Simplifying JDBC Connections with JBang: Introducing the 'jdbc' Script

Max Rydahl Andersen


Hello, Java enthusiasts! Today, I’m excited to share a tool that I believe will make your database interactions much simpler. If you’ve worked with Java databases, you know that setting up JDBC connections can sometimes be a bit cumbersome. That’s where my JBang script, conveniently named jdbc, comes into play. It’s designed to streamline the process, making your life as a developer a bit easier.


What is JBang?

For the uninitiated, JBang is a tool that allows Java applications to be run in a script-like manner. It eliminates the need for boilerplate code, simplifying the execution and even installation of Java applications.

Features of the 'jdbc' Script

The jdbc script is a nifty tool with some compelling features:

  • Ease of Use: Run sqlline just by specifying the JDBC URL.

  • Driver Management: Automatically downloads the required driver for your database.

  • JBang all the way down: Use JBang, to make it all just work.

How to Use the 'jdbc' Script

Using the script is as straightforward as it gets:

  1. Run Directly: Execute jbang jdbc@maxandersen in your terminal.

  2. Install with JBang: Use jbang app install jdbc@maxandersen to install, and then simply run jdbc.

Example in Action

Let’s say you want to connect to an Oracle database. Normally, you’d have to manually handle drivers and set up the connection. With jdbc, it’s just a matter of executing:

jbang jdbc jdbc:oracle:thin:@myoracle.db.server:1521:my_sid

The script takes care of everything else, launching sqlline with the correct driver.

If you want to pass additional arguments to sqlline you can pass them after a double-dash (--), like this:

jdbc jdbc:sqlite:sample.db -- -e "select * from mytable"

Behind the Scenes

Developing this script was very simple. Find a blog listing a bunch of Maven artifact locations for common databases, and a blog with jdbc url examples and I was off to the races.

With some help from chatgpt I just outlined the idea with links to the above pots and most was done.

The script currently supports the following databases:

  • Derby

  • Firebird

  • H2

  • Hsqldb

  • Informix

  • Mariadb

  • Mysql

  • Oracle

  • PostgreSQL

  • SAP

  • SQL Server

  • SQLLite

Looking Ahead

I could see a few future improvements in making it even easier to make jdbc urls and connect but wanted to get this out as its already quite useful.

Join the Journey

I encourage you to try out the script and see how it can streamline your workflow. Your feedback is invaluable, so please share your experiences, suggest improvements, or even contribute to its development.


The jdbc script is a testament to how a tool like JBang can make Java development more efficient and enjoyable. I hope you find it as useful as I do in your daily coding adventures!

Have fun!