How to retrieve auto-incremented value generated by Statement using JDBC?

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While creating a table, in certain scenarios, we need values to column such as ID, to be generated/incremented automatically. Various databases support this feature in different ways.

In MySQL database you can declare a column auto increment using the following syntax.

CREATE TABLE table_name(
   column_name1 data_type1,
   column_name2 data_type2,
   column_name3 data_type3,
   column_name4 data_type4,
   ............ ...........

While inserting records in a table there is no need to insert value under the auto-incremented column. These will be generated automatically.

For example, in a table if we have a column with name ID and data type INT, which is auto-incremented and, if we already have 6 records in that table. When you insert the next record using the INSERT statement the ID value of the new record will be 7 and the ID value of its next record will be 8.

(You can specify the initial value and interval for these auto-incremented columns).

Retrieving the auto-incremented generated by the Statement object

If you insert records into a table which contains auto-incremented column, using a Statement object.

You can retrieve the values of that particular column, generated by the current Statement object using the getGeneratedKeys() method.


Let us create a table with name sales in MySQL database, with one of the columns as auto-incremented, using CREATE statement as shown below −

   ProductName VARCHAR (20),
   CustomerName VARCHAR (20),
   DispatchDate date,
   DeliveryTime time,
   Price INT,
   Location VARCHAR(20)

Now, to insert multiple records into this table by executing the multiple-row INSERT statement using Statement object and, to retrieve the auto-incremented values generated by it −

  • Register the Driver class of the desired database using the registerDriver() method of the DriverManager class or, the forName() method of the class named Class.
DriverManager.registerDriver(new com.mysql.jdbc.Driver());
  • Create a Connection object by passing the URL of the database, user-name and password of a user in the database (in string format) as parameters to the getConnection() method of the DriverManager class.
Connection mysqlCon = DriverManager.getConnection(mysqlUrl, "root", "password");
  • Create a Statement object using the createStatement() method of the connection interface.
//Creating the Statement object
Statement stmt = con.createStatement();
  • Execute the multi-row INSERT query using the executeUpdate() method.To this method pass the multi-row INSERT statement in string format as one parameter and, Statement.RETURN_GENERATED_KEYS as other parameter as −
//Executing the INSERT statement
stmt.executeUpdate(insertQuery, Statement.RETURN_GENERATED_KEYS);
  • Finally, get the auto-incremented keys generated by this PreparedStatement object using the getGeneratedKeys() method.
ResultSet rs = pstmt.getGeneratedKeys();
while ( {

Following JDBC program inserts 5 records into the Sales table (created above) using Statement, retrieves and displays the auto-incremented values generated by it.


import java.sql.Connection;
import java.sql.DriverManager;
import java.sql.ResultSet;
import java.sql.SQLException;
import java.sql.Statement;
public class RetrievingData_AutoIncrement {
   public static void main(String args[]) throws SQLException {
      //Registering the Driver
      DriverManager.registerDriver(new com.mysql.jdbc.Driver());
      //Getting the connection String mysqlUrl = "jdbc:mysql://localhost/sample_database";
      Connection con = DriverManager.getConnection(mysqlUrl, "root", "password");
      System.out.println("Connection established......");
      //Creating the Statement object Statement stmt = con.createStatement();
      //Query to insert multiple rows
      String insertQuery = "insert into sales (ProductName, CustomerName, DispatchDate, DeliveryTime, Price, Location) values"
      + "('Key-Board', 'Raja', DATE('2019-09-01'), TIME('11:00:00'), 7000, 'India'), "
      + "('Earphones', 'Roja', DATE('2019-05-01'), TIME('11:00:00'), 2000, 'Vishakhapatnam'), "
      + "('Mouse', 'Puja', DATE('2019-03-01'), TIME('10:59:59'), 3000, 'Vijayawada'), "
      + "('Mobile', 'Vanaja', DATE('2019-03-01'), TIME('10:10:52'), 9000, 'Chennai'), "
      + "('Headset', 'Jalaja', DATE('2019-04-06'), TIME('11:08:59'), 6000, 'Goa')";
      //Executing the INSERT statement stmt.executeUpdate(insertQuery, Statement.RETURN_GENERATED_KEYS);
      System.out.println("Records inserted......");
      //Retrieving the auto-generated (auto-incremented) keys  ResultSet rs = stmt.getGeneratedKeys();
      System.out.println("Values of auto-generated keys: ");
      while( {


Connection established......
Records inserted......
Values of generated keys:
Updated on 30-Jul-2019 22:30:26