MSSql 2005 JDBC Driver

This article will explain what are JDBC drivers, how to download the MSSql 2005 JDBC driver and how to connect to MSSql 2005 using DbSchema Free Database Designer.

What are JDBC Drivers?

JDBC drivers are Java library files with the extension .jar used by all Java applications to connect to the database. Usually, they are provided by the same company which implemented the MSSql 2005 software. DbSchema Tool already includes an MSSql 2005 driver, which is automatically downloaded when you connect to MSSql 2005.

What is the JDBC URL?

Each JDBC driver is using a specific URL. The URL is a string (text) with a specific format, containing information about the host where the database is running, the port, username, database name, etc. The format is specific to each driver. Any wrong character in the URL may make the database connectivity fail, therefore we recommend installing DbSchema and try to get connected. Then you can find the right URL directly in the DbSchema connection dialog.

Driver Information

  • Required File(s): sqljdbc.jar
  • Java Driver Class:
  • URL: jdbc:weblogic:mssqlserver4:{DB}@{HOST}:{PORT}
  • Website: Microsoft

jTDS JDBC Driver

Download the file, unzip it and then load the jtds.jar file
  • Required File(s): jtds-1.2.2.jar
  • Java Driver Class: net.sourceforge.jtds.jdbc.Driver
  • URL: jdbc:jtds:sqlserver://{HOST}[:{PORT}][/{DB}][;instance={PARAM}] jdbc:jtds:sqlserver://{HOST}[:{PORT}][/{DB}];domain={PARAM};integratedSecurity=true jdbc:jtds:sqlserver://{HOST}:{PORT}/{DB}
  • Website: jTDS web site

Download MSSql before 2006 JDBC Driver

The driver files are compressed in a zip file.

for any issues with the driver, you can write to us.

Connect to MSSql 2005 using DbSchema Free Edition

Installing DbSchema Free edition will help to test the database connectivity and the JDBC driver URL.

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When the download finished please follow this steps:

  1. 1 Select an Alias for your database connection. This will be the name of this specific connection to the database.
  2. 2 Select 'MSSql 2005' from the list of DBMS (Database Management Systems).
  3. 3 The driver for your database will be automatically downloaded for you in the folder
    • C:\Users\YourUser\.DbSchema\drivers\MSSql 2005 (Windows) or
    • /Users/YourUser/.DbSchema/drivers/MSSql 2005 (Linux and MacOS).
    Each database can have multiple connection and authentication methods. Switch to a different method from the dropdown menu.
Choose database and alias
  1. 4

    There are two tabs you can use to connect. 'Compose URL' will ask for the host, port, username, etc., and will create the JDBC URL for you.

    The 'Edit URL' will let you directly enter the JDBC URL.

    You can use the first tab to connect, and then see the created URL in the second tab.

Compose URL Tab Edit URL Tab
  1. 5 If connectivity succeeds, you should get your first DbSchema project and first diagrams.
Database Diagram

Connectivity Troubleshooting

If you get problems connecting to the database, please remember :
  • Press the ping button in the connection dialog to make sure the host and port are reachable.
  • Enable Remote connections as they are not always enabled by default. This may require configuration changes.
  • Windows Firewall may block the communication. You may need to reconfigure or disable it.
  • Check the driver version is compatible with the database software. It may be that DbSchema provided a JDBC driver is not the latest version. Please inform us in this case.
Further connectivity tips can be found on the MSSql 2005 Connectivity Tips page.