Download PointBase JDBC Driver

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 PointBase software. DbSchema Tool already include an PointBase driver, which is automatically downloaded when you connect to PointBase.

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 to install DbSchema and try to get connected. Then you can find the right URL directly in the DbSchema connection dialog.

HSQLDB may run in two modes: local and server mode. In the local mode the database engine is started directly by the driver, and the software will run in the same thread, locally.

Local version

  • Required File(s): pbembedded.jar
  • Java Driver Class: com.pointbase.jdbc.jdbcUniversalDriver
  • URL: jdbc:pointbase:embedded:PBPUBLIC
  • Website: PointBase

Server version

  • Required File(s): pbclient.jar
  • Java Driver Class: com.pointbase.jdbc.jdbcUniversalDriver
  • URL: jdbc:pointbase:server://{HOST}:{PORT}/{DB}
  • Website: PointBase

Test the Driver and the JDBC URL Using DbSchema

Installing DbSchema may help to test the database connectivity and the JDBC driver URL. DbSchema can be downloaded and installed for free.

Free Download DbSchema

After downloading 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 'PointBase' from the lilt 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\PointBase (Windows) or
    • /Users/YourUser/.DbSchema/drivers/PointBase (Linux and MacOS).
    Every database can have different methods of connection. You can change them from the dropdown menu.
Choose database and alias
  1. 4

    There are two tab you can use to connect. 'Compose URL' will ask for 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 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 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 JDBC driver is not the latest version. Please inform us in this case.
Further connectivity tips can be found in PointBase Connectivity Tips page.