Chapter 5. Configuring JDBC data sources for KIE Server

A data source is an object that enables a Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) client, such as an application server, to establish a connection with a database. Applications look up the data source on the Java Naming and Directory Interface (JNDI) tree or in the local application context and request a database connection to retrieve data. You must configure data sources for KIE Server to ensure proper data exchange between the servers and the designated database.


For production environments, specify an actual data source. Do not use the example data source in production environments.


  • The JDBC providers that you want to use to create database connections are configured on all servers on which you want to deploy KIE Server, as described in the "Creating Datasources" and "JDBC Drivers" sections of the Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Server Configuration Guide.
  • The Red Hat Process Automation Manager 7.7.0 Add Ons ( file is downloaded from the Software Downloads page in the Red Hat Customer Portal.


  1. Complete the following steps to prepare your database:

    1. Extract in a temporary directory, for example TEMP_DIR.
    2. Extract TEMP_DIR/
    3. Change your current directory to the TEMP_DIR/rhpam-7.7.0-migration-tool/ddl-scripts directory. This directory contains DDL scripts for several database types.
    4. Import the DDL script for your database type into the database that you want to use, for example:

      psql jbpm < /ddl-scripts/postgresql/postgresql-jbpm-schema.sql
  2. Open EAP_HOME/standalone/configuration/standalone-full.xml in a text editor and locate the <system-properties> tag.
  3. Add the following properties to the <system-properties> tag where <DATASOURCE> is the JNDI name of your data source and <HIBERNATE_DIALECT> is the hibernate dialect for your database.


    The default value of the org.kie.server.persistence.ds property is java:jboss/datasources/ExampleDS. The default value of the org.kie.server.persistence.dialect property is org.hibernate.dialect.H2Dialect.

    <property name="org.kie.server.persistence.ds" value="<DATASOURCE>"/>
    <property name="org.kie.server.persistence.dialect" value="<HIBERNATE_DIALECT>"/>

    The following example shows how to configure a datasource for the PostgreSQL hibernate dialect:

        <property name="org.kie.server.repo" value="${}"/>
        <property name="org.kie.example" value="true"/>
        <property name="org.jbpm.designer.perspective" value="full"/>
        <property name="designerdataobjects" value="false"/>
        <property name="org.kie.server.user" value="rhpamUser"/>
        <property name="org.kie.server.pwd" value="rhpam123!"/>
        <property name="org.kie.server.location" value="http://localhost:8080/kie-server/services/rest/server"/>
        <property name="org.kie.server.controller" value="http://localhost:8080/business-central/rest/controller"/>
        <property name="org.kie.server.controller.user" value="kieserver"/>
        <property name="org.kie.server.controller.pwd" value="kieserver1!"/>
        <property name="" value="local-server-123"/>
        <!-- Data source properties. -->
        <property name="org.kie.server.persistence.ds" value="java:jboss/datasources/KieServerDS"/>
        <property name="org.kie.server.persistence.dialect" value="org.hibernate.dialect.PostgreSQLDialect"/>

The following dialects are supported:

  • DB2: org.hibernate.dialect.DB2Dialect
  • MSSQL: org.hibernate.dialect.SQLServer2012Dialect
  • MySQL: org.hibernate.dialect.MySQL5InnoDBDialect
  • MariaDB: org.hibernate.dialect.MySQL5InnoDBDialect
  • Oracle: org.hibernate.dialect.Oracle10gDialect
  • PostgreSQL: org.hibernate.dialect.PostgreSQL82Dialect
  • PostgreSQL plus: org.hibernate.dialect.PostgresPlusDialect
  • Sybase: org.hibernate.dialect.SybaseASE157Dialect