Help connecting to db2 from SQLEXPLORER

Posted on 2009-07-11
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2012-05-07
I'm trying to find an interactive admin/development environment for db2 on Windows.  I downloaded SQL Explorer, but cannot seen to connect to db2 on my home server.  My db2 instace is named as the default 'DB2COPY1' (but just shows up as DB2 in Control Center).  I have tried setting up a new SQL Explorer connection to my DB@ server as:

SQL Explorer Default driver:     'JDBC ODBC Bridge'
URL:     jdbc:odbc://localhost/db2copy1 (also tried just db2)
user:     mitch (A W2k3 domain user that I use to log into the server and I seem to gain full access to db2 without further authentication)

Keep getting error:

"Could not connect to your database alias; the excat message was:

Cannot connect to MyLocalConnectionProfile/mitch.  Check your URL [Microsoft][ODBC Driver Manager] Data source name not found and no default driver specified

Do you want to try again?"

I'd really like to try this app out.  Bouncing back and forth from tab to tab in IBM's tools is slowing me way down.  I'm used to typing ad hoc queries and getting imidiate feedback in the same window.  Also would be nice to be able to explore schema/table structures and names without switcing windows too.
Question by:SQLMitch
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by:Kent Olsen
Kent Olsen earned 60 total points
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Hi Mitch,

I've never used SQLEXPLORER, but it certainly looks like a fine tool.

The driver/URL looks suspicious.  Try this one:


Good Luck,

Accepted Solution

Brian Chan earned 90 total points
ID: 24845923
It is certainly you have problem with driver. I have used two different SQL clients and so far I always have to use the IBM's java jdbc driver. Do you have access to IBM's download website? For drivers and client, I think you just need to registered an IBM ID and you will be able to download it.

The connection string should be then:

jdbc:db2://[hostname]:[port#]/[database name]


Author Closing Comment

ID: 31602469
Indeed I did have to download the jdbc driver for DB2 from IBM's website.  Then had to configure SQLEXPLORER to use this driver (the only driver that comes preconfigured with the download is the ODBC-JDBC bridge, which aparently requires an ODBC DSN set up on local machine in order to connect).  Once the db2 jdbc driver was instaleed and configured on SQLEXPLORER, the connection strings you recomended worked perfectly, thanks.

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