No suitable drivers found for jdbc mysql?


I am trying to write a program to connect to a MySQL database in eclipse, but I get the error "java.sql.SQLException: No suitable driver found".

The java code is:

import java.sql.*;

public class FirstExample {

//static final String S_JDBC_DRIVER = "com.mysql.jdbc.Driver";
static final String S_DB_URL = "jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/emp";
static final String S_USER = "root";
static final String S_PASS = "root";

public static void main(String[] args) {

    try {

        System.out.println("Connecting to database...");
        Connection connection = DriverManager.getConnection(S_DB_URL,
                S_USER, S_PASS);

        System.out.println("Creating statement...");
        Statement statement = connection.createStatement();
        String sql = "SELECT * FROM Employee";
        ResultSet resultSet = statement.executeQuery(sql);

        while ( {

            int iId = resultSet.getInt("id");
            int iAge = resultSet.getInt("age");
            String sFirst = resultSet.getString("fname");
            String sLast = resultSet.getString("lname");

            System.out.print("ID: " + iId);
            System.out.print("\tAge: " + iAge);
            System.out.print("\tFirst: " + sFirst);
            System.out.println("\tLast: " + sLast);

    } catch (SQLException se) {

        for (Throwable t : se) {


The output in the console tab is:

Connecting to database...
java.sql.SQLException: No suitable driver found for jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/emp
at java.sql.DriverManager.getConnection(Unknown Source)
at java.sql.DriverManager.getConnection(Unknown Source)
at FirstExample.main(

I have used the MySQL Connector/J. It is unzipped in the MySQL installation directory and the jar file is added to the CLASSPATH.

Also refer to this image. There is an ! mark at the project root.image01

I get the error as in the next image: image02 when I include the 2 commented statements:

static final String S_JDBC_DRIVER = "com.mysql.jdbc.Driver";

For all but the most trivial applications the CLASSPATH environment variable is NOT used. Normally the libraries are include in the Class-Path entry in the manifest of the jar, or in the -cp option of the java commandline.

In this case you need to add the MySQL JDBC driver to the buildpath of your Eclipse project.