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Programmatically creating DTP Driver and Profile definitions

This took me too long to figure out, and all of my google searches turned up mostly empty.  Thanks to Brian Fitzpatrick‘s posts on DTP, I was able to put enough pieces together to accomplish what I needed to do.  Since there was nothing else that I found directly, I thought I’d share my efforts here so that others may benefit from my exploration and not have to go over the same ground I’ve been through already.

The Goal: Create a DTP driver definition and connection profile completely within code… No GUI’s allowed!

The Rationale: Our code needed to automatically create certain DTP driver definitions and connection profiles for the user so that we could guarantee that they existed, and so that the user wouldn’t have to walk through the (somewhat) annoying DTP wizards to get this done.  

Actually the only major annoyance of the DTP wizards is that we would have had to ask the user to find the appropriate jar files manually.  We ship all of the jar files required, but they’re not exactly in obvious places.  And… they move 😮  Every time our software is updated, the list of plugins that we supply to Eclipse changes, so we need to programmatically manage this for the user so that they just don’t need to care.

Step one: Ensure that you have DTP installed in your environment and add the datatools plugins as dependencies to your project.  In our plugin.xml editor, that meant adding the following dependencies:

  • org.eclipse.datatools.connectivity
  • org.eclipse.datatools.connectivity.apache.derby
  • org.eclipse.datatools.connectivity.apache.derby.dbdefinition
  • org.eclipse.datatools.connectivity.apache.derby.ui
  • org.eclipse.datatools.connectivity.db.generic
  • org.eclipse.datatools.connectivity.db.generic.ui
  • org.eclipse.datatools.connectivity.dbdefinition.genericJDBC

Step two: Import the following into your class:

import org.eclipse.datatools.connectivity.IConnectionProfile;
import org.eclipse.datatools.connectivity.ProfileManager;
import org.eclipse.datatools.connectivity.drivers.DriverInstance;
import org.eclipse.datatools.connectivity.drivers.DriverManager;
import org.eclipse.datatools.connectivity.drivers.IDriverMgmtConstants;
import org.eclipse.datatools.connectivity.drivers.IPropertySet;
import org.eclipse.datatools.connectivity.drivers.PropertySetImpl;
import org.eclipse.datatools.connectivity.drivers.jdbc.IJDBCConnectionProfileConstants;

Step three: Use the GUI!

I know, I know, I said “No GUI’s allowed”.  But that’s just for the end-result.  We’re allowed to use a GUI during development to see what happens under the covers 🙂

So, go and create a Driver definition and a connection profile that work.  Follow the DTP Getting Started as a good reference if you haven’t already been through this.

Step four: Look under the covers

Now you have at least one driver definition, and one connection profile.  Add some code to walk them and output their settings so that you’ll know how to recreate them as required:

To list the driver definitions DTP knows about do this:

DriverInstance[] list = DriverManager.getInstance().getAllDriverInstances();
for(int i = 0; i < list.length; i++){
   System.out.println("=============" );
   System.out.println("Driver ID: " + list[i].getId() );
   System.out.println("Driver Jar List: " + list[i].getJarList() );
   System.out.println("Driver Name: " + list[i].getName() );

To list the connection profiles DTP knows about do this:

IConnectionProfile[] plist = ProfileManager.getInstance().getProfiles();
for(int i = 0; i < plist.length; i++){
	System.out.println("=============" );
	System.out.println("Profile Name: " + plist[i].getName() );
	System.out.println("Profile Provider ID: " + plist[i].getProviderId() );
	System.out.println("Profile Provider Name: " + plist[i].getProviderName() );

With that, you can now start to plan your requirements to build the driver definitions and connection profiles with code.

