JDBC Statement – Update Record Example


A JDBC statement object is used to send SQL command(s) to your relational database management system (RDBMS). It is associated with an open connection to the database and may not be created without one. In this example, we will update a record in the employee table using executeUpdate() method.

Common Methods used with Statements

Method NameDescription
addBatch(String sql)Adds the given SQL to the current list of SQL commmands for this Statement object
execute(String sql)Executes the given SQL statement, which may return multiple results
executeBatch()Submits a batch of commands to the database for execution and if all commands execute successfully, returns an array of update counts
executeQuery(String sql)Executes the given SQL statement, which returns a single ResultSet object
executeUpdate(String sql)Executes the given SQL statement, which may be an INSERT, UPDATE, or DELETE statement or an SQL statement that returns nothing, such as an SQL DDL statement

Creating a Statement Object

statement = connection.createStatement();

Full Program Listing

package com.avaldes.tutorials;

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

public class JDBCStatementUpdateRecordExample {

  public static void main(String[] args) throws SQLException {
    String database_url   = "jdbc:sqlserver://localhost:1433;databaseName=tutorial";
    String username     = "webuser";
    String password     = "webuser123";
    Connection connection   = null;
    Statement statement   = null;
    ResultSet result      = null;
    String sql        = null;
    try {
    } catch (ClassNotFoundException e) {
      System.out.println("ERROR: Unable to load SQLServer JDBC Driver");
    try {
      connection = DriverManager.getConnection(database_url, username, password);
    } catch (SQLException e) {
      System.out.println("ERROR:  Unable to establish a connection with the database!");
    System.out.println("Trying to update a record using statement...");
    try {
      if (connection != null) {
        statement = connection.createStatement();
        sql = "UPDATE dbo.employee "
            + "SET pay_rate = 112500 WHERE employee_id = 10";
        System.out.println("Updated record in employee table...");
      } else {
        System.out.println("ERROR: Unable to make a database connection!");
    } catch (SQLException e) {
    } finally {
      System.out.println("Closing connection...");
        if (connection != null) connection.close();

Employee Table — Before View

Table 1: Employee Table Before

Employee Table — After View

Table 2: Employee Table After


Trying to update a record using statement...
UPDATE dbo.employee SET pay_rate = 112500 WHERE employee_id = 10
Updated record in employee table...
Closing connection...

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