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 file. In our 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.

Application Properties URL

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 myDB.

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.

Application Properties Driver Class

Next, we'll similarly search for the username and password properties and set their values to sa and password respectively.

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.

Application Properties ddl-auto

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.

End Result

Your file should look like this: