Downloading and Installing Java DB (Derby)

This section describes how to download and install Java DB (Derby database server) 10.11 - free for evaluation.

Java DB is a relational database management system that is based on the Java programming language and SQL. Java DB is a commercial release of the Apache Software Foundation's (ASF) open source relational database project. But you can still download a copy of Java DB 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
12966   NOTICE
12616   RELEASE-NOTES.html
(dir)   bin
(dir)   demo
(dir)   docs
 4993   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%\lib\db-derby-

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

(on macOS systems)
$ export JAVA_HOME=/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk-13.jdk/Contents/Home
$ export DERBY_HOME=$HOME/lib/db-derby-

Cool. I have Derby 10.15 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 Java DB - Derby

Downloading and Installing Java DB (Derby)

 Java DB (Derby) in the JDK 1.8 Package

 Downloading Java DB (Derby) Documents

 "sysinfo" - Checking Java DB (Derby) Installation

 Setting Up Java DB (Derby) in Network Server

 "ij" - Client Tool to Create New Databases

 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 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

 Summary of JDBC Drivers and Database Servers

 Using Connection Pool with JDBC

 Archived Tutorials


 Full Version in PDF/EPUB