Java – Connection Pooling with BoneCP

Here are a few resources to get you using with BoneCP.  You can get this free library at


For those who didn’t venture over to is some basic info copied and pasted from BoneCP’s site.


About BoneCP
BoneCP is a fast, free, open-source, Java database connection pool (JDBC Pool) library. If you are familiar with C3P0 and DBCP then you already know what this means. For the rest, this is a library that will manage a database connection for you to get faster database access in your application.


Why write another alternative to C3P0/DBCP?
Take a look at the benchmark section by clicking here. BoneCP is fast! For some tests, it’s almost 25 times faster than the next fastest connection pool option, not to mention that BoneCP never spin-locks so it won’t slow down your application. Don’t take our word for it though, checkout the features or download the code and run the provided benchmark test yourself.


BoneCP API documentation can be found at API doc

Also, you can uncover some good information over at StackOverflow. Here one question on best practices.
Java connection pooling best practices

Additional, here is a sample script found at BoneCP site demonstrating how to use the library.

import java.sql.Connection;
import java.sql.ResultSet;
import java.sql.SQLException;
import java.sql.Statement;
import com.jolbox.bonecp.BoneCP;
import com.jolbox.bonecp.BoneCPConfig;
/** A test project demonstrating the use of BoneCP in a JDBC environment.
 * @author wwadge
public class ExampleJDBC {
	/** Start test
	 * @param args none expected.
	public static void main(String[] args) {
		BoneCP connectionPool = null;
		Connection connection = null;
		try {
			// load the database driver (make sure this is in your classpath!)
		} catch (Exception e) {
		try {
			// setup the connection pool
			BoneCPConfig config = new BoneCPConfig();
			config.setJdbcUrl("jdbc:hsqldb:mem:test"); // jdbc url specific to your database, eg jdbc:mysql://
			connectionPool = new BoneCP(config); // setup the connection pool
			connection = connectionPool.getConnection(); // fetch a connection
			if (connection != null){
				System.out.println("Connection successful!");
				Statement stmt = connection.createStatement();
				ResultSet rs = stmt.executeQuery("SELECT 1 FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.SYSTEM_USERS"); // do something with the connection.
					System.out.println(rs.getString(1)); // should print out "1"'
			connectionPool.shutdown(); // shutdown connection pool.
		} catch (SQLException e) {
		} finally {
			if (connection != null) {
				try {
				} catch (SQLException e) {

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