Running within a Java Object

If you have a java application and wish to “embed” a MySQL database, make use of the com.mysql.management.MysqldResource class directly. This class may be instantiated with the default (no argument) constructor, or by passing in a java.io.File object representing the directory you wish the server to be "unzipped" into. It may also be instantiated with printstreams for "stdout" and "stderr" for logging.

Once instantiated, a java.util.Map, the object will be able to provide a java.util.Map of server options appropriate for the platform and version of MySQL which you will be using.

The MysqldResource enables you to "start" MySQL with a java.util.Map of server options which you provide, as well as "shutdown" the database. The following example shows a simplistic way to embed MySQL in an application using plain java objects.

You can find this file in the Connector/MXJ package as src/ConnectorMXJObjectTestExample.java.

import java.io.File;
import java.sql.Connection;
import java.sql.DriverManager;
import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.Map;

import com.mysql.management.MysqldResource;
import com.mysql.management.MysqldResourceI;
import com.mysql.management.util.QueryUtil;

public class ConnectorMXJObjectTestExample {
    public static final String DRIVER = "com.mysql.jdbc.Driver";

    public static final String JAVA_IO_TMPDIR = "java.io.tmpdir";

    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        File ourAppDir = new File(System.getProperty(JAVA_IO_TMPDIR));
        File databaseDir = new File(ourAppDir, "mysql-mxj");
        int port = Integer.parseInt(System.getProperty("c-mxj_test_port",
        String userName = "alice";
        String password = "q93uti0opwhkd";

        MysqldResource mysqldResource = startDatabase(databaseDir, port,
                userName, password);

        Connection conn = null;
        try {
            String dbName = "our_test_app";
            String url = "jdbc:mysql://localhost:" + port + "/" + dbName //
                    + "?" + "createDatabaseIfNotExist=true"//
            conn = DriverManager.getConnection(url, userName, password);
            String sql = "SELECT VERSION()";
            String queryForString = new QueryUtil(conn).queryForString(sql);

            Thread.sleep(100); // wait for System.out to finish flush
        } finally {
            try {
                if (conn != null) {
            } catch (Exception e) {
            try {
            } catch (Exception e) {

    public static MysqldResource startDatabase(File databaseDir, int port,
            String userName, String password) {
        MysqldResource mysqldResource = new MysqldResource(databaseDir);

        Map database_options = new HashMap();
        database_options.put(MysqldResourceI.PORT, Integer.toString(port));
        database_options.put(MysqldResourceI.INITIALIZE_USER, "true");
        database_options.put(MysqldResourceI.INITIALIZE_USER_NAME, userName);
        database_options.put(MysqldResourceI.INITIALIZE_PASSWORD, password);

        mysqldResource.start("test-mysqld-thread", database_options);

        if (!mysqldResource.isRunning()) {
            throw new RuntimeException("MySQL did not start.");

        System.out.println("MySQL is running.");

        return mysqldResource;
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