I would like to show how to connect to IBM DB2 Express from C# using IBM managed provider. This article is based on various parts from other articles (and experiences) I've came across searching for solution to my problem.
A while ago i started to develop client-server aplication in c# which was connecting to DB2 express server. When i started to look for connection string that will work for me I came to realize that nothing I've found was warking. There are many very good articles on the net but somehow connection strings where not working for me. It took some time but finally I've found solution to my problem. I hope it will help You to.
Using the code
OBTAINING IBM Data Server Driver for
1. You need to have an account (it's free) created in order to download anything from IBM.
2. You can download everything from IBM site at this adress:
Keep in mind that this driver requires .Net fremework to be already installed on your computer. You don't need any other things to make it work. It's very fast and pain free process.
You will need to install IBM .net provider and ofcourse you need DB2 sever. I'm not going to give you entire code becouse its not different at all from MS SERVER Express.
The only thing that changes are some names ex.:
and so on.
DB2Connection, DB2Command, DB2Exception
are all located in
You need to add a reference to your project in order to have accsess to it.
Before I could remotely connect I needed to create exception in windows firewall on the server. It's an easy process. Just add an exception with the name of your choice and set TCP port to 50000 (that's the default port for DB2 Express).
Now for the connection string:
DB2Connection connect =
Database - sets the name of the database you are trying to connect to.
UserID - it's the user id you are using "db2admin" is the default user name that is created when you install DB2 Express unless you have changed it during instalation.
Password - it's the password you specified durring instalation for the user.
Server - this is where you specify location/name of the server and optionaly tcp port.
This last parameter gave me a headache. There are different ways to use it but in my case only one worked.
Here are your options:
Lets assume our server name is "Elizabeth".
In first two cases I got errors "DNS could not be resolved". Only last option worked. Thats it I think. As you can see the stracture of the connection part of the code in application is almost the same as MS Server version.
Points of Interest
Hope this helps someone who has problems with reading those long error msgs DB2 pops when something goes wrong like I have =].
In the near future I'll add some info on how to write queries and stored procedures for IBM and how to use them with C#. Also I'll try to show the differences between MS sp and DB2 sp.
2008-05-25 First version of this article.
2008-05-26 Added info on how to obtain driver and where classes mentioned above are located
I've been devoloping MSSQL databases since 2004. My favorite language is C#. Currently I've switched from MS Server to IBM DB2, but still do some work on MSS.