Java Program to connect Oracle Database with Example - JDBC Tutorial Sample Code

How to connect to Oracle database from Java Program using JDBC API is common need for many Java programmer, though there are lot of framework available which has simplified JDBC development e.g hibernate, Spring JdbcTempate and many more, but creating Java program to connect to oracle database from plain old Java is still most easy and quickest method for testing and debugging database connectivity. Database connection program is also a common Java programming exercise in many Java programming courses on school, colleges and various training institutes. We have been exploring  some advanced concepts and best practices on JDBC in my previous articles like  Why should you use PreparedStatement in Java and 4 JDBC performance tips for Java application , which you may like if you are on more advanced level. This simple java program is intended for beginners in Java which have just started learning JDBC API.

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How to connect Oracle Database from Java Program using JDBC - code example

How to connect Oracle database form Java program with exampleHere is a complete code example of Java program to connect Oracle database using JDBC. This Java program will connect  to Oracle database and print current date from "dual" system table. By the way before running this Java program to connect Oracle database make sure your Oracle database server is running and you have JDBC thin driver in your classpath like ojdbc6.jar or ojdbc6_g.jar.

import java.sql.Connection;
import java.sql.DriverManager;
import java.sql.PreparedStatement;
import java.sql.ResultSet;
import java.sql.SQLException;
import java.util.Properties;

 * Simple Java Program to connect Oracle database by using Oracle JDBC thin driver
 * Make sure you have Oracle JDBC thin driver in your classpath before running this program
 * @author

public class OracleJdbcExample {

    public static void main(String args[]) throws SQLException {
        //URL of Oracle database server
        String url = "jdbc:oracle:thin:@localhost:1632:DEVROOT32";
        //properties for creating connection to Oracle database
        Properties props = new Properties();
        props.setProperty("user", "scott");
        props.setProperty("password", "tiger");
        //creating connection to Oracle database using JDBC
        Connection conn = DriverManager.getConnection(url,props);

        String sql ="select sysdate as current_day from dual";

        //creating PreparedStatement object to execute query
        PreparedStatement preStatement = conn.prepareStatement(sql);
        ResultSet result = preStatement.executeQuery();
            System.out.println("Current Date from Oracle : " +         result.getString("current_day"));

Current Date from Oracle : 2012-04-12 17:13:49

Error and Exception while connecting Oracle Database from Java Program:

1) Invalid Username and Password
Exception in thread "main" java.sql.SQLException: ORA-01017: invalid username/password; logon denied
        at oracle.jdbc.driver.T4CTTIoer.processError(

This Error comes when username and password provided to Java program connecting to Oracle database is not correct.

2)No suitable driver found

        at java.sql.DriverManager.getConnection(
        at java.sql.DriverManager.getConnection(

This Error comes when JDBC thin driver for relevant Oracle version is not in Classpath. e.g. ojdbc6.jar or ojdbc6_g.jar (compiled with javac -g with debug information) for Oracle 11g.

Also while reading data from ResultSet ensure that you are using proper column index to avoid Exception in thread "main" java.sql.SQLException: Invalid column index which comes when you use invalid index like zero to access ResultSet on various get and set method.

In this Java program Example we have seen how to connect to Oracle database using JDBC thin driver , with thin driver its much easier to connect to oracle database as you don’t need to create data-sources like you do if you use JDBC ODBC Driver. Let me know if you face any issue while connecting to Oracle database form Java Program. Another worth noting point is connecting Oracle database using SSL from Java Program, which may see in another java tutorial.

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Anonymous said...

is there any difference when you connect to Oracle 10g or 11g database ? do I need to change JDBC driver for Oracle 11g datbase?

Anonymous said...

don't we have to load the driver using Class.forName("driver")

Anonymous said...

but how set thin driver in classpath

Anonymous said...

Class.forName("driver") is not needed in Java 6 and higher :)

vinutha kumar said...

when i write code of line to register the driver
DriverManager.registerDriver(new sun.jdbc.odbc.JdbcOdbcDriver());

i found the error like this

The constructor JdbcOdbcDriver() is not

accessible due to restriction on required library

C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\lib\rt.jar

please help?

Anonymous said...

Download ojdbc6.jar and import it to the classpath. This would resolve the issue.

farhan shaikh said...

I've set the class path for driver in .bashrc but it still says "No suitable driver found"

Anonymous said...

How to set the classpath to ojdbc6.jar in solaris OS??? People please help me out..

Er.Sarveshwar Prasad said...

C:\Users\Sarveshwar\Desktop>javac -cp E:\app\Sarveshwar\product\11.2.0\dbhome_1\jdbc\lib\ojdbc5_2.jar;C:\User\Sarveshwar\Desktop OracleJdbcExample
error: Class names, 'OracleJdbcExample', are only accepted if annotation processing is explicitly requested
1 error

C:\Users\Sarveshwar\Desktop>javac -cp E:\app\Sarveshwar\product\11.2.0\dbhome_1\jdbc\lib\ojdbc5_2.jar;C:\User\Sarveshwar\Desktop OracleJdbcExample
error: Class names, 'OracleJdbcExample', are only accepted if annotation processing is explicitly requested
1 error

C:\Users\Sarveshwar\Desktop>javac -cp E:\app\Sarveshwar\product\11.2.0\dbhome_1\jdbc\lib\ojdbc5_2.jar;C:\User\Sarveshwar\Desktop OracleJdbcExample
error: Class names, 'OracleJdbcExample', are only accepted if annotation processing is explicitly requested
1 error


C:\Users\Sarveshwar\Desktop>java OracleJdbcExample
Exception in thread "main" java.sql.SQLException: No suitable driver found for jdbc:oracle:thin:@localhost:1632:DEVROOT32
at java.sql.DriverManager.getConnection(Unknown Source)
at java.sql.DriverManager.getConnection(Unknown Source)
at OracleJdbcExample.main(

sam said...

I am not able connect using JDBC thin driver. It gives me a error ORA-01756 'Quoted string not properly terminated' which does not seem relevant. I am only trying to establish a database connection and not executing any SQL statement. Any thoughts?

Er. Abhay Mishra said...

import java.lang.Exception;
import java.sql.Connection;
import java.sql.DatabaseMetaData;
import java.sql.DriverManager;
import java.sql.SQLException;
public class java
static String url ="jdbc:odbc:vinn";
static Connection con =null;
public static void main(String[] args) throws SQLException {
Connection con =getOracleJDBCConnection();
System.out.println("got connection");
DatabaseMetaData meta=con.getMetaData();
System.out.println("Driver Name:"+meta.getDriverName());
System.out.println("Driver Version:"+meta.getDriverVersion());
System.out.println("could not find connection");
public static Connection getOracleJDBCConnection()
catch(java.lang.ClassNotFoundException e)
catch(SQLException ex)
System.err.println("SQLException:" + ex.getMessage());
return con;

when i compile this program an error is occured i.e. cannot find sysmbol java.lang in the 29th line's a program for testing jdbc connection driver name and its version...

how to resolve this issue....
i m compiling this program in the cmd

Prasanna said...

If you using eclipse , than change the program properties to jdk 1.6/7

Anonymous said...

If anyone has any trouble finding ojdbc6.jar e.g. not able to download from internet or internet is not available. Always remember that one copy of this JAR is available when you install Oracle Client or Server in your machine. You can find this JAR in following location :


Also JDBC Connection URL for Oracle can take variety of format e.g. it can include Service name or SID. following are some valid combination of Oracle JDBC URL :



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