Check database Batch support

This is an example of how to check if a database supports batch updates. Checking if a database supports batch updates implies that 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.
  • Get the DatabaseMetaData, with the getMetaData() API method of the Connection. It contains metadata about the database to which this Connection object represents a connection. The metadata includes information about the database’s tables, its supported SQL grammar, its stored procedures, the capabilities of this connection, and so on.
  • To check whether this database supports batch updates or not invoke the supportsBatchUpdates() of the DatabaseMetaData.

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

package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.core;

import java.sql.Connection;
import java.sql.DatabaseMetaData;
import java.sql.DriverManager;
import java.sql.SQLException;

public class BatchSupport {
  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 {

  DatabaseMetaData dmd = connection.getMetaData();

  if (dmd.supportsBatchUpdates()) {

System.out.println("Batching is supported");

  } else {

System.out.println("Batching is NOT supported");

    } catch (SQLException e) {

  System.out.println("Could not get database metadata " + e.getMessage());


Example Output:

Successfully Connected to the database!
Batching is supported

This was an example of how to check if a database supports batch updates in Java.

Ilias Tsagklis

Ilias is a software developer turned online entrepreneur. He is co-founder and Executive Editor at Java Code Geeks.
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