CRUD with Java, Hibernate and MySQL — Part 1

Amrut Patil
3 min readOct 17, 2017


This 3-part tutorial explains what Hibernate is, how to set it up to connect with MySQL database and performing common database operations like Create, Read, Update and Delete (CRUD).

Tech Stack:

Java (JDK 1.8)

Hibernate 5.2.11 (Note: Hibernate 5.2 or higher requires JDK 1.8)

MySQL Connector (Java) 5.1.44

Eclipse Spring Tool Suite (3.8.2)

What is Hibernate?

Hibernate is a framework for saving/persisting Java objects to the database. More information about what Hibernate can achieve can be found here.

Why Hibernate?

Hibernate minimizes the amount of JDBC code one needs to develop for connecting to the database as connections are now handled using a hibernate configuration file.

Hibernate handles all the low-level SQL code.

Most importantly, Hibernate provides Object-to-Relational Mapping (ORM), that is, mapping between Java class and database table.

How are Hibernate and JDBC related?

Hibernate uses JDBC for all communications to the database. In other words, Hibernate is an additional layer that uses JDBC for connecting to the database.

This tutorial is divided into three parts. Part 1 explains how to set up Hibernate for your project. Part 2 explains configuring Hibernate to connect to the database and Object-Relational Mapping (ORM). Part 3 explains using Hibernate to perform CRUD database operations.

Lets get started.

Setting up Hibernate in Java Project

For building Hibernate applications in Java, we need the following:

Java Development IDE (can be downloaded here)

Database server (can be downloaded here. For this tutorial, MySQL Community Server should be good.)

Hibernate JAR files (The JAR files can be downloaded here and added to your project build path. We only need jars from the required folder in the downloaded zip file for this tutorial.)

JDBC Driver (The MySQL Connector can be downloaded here and added to your project build path.)

This is how the final project set up looks like:

Hibernate set up in your project

The installation instructions for MySQL can be found here. The MySQL community server runs on localhost:3306 by default. For the purpose of this tutorial, we create a new user: hb_student

Now, we create a database table named “student” by running the following SQL query:

CREATE DATABASE IF NOT EXISTS `hb_student_tracker` ;
USE hb_student_tracker;


CREATE TABLE `student` (
`first_name` varchar(45) DEFAULT NULL,
`last_name` varchar(45) DEFAULT NULL,
`email` varchar(45) DEFAULT NULL,

This is how our “student” table schema looks like:

“student” table schema

Lets set up our hibernate configuration and Object-Relational mapping in Part 2 of this tutorial.

Credits: The example in this article was inspired from a Spring & Hibernate For Beginners course by Chad Darby on Udemy.

Disclaimer: The aim of this article is to explain a complex topic in a short time for the reader and is in no way, shape or form intended towards discrediting the instructor’s work.

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Amrut Patil

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