localhost:1269" provides the host name and the port number to help Microsoft JDBC Driver to create a connection object.

The DriverManager class offers 3 methods for you to create a connection object using the specified connection URL:

Connection con = DriverManager.getConnection(String url);

Connection con = DriverManager.getConnection(String url,
  Properties info)

Connection con = DriverManager.getConnection(String url,
  String user, String password)

Tutorials of using connection URLs are included in other chapters in this book.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) Introduction

 What Is JDBC?

 JDBC Version and History

 JDBC Driver Types

 Establishing Connections from JDBC to Databases

 DriverManager - Loading JDBC Driver

DriverManager - Connection URL

 JDK (Java SE) Installation

 Microsoft SQL Server Express Edition

 Microsoft JDBC Driver for SQL Server

 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

 Archived Tutorials


 Full Version in PDF/EPUB