JSF Database Example – MySQL JDBC

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Welcome to JSF Database example. We will use JSF with MySQL database and use JDBC for our example. Java Server Faces can be connected to database to perform operations on the data using JDBC API.

JSF Database Example

Lets consider an example of pulling the data from a Car table residing in the database and display them using JDBC.

First, create the car table in mysql database as shown below.

Create a new database cardb as


Use the created database cardb to create table as

USE cardb;

Create the table car as shown below

	cname VARCHAR(60) NOT NULL,
	color VARCHAR(60),
	speed INTEGER,
	Manufactured_Country VARCHAR(100),
	PRIMARY KEY(car_id));

Now we shall insert some values into the Car table as

INSERT INTO Car VALUES(1,'Zen','Grey',45.34,'India');
INSERT INTO Car VALUES(2,'Volkswagen','Black',49.64,'Germany');
INSERT INTO Car VALUES(3,'Polo','White',52.33,'Japan');
INSERT INTO Car VALUES(4,'Audi','Blue',55.98,'Germany');
INSERT INTO Car VALUES(5,'Innova','Maroon',39.97,'France');
INSERT INTO Car VALUES(6,'FiatPalio','Silver',35.45,'Italy');
INSERT INTO Car VALUES(7,'Qualis','Red',23.35,'Paris');

Model Classes

Now Create the plain old java object class Car.java with the fields and getter and setter methods as shown below.

package com.journaldev.jsf.beans;

public class Car {

	private Integer cid;
	private String cname;
	private String color;
	private Integer speed;
	private String mfdctry;

	public Car() {

	public Car(Integer cid, String cname, String color, Integer speed,
			String mfdctry) {
		this.cid = cid;
		this.cname = cname;
		this.color = color;
		this.speed = speed;
		this.mfdctry = mfdctry;

	public Integer getCid() {
		return cid;

	public void setCid(Integer cid) {
		this.cid = cid;

	public String getCname() {
		return cname;

	public void setCname(String cname) {
		this.cname = cname;

	public String getColor() {
		return color;

	public void setColor(String color) {
		this.color = color;

	public Integer getSpeed() {
		return speed;

	public void setSpeed(Integer speed) {
		this.speed = speed;

	public String getMfdctry() {
		return mfdctry;

	public void setMfdctry(String mfdctry) {
		this.mfdctry = mfdctry;


Create a managed bean CarBean.java using which we will establish a connection to the database via Class.forName method to execute a query to pull the data from the car table. Note that this is very inefficient way to create and manage database connections. You should use JNDI Connection with Datasource or create a utility class for this. However for simplicity, I am not having those extra classes in my project.

package com.journaldev.jsf.beans;

import java.io.Serializable;
import java.sql.Connection;
import java.sql.DriverManager;
import java.sql.PreparedStatement;
import java.sql.ResultSet;
import java.sql.SQLException;
import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;
import javax.faces.bean.ManagedBean;
import javax.faces.bean.SessionScoped;

public class CarBean implements Serializable {

	private static final long serialVersionUID = 6081417964063918994L;

	public List<Car> getCars() throws ClassNotFoundException, SQLException {

		Connection connect = null;

		String url = "jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/cardb";

		String username = "pankaj";
		String password = "pankaj123";

		try {


			connect = DriverManager.getConnection(url, username, password);
			// System.out.println("Connection established"+connect);

		} catch (SQLException ex) {
			System.out.println("in exec");

		List<Car> cars = new ArrayList<Car>();
		PreparedStatement pstmt = connect
				.prepareStatement("select car_id, cname, color, speed, Manufactured_Country from Car");
		ResultSet rs = pstmt.executeQuery();

		while (rs.next()) {

			Car car = new Car();



		// close resources

		return cars;



Now create JSF view page car.xhtml as shown below.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" 
<html xmlns="https://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"
	<title>JSF JDBC Integration</title>

	<h2>Car Details</h2>
	<h:dataTable value="#{carBean.cars}" var="car" border="2">
			<f:facet name="header">Car ID</f:facet>
			<f:facet name="header">Car Name</f:facet>
			<f:facet name="header">Car Color</f:facet>
			<f:facet name="header">Car Speed</f:facet>
			<f:facet name="header">Manufactured Country</f:facet>

Note that we need to include MySQL Connector jar in our project for getting MySQL database connection. So add below dependency in pom.xml file. Add mysql connector jar version according to your MySQL installation.


Now run the application and you will see below output response page.

JSF Database MySQL JDBC Example

Finally below image shows the project structure in Eclipse.

JSF Database example, JSF MySQL, JSF JDBC

You can download the project from below link and play around with it to learn more.


  1. Mateus from Brazil says:

    Hi, thanks for your tutorial. It is the better of internet 🙂 I’m learging java for myself, and this post open my mind.
    So, I change to my learging, and do it:

    //——————————- Autoriados.java (file name) —————————————————————————–

    public List listar() throws ClassNotFoundException, SQLException {

    System.out.println(“##############ENTREI NO CLIENTEBEAN.LISTAR ()”);
    JDBCAutorizadosDAO listarAutorizados = new JDBCAutorizadosDAO();

    return listarAutorizados.listar();

    //——————————- JDBCAutorizadosDAO.java ——————————————————————————

    public List listar() throws ClassNotFoundException, SQLException {


    System.out.println(“!!!!!!!!!!!!!! getAutorizados !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”);

    List autorizados = new ArrayList();
    PreparedStatement pstmt = conn.prepareStatement(“SELECT login_user,data,enable FROM autorizados”);
    ResultSet rs = pstmt.executeQuery();

    while (rs.next()) {

    Autorizados autorizado = new Autorizados();


    // System.out.println(“—->”+autorizado.getData()+autorizado.getLoginUser());

    // close resources

    return autorizados;


    //——————————- cadastra_autorizados.xhtml ——————————————————————————



    The xhtml show empety. I belive that problemas is on value=”#{autorizados.loginUser}”, at XHTML file or in list return: return listarAutorizados.listar(); at JDBCAutorizadosDAO.java

    Can you help me ?

  2. Dd. says:

    Thank you, looks like it would be helpful for me.:)

  3. Radek says:

    I really need Your help..

    If I write a simple SELECT * FROM table and then in while r.setName(rs.getString(1)) it works great.

    If I change SELECT name FROM table then I have no resutl. I also tried r.setName(rs.getString(“name”)) and it does not work. Please, tell me what I’m doing wrong.

  4. lilienfa says:

    Firstly, I would like to thank you for all your help! Everything is clear. Almost everything…

    I was wondering why you didnt import the Cars.java class in the CarsBean. I substituted all Car related items with Product. However, when I try to instantiate in the while loop: Product product = new Product();
    I seem to get a complaint: ‘Cannot instantiate the type Product’. I am probably missing out on something…

    1. Pankaj says:

      If two classes are in the same package, we don’t need to import them explicitly. Note that in my example, CarBean and Car classes are in the same package. Also if you are using any IDE such as Eclipse or IntelliJ IDEA, they show the compilation error with quick fixes to import them.

  5. Edward says:

    Now, how do you insert into a database, information from a selected row of a datatable?

  6. I am from Peru. I am a technological institute teacher and 70 years ald.
    Your tutorial is excellent. Thank you.

    1. Pankaj says:

      Thanks for the nice comment.

  7. Jon says:

    could not get carbean.java to connect ?

  8. irshad says:

    unable to create managedbean. what i will do.pls help me,,
    iam everything done as you said.but i cant ….

  9. Jon Alex says:

    Love your tutorial.

    Thank you.

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