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Insert a row into a table example

With this example we are going to demonstrate how to insert a row into a table. We can insert rows to a table with the Statement or the PreparedStatement API, according to the frequency of inserted rows. In short, to insert a row into a table you should:

  • Load the JDBC driver, using the forName(String className) API method of the Class. In this example we use the MySQL JDBC driver.
  • Create a Connection to the database. Invoke the getConnection(String url, String user, String password) API method of the DriverManager to create the connection.
  • For inserts that are not executed frequently use the Statement API. Create a Statement, using the createStatement() API method of the Connection. Execute the query to the database, using the executeUpdate(String sql) API method. It returns the count of inserted rows.
  • For inserts that are executed frequently use the PreparedStatement API. Create a PreparedStatement, using the prepareStatement(String sql) API method of the Connection. For each one of the rows to be inserted invoke the setString(int parameterIndex, String x) API method to insert a value to each row, and then invoke the executeUpdate() API method to execute the insert.

Let’s take a look at the code snippet that follows:

package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.core;

import java.sql.Connection;
import java.sql.DriverManager;
import java.sql.PreparedStatement;
import java.sql.SQLException;
import java.sql.Statement;

public class InsertRowsExample {
  public static void main(String[] args) {

    Connection connection = null;
    try {

  // Load the MySQL JDBC driver

  String driverName = "com.mysql.jdbc.Driver";


  // Create a connection to the database

  String serverName = "localhost";

  String schema = "test";

  String url = "jdbc:mysql://" + serverName +  "/" + schema;

  String username = "username";

  String password = "password";

  connection = DriverManager.getConnection(url, username, password);


  System.out.println("Successfully Connected to the database!");

    } catch (ClassNotFoundException e) {

  System.out.println("Could not find the database driver " + e.getMessage());
    } catch (SQLException e) {

  System.out.println("Could not connect to the database " + e.getMessage());

    try {


  * For inserts that are not executed frequently we should use the statement API.

  * insertCount contains the number of inserted rows (should be equal to 1)


Statement statement = connection.createStatement();

int insertCount = statement.executeUpdate("INSERT INTO test_table (test_col) VALUES('test_value')");

System.out.println("Inserted test_value successfully : " + insertCount );


  * For inserts that are executed frequently we should 

  * use the prepared statement API.


PreparedStatement preparedStatement = connection.prepareStatement("INSERT INTO test_table (test_col) VALUES(?)");

// Insert 10 rows

for (int i=0; i<10; i++) {

    preparedStatement.setString(1, "test_value_"+i);


    // insertCount contains the number of inserted rows (should be equal to 1)

    insertCount = preparedStatement.executeUpdate();


    System.out.println("Inserted test_value_" + i +" successfully : " + insertCount );


    } catch (SQLException e) {

  System.out.println("Could not insert data to the database " + e.getMessage());


Example Output:

Successfully Connected to the database!
Inserted test_value successfully : 1
Inserted test_value_0 successfully : 1
Inserted test_value_1 successfully : 1
Inserted test_value_2 successfully : 1
Inserted test_value_3 successfully : 1
Inserted test_value_4 successfully : 1
Inserted test_value_5 successfully : 1
Inserted test_value_6 successfully : 1
Inserted test_value_7 successfully : 1
Inserted test_value_8 successfully : 1
Inserted test_value_9 successfully : 1

This was an example of how to insert a row into a table in Java.

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