SQLEditor and Java

This page gives information about SQLEditor and Java

How does SQLEditor use Java?

SQLEditor uses java to connect to database servers.

If you want to use Import from Database or Export to Database you may need to install Java
and you also need a suitable JDBC driver

SQLEditor 2.0 -> 2.1

In SQLEditor 2.0 and 2.1 database connections require that both Java and the relevant JDBC driver for the database are installed.

SQLEditor 2.2 and later

SQLEditor 2.2 and later bundle a complete java runtime, so only the JDBC driver is usually required

Why am I being asked to install Java?

Usually this is because SQLEditor can't find a Java installation that it can use.

SQLEditor 2.0 -> 2.1

For SQLEditor 2.0, the standard OS X system installed version of Java 6 is required.

SQLEditor 2.2 and later

For SQLEditor 2.1 and later you may alternatively use Oracle JDK (version 7 or later)

For SQLEditor 2.2, the bundled Java runtime only works on Mac OS X 10.7.3 and later. If you are using an earlier OS X version, SQLEditor will need to install the Apple Java Runtime.


SQLEditor requires the Java Development Kit (JDK), you cannot use the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) because this actually installs as an internet plugin, rather than as a usable java runtime for applications.

What if I decline to install Java?

SQLEditor 2.0 and 2.1

In SQLEditor versions 2.0 and 2.1 you will not be able to use these features:

  • Import from Database
  • Export to Database
  • SQLite File data file import
  • SQLite File data file export

However you can still import and export SQL text files (even if they came from SQLite)

SQLEditor 2.2

SQLEditor 2.2 includes a complete java runtime and is fully functional, even if Java is not installed on your Mac. (Unless you're using OS X 10.7.2 or earlier)

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