How do I commit or rollback transaction in JDBC?

Executing a database manipulation command such as insert, update or delete can sometime throws exception due to invalid data. To protect the integrity of our application data we must make sure when we a transaction was failed we must rollback all the executed command so that it affect the state of our data.

In this example we are using MySQL database. To enable transaction capability in MySQL make sure that you are using InnoDB storage engine to create the your tables.

package org.kodejava.example.sql;

import java.sql.*;

public class TransactionRollbackExample {
    private static final String url = "jdbc:mysql://localhost/sampledb";
    private static final String username = "root";
    private static final String password = "";

    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        Connection conn = null;
        try {
            conn = DriverManager.getConnection(url, username, password);

            String query = "INSERT INTO orders (username, order_date) " +
                           "VALUES (?, ?)";
            PreparedStatement stmt = conn.prepareStatement(query,
            stmt.setString(1, "javaduke");
            stmt.setDate(2, new Date(System.currentTimeMillis()));

            ResultSet keys = stmt.getGeneratedKeys();
            int id = 1;
            if ( {
                id = keys.getInt(1);

            // This is an invalid statement that will cause exception to 
            // demonstrate a rollback.
            query = "INSERT INTO order_details (order_id, product_id, " +
                    "quantity, price) VALUES (?, ?, ?, ?, ?)";
            PreparedStatement detailStmt = conn.prepareStatement(query);
            detailStmt.setInt(1, id);
            detailStmt.setString(2, "P0000001");
            detailStmt.setInt(3, 10);
            detailStmt.setDouble(4, 100);

            // Commit transaction to mark it as a success database operation
            System.out.println("Transaction commit...");
        } catch (SQLException e) {
            // Rollback any database transaction due to exception occurred
            if (conn != null) {
                System.out.println("Transaction rollback...");
        } finally {
            if (conn != null && !conn.isClosed()) {

Wayan Saryada

Programmer, runner, recreational diver, currently living in the island of Bali, Indonesia. Mostly programming in Java, creating web based application with Spring Framework, Hibernate / JPA.

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