Although ActiveJDBC has advanced features, simple things are very easy. This page shows simplest cases of DB access with ActiveJDBC.


  • Java :)
  • Maven
  • Database

Create a standard Maven project structure

While ActiveJDBC does not have to be used with Maven, this example (as well as ActiveJDBC itself) was built with Maven.

See example project: Simple Maven - based example.

Create a table

This is an SQL statement to create a table (MySQL used for this example):

CREATE TABLE employees (
      id  int(11) DEFAULT NULL auto_increment PRIMARY KEY,
      first_name VARCHAR(56),
      last_name VARCHAR(56)

Maven configuration

Add ActiveJDBC dependency

Change version to latest.

Add ActiveJDBC Instrumentation plugin

Add the following to the plugins section of the POM:

Write a model

This is the easiest thing - writing a simple model is usually done with one line of code:

Please, note that the name of a table is employees - plural, and the name of a model is Employee - singular. If you are wondering how this is done, you can take a look at the Inflector class. ActiveJDBC uses inflections of English language to do conversion of plural and singular forms of words. This of course can be overridden by a @Table annotation.

Open a connection

Replace the values for the ones that make sense for your environment. Base is a utility class that allows to perform some basic (hence the name) JDBC operations, one of them is opening a connection. The connection object is then attached to the current thread, and can be consumed by any ActiveJDBC API.

Create a new record

This is self-explanatory. Models are somewhat like maps. There are no setters or getters. You can still write them if you like, see Setters and getters for more information.

The same logic can be written in one line:

The framework has quite a few shortcuts like this one.

Finding a single record

This line will find an instance of Employee (conditionally), if one exists, or null if one does not exist.

Finding some records

Updating a record

This snippet should also be self-explanatory:

Deleting a record

Deleting all records

Selecting all records

Sample project using Ant

If you are not using Maven, you can use Ant. Example of exactly the same project with all necessary dependencies can be found here: Please see README file there.


This introduction provides enough information to get started. It also shows how simple ActiveJDBC APIs are. This ORM has many advanced features, such as automatic recognition of associations, caching, validations, polymorphic associations, etc. The code used on this page can be found in this simple project:

Enjoy :)

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