Downloading and Installing Derby (Java DB)

This section describes how to download and install Derby database server 10.17 - free for evaluation.

Derby is a relational database management system that is based on the Java programming language and SQL. Derby is a commercial release of the Apache Software Foundation's (ASF) open source relational database project. But you can still download a copy of Derby free for evaluation. The Apache project is called Derby.

If you want to install the latest version of Derby, you can follow this tutorial:

1. Go to Apache Derby Website at

2. Click "Download" from the menu. You see the list of Derby versions for downloading.

3. Click "" to see the download option page.

4. Click "" to download the binary package in ZIP format, which is good for Windows, Linux and macOS systems.

5. Unzip the download file in a local directory like %HOME%\local\derby or $HOME/local/derby depending your system platform. All installed files will be in the "db-derby-" sub-directory.

6. Look at installed files:

(on Windows systems)
herong> dir %HOME%\local\derby\db-derby-

(on Linux or macOS systems)
herong$ ls -l $HOME/local/derby/db-derby-

47124   KEYS
11560   LICENSE
15609   NOTICE
 6595   RELEASE-NOTES.html
(dir)   bin
(dir)   demo
(dir)   docs
 5026   index.html
(dir)   javadoc
(dir)   lib
(dir)   test

7. Setting environment variables to help running Derby. For example:

(on Windows systems)
herong> set JAVA_HOME=C:\Program Files\Java\jdk-12.0.1
herong> set DERBY_HOME=%HOME%\local\db-derby-

(on CentOS Linux systems)
herong$ export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.8.0-openjdk.i386
herong$ export DERBY_HOME=$HOME/local/db-derby-

(on macOS systems)
$ export JAVA_HOME=/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk-21.jdk/Contents/Home
$ export DERBY_HOME=$HOME/local/db-derby-

Cool. I have Derby 10.17 installed on my local system and ready to use!

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) Introduction

 JDK (Java SE) Installation

Installing and Running Derby (Java DB)

Downloading and Installing Derby (Java DB)

 Derby (Java DB) in the JDK 1.8 Package

 Downloading Derby (Java DB) Documents

 "sysinfo" - Checking Derby (Java DB) Installation

 Setting Up Derby (Java DB) in Network Server

 "ij" - Client Tool to Create New Databases

 Derby (Java DB) JDBC Driver

 Derby (Java DB) JDBC DataSource Objects

 Derby (Java DB) - DML Statements

 Derby (Java DB) - ResultSet Objects of Queries

 Derby (Java DB) - PreparedStatement

 Summary of JDBC Drivers and Database Servers

 Using Connection Pool with JDBC

 Archived Tutorials


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