This topic describes the data types and parameters supported by relational database management system (RDBMS) Reader and how to configure it by using the code editor.

RDBMS Reader allows you to read data from an RDBMS database. RDBMS Reader connects to a remote RDBMS database and runs a SELECT statement to select and read data from the database. Currently, RDBMS Reader can read data from databases such as Dameng (DM), Db2, PPAS, and Sybase databases. If you want RDBMS Reader to read data from a common relational database, register the driver for the corresponding database type.

Specifically, RDBMS Reader connects to a remote RDBMS database through Java Database Connectivity (JDBC), generates a SELECT statement based on your configurations, and then sends the statement to the database. The RDBMS database runs the statement and returns the result. Then, RDBMS Reader assembles the returned data to abstract datasets in custom data types supported by Data Integration, and sends the datasets to a writer.
  • RDBMS Reader generates the SQL statement based on the table, column, and where parameters that you have configured, and sends the generated SQL statement to the RDBMS database.
  • If you specify the querySql parameter, RDBMS Reader directly sends the value of this parameter to the RDBMS database.

RDBMS Reader supports most data types of a common relational database, such as numbers and characters. Make sure that your data types are supported.


Parameter Description Required Default value
jdbcUrl The JDBC URL for connecting to the RDBMS database. The format must be in accordance with official RDBMS specifications. You can also specify the information of the attachment facility. The format varies with the database type. Data Integration selects an appropriate driver for data reading based on the format.
  • Format for DM databases: jdbc:dm://ip:port/database
  • Format for Db2 databases: jdbc:db2://ip:port/database
  • Format for PPAS databases: jdbc:edb://ip:port/database
You can enable RDBMS Reader to support a new database as follows:
  • Go to the directory of RDBMS Reader, ${DATAX_HOME}/plugin/reader/rdbmswriter. In the preceding directory, ${DATAX_HOME} indicates the main directory of Data Integration.
  • Add the driver of your database to the drivers array in the plugin.json file in the RDBMS Reader directory. RDBMS Reader dynamically selects the appropriate database driver to connect to the database when nodes are run.
    "name": "rdbmsreader",
    "class": "",
    "description": "useScene: prod. mechanism: Jdbc connection using the database, execute select sql, retrieve data from the ResultSet. warn: The more you know about the database, the fewer problems you encounter.",
    "developer": "alibaba",
    "drivers": [
- Add the package of the driver to the libs directory in the RDBMS Reader directory.
|-- libs
|   |-- Dm7JdbcDriver16.jar
|   |-- commons-collections-3.0.jar
|   |-- commons-io-2.4.jar
|   |-- commons-lang3-3.3.2.jar
|   |-- commons-math3-3.1.1.jar
|   |-- datax-common-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar
|   |-- datax-service-face-1.0.23-20160120.024328-1.jar
|   |-- db2jcc4.jar
|   |-- druid-1.0.15.jar
|   |-- edb-jdbc16.jar
|   |-- fastjson-1.1.46.sec01.jar
|   |-- guava-r05.jar
|   |-- hamcrest-core-1.3.jar
|   |-- jconn3-1.0.0-SNAPSHOT.jar
|   |-- logback-classic-1.0.13.jar
|   |-- logback-core-1.0.13.jar
|   |-- plugin-rdbms-util-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar
|   `-- slf4j-api-1.7.10.jar
|-- plugin.json
|-- plugin_job_template.json
`-- rdbmsreader-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar
Yes None
username The username for connecting to the database. Yes None
password The password for connecting to the database. Yes None
table The name of the table to be synchronized. Yes None
column The columns to be synchronized from the source table. The columns are described in a JSON array. The default value is [ * ], which indicates all columns.
  • Column pruning is supported. You can select and export specific columns.
  • Change of the column order is supported. You can export the columns in an order different from that specified in the schema of the table.
  • Constants are supported. The column names must be arranged in JSON format, such as ["id","1", "'bazhen.csy'", "null", "to_char(a + 1)", "2.3" , "true"].
    • id: a column name.
    • 1: an integer constant.
    • 'bazhen.csy': a string constant.
    • null: a null pointer.
    • to_char(a + 1): a function expression.
    • 2.3: a floating-point constant.
    • true: a Boolean value.
  • The column parameter must explicitly specify a set of columns to be synchronized. The parameter cannot be left empty.
Yes None
splitPk The field used for data sharding when RDBMS Reader extracts data. If you specify the splitPk parameter, the table is sharded based on the shard key specified by this parameter. Data Integration then runs concurrent threads to synchronize data. This improves efficiency.
  • We recommend that you set the splitPk parameter to the primary key of the table. Based on the primary key, data can be well distributed to different shards, but not intensively distributed to certain shards.
  • Currently, the splitPk parameter supports data sharding only for integers but not for other data types such as string, floating point, and date. If you specify this parameter to a column of an unsupported type, RDBMS Reader returns an error.
  • If you do not specify the splitPk parameter or leave it empty, RDBMS Reader synchronizes data through a single thread.
No N/A
where The WHERE clause. RDBMS Reader generates a SELECT statement based on the table, column, and where parameters that you have configured, and uses the generated SELECT statement to select and read data. For example, set this parameter to limit 10or gmt_create>$bizdate.
  • You can use the WHERE clause to synchronize incremental data.
  • If you do not specify the where parameter or leave it empty, all data is synchronized.
No None
querySql The SELECT statement used for refined data filtering. If you specify this parameter, Data Integration directly filters data based on this parameter.

For example, if you want to join multiple tables for data synchronization, set this parameter to select a,b from table_a join table_b on = If you specify the querySql parameter, RDBMS Reader ignores the table, column, and where parameters that you have configured.

No None
fetchSize The number of data records to read at a time. This parameter determines the number of interactions between Data Integration and the database and affects reading efficiency.
Note A value greater than 2048 may lead to out of memory (OOM) during the data synchronization process.
No 1024

Configure RDBMS Reader by using the codeless UI

Currently, the codeless user interface (UI) is not supported for RDBMS Reader.

Configure RDBMS Reader by using the code editor

In the following code, a node is configured to read data from an RDBMS database.
    "order": {
        "hops": [
                "from": "Reader",
                "to": "Writer"
    "setting": {
        "errorLimit": {
            "record": "0"
        "speed": {
            "concurrent": 1,
            "throttle": false
    "steps": [
            "category": "reader",
            "name": "Reader",
            "parameter": {
                "connection": [
                        "jdbcUrl": [
                        "table": [
                "username": "username",
                "password": "password",
                "table": "table",
                "column": [
                "preSql": [
                    "delete from XXX;"
            "stepType": "rdbms"
            "category": "writer",
            "name": "Writer",
            "parameter": {},
            "stepType": "stream"
    "type": "job",
    "version": "2.0"