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To enable Java developers to leverage the scalability, connectivity, and reliability of the InterSystems IRIS® data platform, InterSystems IRIS supports several types of connections to and from Java applications.

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InterSystems Java Connectivity Options

Java IDEs

Using Java with InterSystems Software

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Connect a Java application to InterSystems IRIS


The JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) API enables you to perform operations on InterSystems IRIS® data using SQL.

InterSystems IRIS includes a high-performance Type 4 JDBC database driver that complies with the JDBC 4.2 specification. The driver accepts the following connection URL (or connection string):


where the variables represent the InterSystems IRIS instance host’s IP address, the instance’s superserver port, and a namespace on the instance

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JDBC and InterSystems Databases

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Using the JDBC Driver

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XEP API for high-speed object access

The XEP (Express Event Persistence) API provided by InterSystems enables Java applications to store and retrieve objects that adhere to simple or moderately complex schemas from InterSystems IRIS®. More specifically, XEP projects Java objects as persistent events, which are persistent database objects that store the state of Java objects.

XEP is optimized for applications that must handle high throughput, such as transaction processing applications.If you use XEP for object persistence, you can avoid the overheard of object-relational mapping.

First Look: XEP Object Persistence with InterSystems IRIS

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Persisting Java Objects with InterSystems XEP

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Native SDK for direct access to data

The Native SDK for Java provides direct access to globals, the tree-based sparse arrays that form the basis of the InterSystems multidimensional storage model and underlie the InterSystems IRIS® object and SQL interfaces. The Native SDK exposes these native data structures, which provide very fast, flexible storage and retrieval. The Native SDK also enables your Java application to work with InterSystems IRIS objects as easily as if they were native Java objects, and includes the ability to call InterSystems IRIS class methods and routines.

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Using the InterSystems Native SDK for Java

Native SDKs

Hibernate API for complex object data models

The Hibernate API is a third-party tool that maps complex Java data classes to InterSystems IRIS®. InterSystems IRIS includes a Hibernate dialect.

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Hibernate Support

Connect InterSystems IRIS to an external application

Using InterSystems External Servers

For instantiating external Java objects and manipulating them like native objects in InterSystems IRIS

Using the InterSystems SQL Gateway

For connecting to external databases via JDBC

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