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If you are a Java developer who works with relational databases, you might have heard of JPA and Hibernate. But what are they and how can they help you simplify your data access layer? In this article, we will answer these questions and show you how to download and use in your Java projects.



JPA stands for Java Persistence API, which is a specification that defines an API for object-relational mapping (ORM) and managing persistent objects in Java applications. ORM is a technique that maps Java objects to database tables and vice versa, so that you can perform CRUD (create, read, update, delete) operations on your data using object-oriented code instead of SQL queries.

Hibernate is one of the most popular implementations of JPA, which provides additional features and benefits over the standard JPA specification. Hibernate also supports various types of databases, such as MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, etc. is a jar file that contains the JPA 2.1 API classes and interfaces that Hibernate implements. You need this jar file if you want to use Hibernate as your JPA provider in your Java projects.


Before we start downloading and using, we need to make sure we have the following prerequisites:

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  • Java 8 or higher installed on your machine

  • Maven installed on your machine

  • An IDE of your choice, such as Eclipse or IntelliJ IDEA

  • A relational database of your choice, such as MySQL or PostgreSQL

  • A basic knowledge of Java, SQL, JPA, Hibernate, Spring Boot, and Spring MVC


There are several ways to download for your Java projects. In this article, we will show you three methods: using Maven, using Java2s, and using JBoss.

Using Maven

The The easiest and most recommended way to download is to use Maven, which is a tool that manages dependencies and builds for Java projects. Maven can automatically download and install the jar file and its dependencies from the Maven Central Repository, which is a public repository that hosts thousands of Java libraries and artifacts. To use Maven, you need to create a pom.xml file in the root directory of your Java project, which is an XML file that contains information about your project and its dependencies. In the pom.xml file, you need to add the following dependency element inside the element: <dependency> <groupId>org.hibernate.javax.persistence</groupId> <artifactId>hibernate-jpa-2.1-api</artifactId> <version>1.0.0.Final</version> </dependency>

This tells Maven to download and install and its transitive dependencies (such as javax.persistence-api-2.2.jar) from the Maven Central Repository. You can also specify the scope of the dependency, such as compile, test, runtime, etc., depending on when you need the jar file in your project. After adding the dependency, you need to run the following command in your terminal or command prompt to update your project: mvn clean install

This will download and install the jar file and its dependencies in your local Maven repository, which is a folder in your machine that stores all the libraries and artifacts that Maven uses. You can also check the Maven output to see if the jar file was downloaded successfully. Using Java2s

Another way to download is to use Java2s, which is a website that provides free Java tutorials, examples, source code, and jar files. Java2s has a page that allows you to download directly from their server. To use Java2s, you need to follow these steps:

  • Go to [1]( in your browser.

  • Click on the "Download" link.

  • Save the jar file in a folder of your choice, such as C:\Users\YourName\Downloads.

  • Add the jar file to your Java project's classpath, which is a list of folders and files that Java uses to find classes and resources at runtime. You can do this by using your IDE's settings or by editing your project's configuration file (such as MANIFEST.MF or build.gradle).

Using JBoss

A third way to download is to use JBoss, which is an open-source application server that supports Java EE applications. JBoss also provides documentation and downloads for Hibernate and its related projects. To use JBoss, you need to follow these steps:

  • Go to [2]( in your browser.

  • Click on the "Download" link at the top right corner of the page.

  • Select "" from the list of available files.

  • Save the zip file in a folder of your choice, such as C:\Users\YourName\Downloads.

  • Extract the zip file using a tool such as WinZip or 7-Zip.

  • Copy the hibernate-jpa-2.1-api-1.0.0.Final.jar file from the extracted folder to another folder of your choice, such as C:\Users\YourName\Documents\JavaLibs.

  • Add the jar file to your Java project's classpath, as explained in the previous section.

Using in Java projects

Now that we have downloaded and installed in our Java projects, we can start using it to create and manage persistent objects with JPA and Hibernate. In this section, we will show you how to configure the persistence.xml file, create entity classes, create repository interfaces, create service classes, create controller classes, and test the application.

Configuring the persistence.xml file

The persistence.xml file is a file that contains the configuration and metadata for JPA and Hibernate. It defines the persistence unit, which is a logical grouping of persistent classes and properties that are managed by an entity manager factory. The entity manager factory is an object that creates and manages entity managers, which are objects that perform CRUD operations on persistent objects. To configure the persistence.xml file, you need to create a folder named META-INF in the src/main/resources directory of your Java project, and then create a file named persistence.xml inside that folder. The persistence.xml file should have the following content: <persistence xmlns=" xmlns:xsi=" xsi:schemaLocation=" version="2.1"> <persistence-unit name="my-pu" transaction-type="RESOURCE_LOCAL"> <provider>org.hibernate.jpa.HibernatePersistenceProvider</provider> <properties> <property name="javax.persistence.jdbc.driver" value="com.mysql.cj.jdbc.Driver"/> <property name="javax.persistence.jdbc.url" value="jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/mydb?useSSL=false"/> <property name="javax.persistence.jdbc.user" value="root"/> <property name="javax.persistence.jdbc.password" value="password"/> <property name="hibernate.dialect" value="org.hibernate.dialect.MySQL8Dialect"/> <property name="" value="update"/> <property name="hibernate.show_sql" value="true"/> </properties> </persistence-unit> </persistence>

In this file, we have defined a persistence unit named "my-pu" with a transaction type of RESOURCE_LOCAL, which means that we will manage the transactions ourselves using the entity manager. We have also specified the provider class as org.hibernate.jpa.HibernatePersistenceProvider, which tells JPA to use Hibernate as the implementation. We have also set some properties for the database connection, such as the driver, url, user, password, dialect, etc. We have also set the property to "update", which means that Hibernate will automatically update the database schema according to the entity classes. We have also set the hibernate.show_sql pr


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