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The database connector is a web application and can be deployed under any Servlet container. The connector relies on the JDBC API. You can use any relational database as long as you have a JDBC driver for that database.

  1. A Servlet Container compatible with the Servlet 2.5 specification. For instance, Tomcat (6 or higher) or Jetty (6 or higher). If you have installed the tomcat Live Forms In-house bundle you already have what you need.
  2. A JDBC driver for your database.

The database connector download comes with several pre-installed drivers. See Install a JDBC driver below.

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Installation Steps

Throughout this documentation we are using the Live Forms tomcat bundle as the installation location for the database connector. This is just an example as the connector will work under any compatible servlet container. This documentation assumes that the Live Forms tomcat bundle is installed in c:\frevvo. We'll refer to this directory below as <frevvo-home>.

If you have already downloaded the latest v5.3 tomcat bundle for Live Forms In-house then you already have the database connector. It is located in the unpacked Live Forms tomcat bundle in <frevvo-home>\frevvo\ext\connectors and is named database.zip. 

Follow these steps to install the connector:

1) Unpack the database.zip file to a temporary location of your choice: e.g. c:\tmp. This will create a folder c:\tmp\database. We'll refer to this directory below as <db-tmp>

2) Copy <db-tmp>\database.war to <frevvo-home>\tomcat\webapps

  • If Live Forms is running this will automatically expand database.war into a <frevvo-home>\webapps\database sub folder

3)  If Live Forms is not running, start Live Forms: Double click <frevvo-home>\start-frevvo

  • This will start Live Forms and it will automatically expand database.war into a <frevvo-home>\webapps\database sub folder

4)  Test the connector installation by copying this Url directly into your browser:

If the Connector Test failed then:

  1. Review the previous installation steps
  2. See starting and testing the connector installation for more detailed instructions and common problems.
  3. If you cannot get the database connector working please see Getting Help to contact Live Forms support.

Follow these steps to configure the connector:

If the connector test above was successful you are now ready to configure the database connector to work with your own database.

1)   Copy the JDBC driver appropriate for your database into <frevvo-home>\tomcat\webapps\database\WEB-INF\lib

  • The database connector contains pre-installed drivers for the most popular databases. So you may be able to skip this step. See Install a JDBC driver below

2)    If you did have to copy a JDBC driver into lib you must then Restart frevvo, Double click <frevvo-home>\stop-frevvo. Wait until Live Formsfrevvo stops. Then Double click <frevvo-home>\start-frevvo

3)    Configure your database connector Data Source by editing <frevvo-home>\tomcat\webapps\database\WEB-INF\etc\configuration.xml

4)    Define SQL Statements to read/write to your databasse by editing <frevvo-home>\tomcat\webapps\database\WEB-INF\etc\configuration.xml.

18px-Symbol OK.svg.png We recommend that you do not leave your database configuration.xml file in its default locations. See configuration file location below.

Install a JDBC driver

The connector relies on the JDBC API. You can use any relational database as long as you have a JDBC driver for that database. The database connector download database.zip comes with several pre-installed drivers.

You MUST use a JDBC4 type driver.

The Live Forms download package comes with several pre-installed drivers. Look in <frevvo-home>/tomcat/lib and you will see (among other jar files) the following pre-installed driver jar files:

  • hsqldb-2.2.4.jar - HSQLDB driver
  • jtds-1.2.5.jar - SQL Server driver
  • postgresql-9.0-801.jdbc4.jar - Postgress driver

If you don't find what you need pre-installed you will need to locate a driver compatible to your database. Usually you can download your driver from the internet. Try one of these locations

Once you have the driver you need, copy it to <frevvo-home>/tomcat/lib. 

It is also appropriate to copy the driver into any location that is in the CLASSPATH of your servlet container. In a tomcat installation another location would be <CATALINA_HOME>/lib.

Previous Pre-Installed Driver Versions

Previous versions of Live Forms include these drivers:

  • hsqldb-1.8.0.7.jar - HSQLDB jdbc driver
  • com.microsoft.sqlserver.jdbc-1.1.3.jar - SQL Server driver
  • jtds-1.2.5.jar - SQL Server driver
  • org.objectweb.rmijdbc-1.0.0.jar - Access driver (also can be used for SQL Server)

If you don't find what you need pre-installed you will need to locate a driver compatible to your database. Usually you can download your driver from the internet. Try one of these locations

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