Configuring a default data source

You can configure a default data source that is associated with different JDBC providers for database connectivity. The JDBC providers supply the driver implementation classes that are required for JDBC connectivity with your specific vendor database.

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To access a database from your application, you must configure a data source.


  1. Configure the datasource element with the ID DefaultDataSource in the server.xml file.
    <dataSource id="DefaultDataSource">
        <jdbcDriver libraryRef="MyJDBCLib"/>
        <properties.derby.embedded databaseName="myDB" createDatabase="create"/>
        <containerAuthData user="user1"  password="{xor}Oz0vKDtu" />
    <library id="MyJDBCLib">
        <file name="C:/derby/derby.jar"/>
    Note: The server must be running at the Java Enterprise Edition 7 platform level. This platform level is enabled when one or more Java Enterprise Edition 7 features are enabled in the server.xml file.
  2. To use the DefaultDataSource in a web application, a reference can be obtained with dependency injection:
    DataSource defaultDataSource;
    or through JNDI lookup:
    DataSource defaultDataSource = (DataSource) new InitialContext().lookup("java:comp/DefaultDataSource");