PostgreSQL Tutorial: Setting up JDBC Driver in DBeaver

October 27, 2023

Summary: in this tutorial, you will learn how to set up PostgreSQL JDBC driver in DBeaver.

You can use a pre-configured database driver or create a new driver.

DBeaver has a pre-configured PostgreSQL JDBC driver. But sometimes you need to connect to a database using a driver in a specified version, maybe older or newer than the version configured in DBeaver.

All you need is a JDBC driver of your database. The rest is easy.

Obtaining JDBC driver

JDBC driver is a program (in Java) which can connect and operate with some local or remote database server. It usually provides all needed functionality to cover 100% of database functionality. The JDBC driver is usually provided by database vendors to allow customers to work with their databases.

The JDBC driver consists of one or multiple jar files. The Jar file is a library which contains program code and some other files. You need to visit the PostgreSQL JDBC driver’s download page, to get the driver’s jar files before adding them to DBeaver.

Adding driver configuration in DBeaver

Open driver manager dialog

You can open the Driver Manager from the main menu or Database Navigator drop-down menu:


enter into the Driver Manager dialog:


Add a new driver

Just click the button New and create a new driver. On the driver edit dialog you need to enter all required information:

Main parameters


Parameter Description
Driver Name Name of your driver. It can be any name you like
Driver Type Driver provider. In 99% cases you will need a generic driver (JDBC provider)
Class Name JDBC driver class name. You can get it from the documentation or find it in the jar files (see “Find Class” button description)
URL Template Template of driver URL. You can leave it empty. But in this case you will be ready to set JDBC URL for each your connection. It is better to define a valid template, which will greatly simplify the connections creation. See “URL Templates” for a detailed description
Default Port Default database port. You can get it from the documentation or leave it empty
Embedded Enable it for server-less databases. This flag affects a few config options related to the network/connections management
No Authentication This means that driver does not require authentication (no user/password fields will be shown)
Category Driver category, deprecated
ID Driver unique ID, ignore it
Description Driver description, it is shown in some dialogs/wizards as a hint


This is the list of jar files, binary libraries (dll or so) and any other files required by the driver. In most cases you only need the jar files. Click “Add File” to add a single jar file, “Add Folder” to add to the folder with Java classes/resources and “Add Artifact” to add the Maven artifact (see below).

After you add the jar files you will be able to find all JDBC driver classes which are found in these jars. Just click on the “Find Class” button and DBeaver will show all of them. In most cases there is just one driver class in the driver. If there are many of them, you need to refer to the driver’s documentation.

Maven artifacts

DBeaver can download driver jars directly from the Maven repository (it is a global public repository of Java libraries, usually an open-source). If your database driver is published on some public repository you can use this feature. Maven artifacts are better than plain jar files because you can see all existing driver versions and can change the driver version in runtime without any driver properties reconfiguration.

To add and edit artifacts in existing drivers, choose Database -> Driver Manager -> Select driver-> Libraries.

To edit the artifact in existing driver, double click on the library. To add artifacts in existing driver, click Add Artifact.

For add artifact, DBeaver supports two modes Dependency Declaration and Declare Artifacts Manually. The editing artifact only supports the second Declare Artifacts Manually.

Dependency Declaration

Mode parses the inputted text and creates artifacts out of the results of parsing. It supports the multiple input formats written below.

Dependency Declaration

Supported formats:

  • Short Gradle


  • Maven

    • For a single artifact

    • For multiple artifacts


Declare Artifacts Manually

It allows you to manually set up parameters. It allows you to add only one item per dialog.

Declare artifacts manually

Saving driver, adding connection

After you have finished configuring your driver, just press the Ok button. Now you can Create Connection.

If you need to change some driver properties later you can access them directly from connection properties dialog:


URL Templates

JDBC drivers use URLs to identify remote servers - strings similar to classic web URLs. Usually, URL has form jdbc:vendor:host:port/database, for example ‘jdbc:postgresql:localhost:5432/postgres’. It is not very convenient to edit such a long and an unobvious string. DBeaver can construct this URL from connection parameters (like host, port, etc).

For example the above URL template is: jdbc:postgresql://{host}:{port}/{database}, host, port and database are parameters which you will need to enter on the connection configuration page.

Supported URL variables:

Parameter Description
{host} Database server host name
{port} Database server port number
{database} Target database name
{server} Target server name (rarely used)
{folder} Folder path (on the local file system). Used for embedded drivers
{file} File path (on the local file system). Used for embedded drivers

Advanced settings

For most drivers you do not need to change any advanced properties. But in some cases you can use this as driver tuning, e.g. for better performance or for structure fixing.


Main parameters

Parameter Description
Driver supports indexes Driver supports table indexes
Driver supports stored code Whether this driver supports stored code (procedures, functions, packages, etc)
Driver supports references Driver supports table references (foreign keys)
Driver supports SELECT count(*) clause Driver supports SELECT count(*) clause
Driver supports views Driver supports table views
Split procedures and functions Show procedures and functions in different folders
Script delimiter Literal for SQL queries separation in scripts
Script delimiter redefiner SQL clause which redefines script delimiter value
Use script delimiter after query Keep SQL script delimiter after each SQL query
Use script delimiter after SQL block Keep SQL script delimiter after SQL script blocks (BEGIN/END)
String escape character Character used to escape special symbols in strings
Meta model type Type of metadata reading model - standard or indexed
All Objects Pattern SQL pattern for all metadata objects
Omit catalog(s) Do not read and use catalog (aka database) information
Omit single catalog Hide catalog (database) if there is only one catalog on server
Omit schema(s) Do not read and use schemas information
Omit single schema Hide schema if there is only one schema on the server
Use schema filters Use JDBC schema filters when the database does not support catalogs. Otherwise just read all database schemas and filter on client-side
Omit type cache Do not use data types provided by driver
Shutdown parameter Database shutdown URL parameter
Create database parameter Database create URL parameter
Driver supports multiple results Driver supports multiple results for a single query
Driver supports result set limit Driver supports multiple result set limit (max rows)
Driver supports structure cache Driver supports structure cache reading. Enables schema columns, keys, etc
Driver supports TRUNCATE operation Driver supports TRUNCATE command. It is much faster than DELETE without criteria

Queries - Custom driver queries

Parameter Description
Get active database Query to obtain active database name
Set active database Query to change active database
Shutdown database Query to shutdown active database connection. Used for some embedded databases
PING query Query to check connection state
Dual table name Name of dummy ‘DUAL’ table which is used for expressions evaluation
Active object type Type of selectable object (schema, catalog)
Driver supports results scrolling Driver supports resultset scrolling
Quote reserved words Quote columns/table names if they conflicts with reserved SQL keywords
Escape LIKE masks in search queries Use to access JDBC metadata API. Enabled by default but should be disabled for some (broken) drivers

DDL - generation options

Parameter Description
Drop column short syntax Use ‘ALTER TABLE DROP column-name’ instead of standard syntax
Drop column - use brackets Use ‘ALTER TABLE DROP (column-name)’ instead of standard syntax
Use legacy SQL dialect for DDL Use legacy SQL dialect for DDL
Add COLUMN keyword in alter table query Add COLUMN keyword after keyword ADD and before column name in alter table query

Formatting - SQL values formats

Parameter Description
Timestamp format Format pattern for timestamp columns
Date format Format pattern for date columns
Time format Format pattern for time columns
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