Connecting Nuxeo to the Database

Updated: March 18, 2024

To connect Nuxeo to your database, you need to tell Nuxeo which database template to use and provide the database connection information.

Connecting Nuxeo to the Database From the nuxeo.conf File

By default, the "default" template is enabled on your Nuxeo server (see the Database templates section for more information on this template). You need to edit it to change the template to be used.

  1. Open your nuxeo.conf file with a text editor.

    For Windows users

     Do not use Office writers, nor Notepad.

    Wordpad is fine, Notepad++ and SciTE are good text editors, there are a lot of other text editors.

  2. If needed, uncomment or edit the nuxeo.templates parameter and replace default with the wanted database template's name (see Database Templates section).
  3. Depending on your Database choice, you have to uncomment or edit the parameters below and provide their values:
    1. SQL Database:
      • nuxeo.db.user
      • nuxeo.db.password
      • nuxeo.db.port
    2. MongoDB Database:
      • nuxeo.mongodb.server
      • nuxeo.mongodb.dbname
  4. Save your modifications.
  5. Restart the server.

For production or load testing environments

These are the minimum required parameters to enable the Nuxeo server to communicate with the database. For a production or load testing environment, you may need to provide the other commented parameters.

Database Templates

The default available database templates are:

  • common: Common template used by other templates
  • custom: Sample custom templates. Of course, this template is empty by default. One should copy it outside $NUXEO_HOME and adapt to their needs. See related section below.
  • default: default Nuxeo configuration template for test purpose
  • docker: Template to be used in the Docker image to only append the server logs to the console, not to a server.log file. Also, see the page about Logs.
  • docker-json: Same as the docker template but allows to append the console logs as JSON.
  • https: (not recommended) Template to make the server listen to port 443 (HTTPS)
  • mariadb: MariaDB configuration template (since Nuxeo FT 9.1; for older versions of Nuxeo the mysql template should be used)
  • mariadb-quartz-cluster
  • mongodb: MongoDB configuration template
  • mssql: MS SQL Server configuration template
  • mssql-quartz-cluster
  • mysql: MySQL configuration template
  • mysql-quartz-cluster
  • oracle: Oracle configuration template
  • oracle-quartz-cluster;
  • postgresql: PostgreSQL configuration template
  • postgresql-quartz-cluster

The most commonly used templates are described below. For more information read the page Configuration Templates.


This is the default Nuxeo configuration using an embedded H2 database. It is designed for development or test purpose. Do not use this in production or for performance evaluations.

  • Repository backend: H2
  • Services backend: H2

This is the recommended configuration for production, based on PostgreSQL.

  • Repository backend: PostgreSQL XA
  • Services backend: PostgreSQL XA

The PostgreSQL driver is included in the Nuxeo applications by default. However, if needed you can download a more recent version from

The JAR (for instance postgresql-9.4-1212.jar) is located in $NUXEO/lib/.

You can use a later driver with an earlier database version, for instance the 9.4 driver still works with PostgreSQL 9.2 or 9.3.

See the page PostgreSQL for more information on the database configuration.


  • Repository backend: Oracle XA
  • Services backend: Oracle XA

The driver is not included in Nuxeo applications for legal reasons. To install it:

  1. Download the appropriate JDBC driver from
  2. The JAR (ojdbc7.jar) must be placed in $NUXEO/lib/.

See the page Oracle for more information on the database configuration.

Microsoft SQL Server

  • Repository backend: Microsoft SQL Server XA
  • Services backend: Microsoft SQL Server XA

The Microsoft JDBC driver is already shipped with Nuxeo.

The JAR (for instance sqljdbc-4.2.6420.jar) is located in $NUXEO/lib/.

See the page Microsoft SQL Server for more information on the database configuration.


  • Repository backend: MySQL XA
  • Services backend: MySQL XA

The JDBC driver (dowloadable from is included in Nuxeo applications and is located in $NUXEO/lib/.

We recommend using a near-infinite wait_timeout in the MySQL server configuration. See the page MySQL for more information on the database configuration.

Connecting Nuxeo to the Database From the JSF Admin Center

JSF UI Deprecation
This requires to have the JSF UI addon installed on your server that is deprecated since Nuxeo Platform LTS 2019.
Please refer to the Web UI documentation.

  1. In the Admin Center, click on the Setup tab of system information section.
  2. In the Main information section, select the target database in the drop down menu. A new Database Information section is displayed on the page.
  3. Fill in the database connection information.
  4. Click on the Save button displayed below the Email information section.
  5. Restart your server.