NetBeans 6.5 includes JDBC drivers for Postgresql and Mysql, two most popular opensource databases. Database integration in NetBeans is done is such way that it is possible to create database connection and use it in built-in SQL client or JPA modelling/programming.
In order to use databases more common in enterprise world, we need to add a JDBC driver to NetBeans.
In this example we will add and configure Sybase database connection.
We’ll use official Sybase driver, available from
Step 1. Open Services view and navigate to Databases -> Drivers
Step 2. Right click on Drivers and select “New Driver…”
Step 3. We will get dialog with information about new JDBC driver.
Step 4. In the upper part of dialog, we’ll choose a .jar file that contains Sybase JDBC driver, in this case it’s name is jconn3.jar. After choosing .jar files, we need to press ‘Find’ button to list all classes that implement java.sql.Driver and we’ll choose com.sybase.jdbc3.jdbc.SybDriver. We’ll also give a name to the driver configuration.
Step 5. Now we have a new driver installed. In order to use the driver, we need to create a database connection. Do the right click on new driver’s name and choose ‘Connect Using…’:
Step 6. In this step we’ll provide database username and password. We can choose to save password. NetBeans help has more information about security of such action.
Step 7. We need to provide JDBC url. It is vendor and driver specific – on the image bellow I used Sybase URL format:
Step 8. We also need to choose a schema that we’re connecting to.
We’re done! New Sybase connection is ready. It can be used in JPA applications or in built-in SQL client.