Step five: Create the driver definition

To create the driver definition, set up the following Properties object:

Properties baseProperties = new Properties();
baseProperties.setProperty( IDriverMgmtConstants.PROP_DEFN_JARLIST, jarList );
baseProperties.setProperty(IJDBCConnectionProfileConstants.DRIVER_CLASS_PROP_ID, "org.apache.derby.jdbc.ClientDriver"); //$NON-NLS-1$
baseProperties.setProperty(IJDBCConnectionProfileConstants.URL_PROP_ID, driverURL);
baseProperties.setProperty(IJDBCConnectionProfileConstants.USERNAME_PROP_ID, username);
baseProperties.setProperty(IJDBCConnectionProfileConstants.PASSWORD_PROP_ID, password);
baseProperties.setProperty(IJDBCConnectionProfileConstants.DATABASE_VENDOR_PROP_ID, vendor);
baseProperties.setProperty(IJDBCConnectionProfileConstants.DATABASE_VERSION_PROP_ID, version);
baseProperties.setProperty(IJDBCConnectionProfileConstants.DATABASE_NAME_PROP_ID, databasename);
baseProperties.setProperty( IJDBCConnectionProfileConstants.SAVE_PASSWORD_PROP_ID, String.valueOf( true ) );
baseProperties.setProperty( IDriverMgmtConstants.PROP_DEFN_TYPE, "org.eclipse.datatools.connectivity.db.derby102.clientDriver");

Of course, you’ll have to determine what to use for jarList, driverURL, username, password, vendor, version, databasename as appropriate for your own situation and requirements. Also make sure that the PROP_DEFN_TYPE is correct. The above is proper for a 10.2 instance of the Derby client driver, but you’ll need to adjust for your own scenario.

Then create a property set and provide the above Properties object as the base properties

IPropertySet ips = new PropertySetImpl("Our Driver Name", "Our Driver ID");
ips.setBaseProperties( baseProperties );

Finally, hand the result to the DriverManager and tell it to add a new instance.

DriverInstance di = new DriverInstance( ips );

Step six: Create the connection Profile

When you create the Connection Profile, use the ProfileManager and ensure that your profile name does not already exist. In our case, the name was unique enough that we could look for it, delete it if found, and then replace it with the new version:

ProfileManager pm = ProfileManager.getInstance();
/* Now that we have the driver definition above, create a profile that references it. */
IConnectionProfile icp = pm.getProfileByName("Our Connection Profile Name");
if(icp != null){

Then we are ready to create the connection profile. Use the same baseProperties object as created above (it has all of the right settings in it) and add the driver definition reference. Then use the correct providerID to create the profile and you are done:

baseProperties.setProperty("org.eclipse.datatools.connectivity.driverDefinitionID", "Our Driver ID");
String providerID = "org.eclipse.datatools.connectivity.db.derby.embedded.connectionProfile";
pm.createProfile("Our Connection Profile", "Our Profile Description", providerID, baseProperties);

Wrap Up

Some of the settings may not be obvious and most of the doc that you’ll find on the net is geared towards the GUI side of DTP, but it is possible to automatically create driver definitions and connection profiles for your users within DTP.

Now that you know how, go find ways to make your user’s lives easier by automating things they shouldn’t have to do by hand 🙂


April 24, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Thanks for the kudos… I don’t know why I didn’t see this article before, but I’ve now put a link to it on the Eclipse DTP Wiki page. So thanks!!

    Comment by Brian Fitzpatrick | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  2. Hi,

    Thanks for the article.

    I have a problem: when i call IConnectionProfile[] plist = ProfileManager.getInstance().getProfiles();

    i got this exception: Exception in thread “main” java.lang.NullPointerException
    at org.eclipse.datatools.connectivity.internal.InternalProfileManager.loadProfiles(
    at org.eclipse.datatools.connectivity.internal.InternalProfileManager.getProfiles(
    at org.eclipse.datatools.connectivity.internal.InternalProfileManager.getProfileByName(
    at org.eclipse.datatools.connectivity.internal.InternalProfileManager.getProfileByFullPath(
    at org.eclipse.datatools.connectivity.ProfileManager.getProfileByFullPath(
    at fourth.wizards.aa.main(

    i use eclipse helios.


    Comment by TnTNeO | March 4, 2011 | Reply

  3. Exactly what I needed. Amazing how little there is out there about this. Thanks!

    Comment by Barry D | May 7, 2012 | Reply

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