Configuring your Database
Configure the application to connect to our database.
At this point, we can use the default in-memory database that Spring Boot creates for us. However, the default database functionality is limited and doesn't allow data to stay around after the application terminates so let's go ahead and configure a database.
We'll bring up the search menu ⇧⇧ (macOS) / Shift+Shift (Windows/Linux) and search for our
application.properties file. In our
application.properties file, we can utilize IntelliJ IDEA's suggestions to specify the properties we need to connect to our H2 database. We'll start typing
url and choose the
spring.datasource.url property from the list of suggestions.
If you're not using H2 as your database, you can specify your own database URL here. In our case, we will specify
jdbc:h2:file:./data/myDB as our URL which will create an H2 database called
Then, we need to specify our driver class name. We can similarly search for
driver and choose
spring.datasource.driver-class-name from our suggestions list. Once we select that, IntelliJ IDEA will suggest the H2 driver value based on the URL we specified earlier so we can select that.
Next, we'll similarly search for the
password properties and set their values to
Finally, we don't want to create any tables manually so we will add the
spring.jpa.hibernate.ddl-auto property and use code completion to see a list of possible values.
For my application, I will set the property value to
update which will create my tables in the database if they don't exist and update them if I make changes to my entities.
application.properties file should look like this: