Tibco Database Adapter: Step By Step Tutorial

Tibco Database Adapter is used for enabling communication between TIBCO processes and database system. There are two types of services that can be used with a database adapter:

  • Publication Service

Adapter Publication service extracts data from the changed rows of a database table and publishes them on appropriate subject names which are then subscribed by adapter subscriber process starter.

  • Subscription Service

Subscription service of a database adapter does opposite to a publication service.  When running as a subscriber, database adapter listens on a subject, receives messages and updates the relevant tables in its associated database.


In this tutorial, we will be covering publication service of database adapter. If you are interested to know about TIBCO Adapter Subscription service, you can go to tutorial TIBCO Adapter: Step By Step Tutorial For Adapter Subscription Service

In this tutorial of Adapter Publication service, We will write a publication service that will look for any updates in a table TBL_EMPLOYEE in Oracle database and it will publish the updates on a subject. We will write a business process that will have Adapter Subscriber as start activity which will receive a message from the publication service of the specified adapter.

Step 1: Database Table Creation

Our adapter will be based on a table TBL_EMPLOYEE. We need to create the table using following query:

— Create table create table TBL_EMPLOYEE ( EMP_CODE        VARCHAR2(20) not null, EMP_NAME        VARCHAR2(30) not null, EMP_DESIGNATION VARCHAR2(30) not null, EMP_AGE         VARCHAR2(10) )


Step 2: Create database Adapter

In our project AdapterTest, we create a new Active Database Adapter Configuration by choosing Add Resources–>Active Database Adapter–>Active Database Adapter Configuration. We specify database driver, Schema name, IP, Port, User, Password etc. in Design-time connection tab for it. We need to use Test Connection button on the bottom to ensure that connection is fine with database.


adapter design time configuration

In Run-time Connection tab we need to specify ODBC DSN. ODBC DSN must be first created for this purpose. ODBC connection is created in Windows Environment in following way. Creating ODBC Connection for TIBCO adapter: Choose Start–>Control Panel–>Administrative Tools–>Data Sources (ODBC) in your windows machine.



Under System DSN tab, create a new data source and name it TIBCO. Specify database parameters of your TIBCO database in required fields.


system DSN configuration


Using Test Connect button, test if your database connection is successful by giving database username and password.


test ODBC connection


If you have configured your ODBC connection correctly, you should get a message “Connection Established” as shown below:

connection successful


Now we have a working ODBC connection configured in our windows machine. So we can safely use this ODBC name in Run-time Connection tab of our adapter configuration.   Creating Adapter Publication Service: Now we need to add a publication service in our adapter. In “Adapter Services” folder, add a new publication services by choosing Add Resource–>Active Database Adapter–>Publication Service Configuration tab of publication service should be configured as shown below:


adapter service configuration


In the Table Tab of publication service configuration, choose the table TBL_EMPLOYEE by clicking on Add Table button. It will look as below after adding the table:


adapter service add table


In the publisher options tab, we have chosen Publish By Value as Storage Mode and Update as Update Mode. Note that we don’t create Publishing table. Its created automatically.


adapter publisher options setting


We don’t need to make any change in Advanced tab and it should look like this:


adapter service advanced setting


Now we are done with configuring our Adapter and making it ready.

Now is the time to move forward for crating a process for our adapter service.


Step 3: Create Adapter Subscriber Process

We create a process employeeSubscriber that will subscribe to the adapter we created in step 2. This process will have a Adapter Subscriber activity as its process starter. This process will write the information that it receives through adapter into a text file. Process will look like below:


employeeSubscriber process


In Adapter Subscriber Configuration tab, we choose our Adapter Service by using binocular. This will be the service for which this subscriber will be listening on a given subject.

adapter subscriber configuration


In Transport Tab of adapter subscriber, subject,  transport type etc. is specified. In this tutorial example, I have kept it to default without making any changes as shown below:

adapter subscriber transport


Adapter Subscriber Output tab shows the output of the subscriber activity. In body of its output, it will have all the columns of our publisher table as shown below:

adapter subscriber output tab


We use confirm activity after Adapter Subscriber to confirm the receipt of message. The Confirm activity confirms any confirmable messages received by the process instance. In configuration of confirm activity, we specify confirm event which is adapter subscriber in our case.

adapter subscriber confirm activity

We have used a Write File activity which will write Employee Details to a text file.

adapter subscriber write file activity


Now we are done with setting up all required bricks and blocks of our building and now is the time to test it.


Step 4: Test TIBCO database Adapter Publication Service

We have created one adapter publication service and one business process.  So we need to use both Adapter Tester and Process Tester for testing our code.

We can open Adapter Tester by going through Tools Menu in Tibco designer as shown below:

show adapter tester


After opening Adapter Tester, choose the adapter from the left side where all available adapter services are shown. Make sure that Working Directory points to the bin folder inside adapter installation path as shown below:

adapter tester


Using Start Buton, start the adapter. Once adapter is started, Start Button should change to Stop Button.

adapter tester started


Now our adapter is up and running. We need to start our process as well so that any messages received by Adapter go to its subscriber.

tester start process

Once we have our adapter as well as process ready in the tester, its time to play with our database table to fire the event.

We add a new record in the database table TBL_EMPLOYEE using below query:

(800,’Ajmal Abbasi’,’Engineer’,26)


As soon as value is inserted in TBL_EMPLOYEE, it gets published to Publisher table P_TIBL_EMPLOYEE with ADB_L_DELIVERY_STATUS as ‘N’:

p_tbl_employee data with N status

Adapter Publication Service gets the information, process having adapter subscriber subscribes the request and process runs to its completion as shown below:

process tested in tester


Now, if we check the same record in the table P_TBL_EMPLOYEE, its ADB_L_DELIVERY_STATUS has changed to C (Complete):

p_tbl_employee data with C status

Now our last step in this tutorial is to check in the text file that we wrote in our process and verify that employee record has been written in the file:

file content written by write file activity

Congratulations, we are now done with our tutorial TIBCO Database Adapter: Step By Step


Ajmal Abbasi

Ajmal Hussain Abbasi is Integration Consultant By Profession with 13+ years experience in Integration domain mainly with TIBCO products. He has extensive practical knowledge of TIBCO Business Works, TIBCO Cloud, TIBCO Flogo, TIBCO Mashery, TIBCO Spotfire, EMS and TIBCO ActiveSpaces. He has worked on a number of highly critical integration projects in various sectors by using his skills in TIBCO Flogo, TIBCO API Management (Mashery), TCI, Tibco Designer, TIBCO Business Studio, Adapters, TIBCO EMS, RV, Administrator, TIBCO BE, TIBCO ActiveSpaces etc. Ajmal Abbasi has experience with MuleSoft ESB as well. Ajmal Abbasi is also experienced in the area of API Management particularly with WSO2 API management platforms. Ajmal Abbasi is also experienced in developing solutions using Core Java and J2EE Technologies. You can contact Ajmal Abbasi for Consultancy, Technical Assistance and Technical Discussions.

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39 thoughts on “Tibco Database Adapter: Step By Step Tutorial

  1. Vaibhav Sharma

    Hello Sir,

    It is a very gud tutorial. Thanks for the tutorial.
    But i do have one query if two subscribers are UP in environment so what will be the condition of listening the Message.
    1:-Both will listen at same time.
    2:-Or there may be some condition.
    I actually want to know which one will listen first.

  2. Rakesh

    can you please demonstrate write schema (manual) with parent and child records of file adapter

  3. Yash

    Cool Tutorial
    I had a question–Is is possible to keep the Publishing table and the main table same ?
    If yes how can we do it ? I tried it but i got a config error not sure why.


    1. Kaushal Desai

      No Yash..You can’t keep both table same., Main table is parent table on which actual transaction will happnd.. On Main table you can apply triggers to get real time data.. Main table having authentication restrictions for actual transaction data.. Publishing table is TIBCO generated table.. This table required full authentication. Publishing table maintaining the state of actual table.. ADB runs on timer base activity which picking up data from publishing table untill “ADB_L_Delivery_status” values is C.. Even if any circumstances ADB adapter is down then also publishing table get the data from main table due to triggers.. So later on once ADB starts again all previous data will piched and processed.. Hope you doubts are clear..

  4. Raghu

    Hi Ajmal, Thanks much for this invaluable information. It worked just perfect.

    I faced a small error in between while starting up the adapter tester.

    ServerCode: 0
    Message:[Data Direct][ODBC Oracle Wire Protocol driver] optional feature not implemented.

    The resolution for this problem would be, while setting up the ODBC Sytem DSN, in the advanced tab, select the tick box: “Enable Timestamp With Timezone”

    Thanks again 🙂

  5. Kaushal Desai

    Hi Ajmal, Its a really helpful tutorial for the beginers. Some important steps I would like to include with your post. When we configuring ADB Adapters then we have one option “Save to Database” on design time configuration. Once we configure Adapter Properties (Publication/Subscription/Request-Reply) and save them then some inbuild commands of database are getting created with .Sql file in C:\tibco_home\Adapter\Adb\6.X\sql.. If DB user name has full access on DB then all command will executed in DB while checked “Save to Database” else we need to provide the SQL script file to DBA admin to execute the script.. If you open the script you will find create/alter commands for table, publication table, index, triggers. ADB adapter will only work if this script is properly deployed in Database.

    1. Dora

      Hi Ajmal ji, Thank you…..!!! for this wonderful tutorial.

      Hi Kaushal, How the trigger can understand the data base events has been happened on source table and publish those changes/ updates to publishing table. Do we have to configure any thing on DBA or it happens by selecting the option “Save to Database”.

      1. Ajmal Abbasi Post author

        Dear Dora,

        Thanks for the feedback.
        Please note that a trigger is automatically created on the source table which inserts records in the publishing table based on the DML operations happening on the source table.

  6. Richa Jaiswal

    I am intrested to give the TIBCO BW certification exam .Please provide the necessary information about the Certification.

  7. santosh

    Hi Ajmal,
    I was trying to configure the ODBC as mentioned in the screen shots but the way it is displayed in the screen shot and the way it is displayed to me is a bit different , does it change with the OS? i’m using window 7.Can you please help out!!

  8. Laura

    Hi, I am getting this error when I started the tester:

    Got SDK error in method :
    Error code: AESDKJ-0439

    Would you give some advice as what goes wrong? Thanks.

  9. ashish sharma

    If for my source, I have one parent table(P1) and it has three child tables(C1,C2 and C3) and they have P_Id as a foreign key which is the primary key in the P1.
    If the data is inserted only in P1, and our publication service is triggered, how would the data be inserted in the Publishing table(P_P1)? Is the structure of the Pubishing table exactly the same as of our source table or only One publishing table is created including all the columns of P1,C1,C2,C3)? Please clarify.

  10. Krishna Vengalasetty

    Please provide also for Request-Response Invocation example..

    1. Kaushal

      Hi Venkat, You can’t use views directly in adb adapters. Publication & subscription services can only configure with actual DB tables. Custom RPC is another option to call store procedures using request response service. You need to create store procedure to call view. Store procedure will return result of View on ADB Adapter. You have to call RPC services using invoke request response adapter palette activity.
      Hope this will help you.

  11. AdrianMP


    I’m facing problems when I try to update the AESchemas (if the schema of the table changes, for example) Is there any way to update the schemas automatically (as with R3 Adapter).


  12. sagar

    Please show me the full path of write file text content for concat, but hear visible only one string i want also another string. My adapter working good and its running but in file i did’t get employer details

    Thank u for this Tutorial and i am except more from You

  13. Kaushal Desai

    Hi Guys. I need your help for configuring RPC services to call store procedure in ADB adapter. I have created one store procedure in SQL server and configure with ADB RR services (Custom Operation). I have call ADB RR service in request response adapter servies in TIBCO process. While passing data to adapter service, request get successes but record not updated in DB using store procedure. I m getting error in adapter log saying ‘Invalid column name ORDINAL_POSITION” with error code [RPC] AEADB-530010. I don’t have such column in DB table or store procedure. If I call same procedure using JDBC call Procedure I am able to update data in DB table without any error. Please guide for the same. It seems some adapter configuration issue as existing sample (with ADB adapter) also getting same error.

  14. Kashmeera Phadke


    We need to pick up only new values from db after adapter is deployed in environment. Is this possible. If yes please let us know configuration details.

  15. Rakesh


    Please let me know how to fetch new records from database, after ADB is connected to database.
    I dont need to Re-Fetch all the data from the tables, but only the data which is Inserted,Deleted,Updated after the ADB is connected to Database.

  16. Nikhil Dash

    Hi Ajmal,

    I am getting below error . Can you provide some suggestion .
    Lib name adb60.dll
    Failed to load shared library, library name : adb60.dll

    I can see above file present in the lib folder of adapter .

  17. Jagan

    Hi Ajmal,

    I have configured the ADB adapter as per this tutorial. Connection is successful. But when running the adapter, it fetches no records, even though the record exists in the table. Below is the logs. Could you please help me in fixing this.


    Processing /tibco/private/adapter/AdapterConfigurations/ADB/ActiveDatabaseAdapterConfiguration/ActiveDatabaseAdapterConfiguration …

    Application : ActiveDatabaseAdapterConfiguration
    RepoURL : C:\Users\rajarjag.AUTH\Desktop\hu\AT_adadb_262737718237338354.dat
    ConfigURL : /tibco/private/adapter/AdapterConfigurations/ADB/ActiveDatabaseAdapterConfiguration
    Version :
    Instance ID : ActiveDatabaseAdapterConfiguration
    Description : TIBCO ActiveMatrix Adapter for Database
    Copyright 2001-2013 by TIBCO Software Inc.
    Developed with TIBCO Adapter SDK for Java
    Copyright 1998-2013 by TIBCO Software Inc.

    2016 Jul 14 13:19:56:531 GMT -0500 ActiveDatabaseAdapterConfiguration Info [Instance] AEADB-100001
    Active Database Adapter starts to initialize…

    2016 Jul 14 13:19:58:168 GMT -0500 ActiveDatabaseAdapterConfiguration Info [Instance] AEADB-100002
    Start Publication Service

    2016 Jul 14 13:19:58:171 GMT -0500 ActiveDatabaseAdapterConfiguration Info [Instance] AEADB-100004
    Active Database Adapter has started successfully.

    2016 Jul 14 13:20:03:175 GMT -0500 ActiveDatabaseAdapterConfiguration Info [Publication] AEADB-300001
    Publication Service thread starts polling message…

    2016 Jul 14 13:20:03:178 GMT -0500 ActiveDatabaseAdapterConfiguration Debug [Publication] AEADB-321007
    Publication Service thread execute publishing table selector…

    2016 Jul 14 13:20:03:187 GMT -0500 ActiveDatabaseAdapterConfiguration Debug [Publication] AEADB-322007
    Publication Service thread : no record found …

  18. Kani

    Hi Ajmal
    We are facing issue in TIBCO ADB 6.2 this is not compatible with Oracle 12C we can’t upgrade right now to ADB 7.0 is there any alternate solution recommended.


  19. Hari Trinath


    When we created the publishing table using ADB adapters, it was creating ADB_TIMESTAMP column with TIMESTAMP(6) WITH TIME ZONE datatype and we need SYSDATE instead. How to change it in ADB Adapters configurations.


  20. Marrah


    this is a great tutorial. however, i cannot find find the Active Database Adapter resource. i have a snapshot of my test project so can also check please. where can i send it? thank you.

  21. Vani

    Hi Ajmal ,

    I am facing the issue with adb adapter, adb adapter status(adb_l_delivery_status) is not changing to ‘C’ after publishing the data. can you please let me know if we need to add any additional configuration other than mentioned in the above tutorial.

    Am using the sql server details in my project.


  22. Abdel

    Hi Ajmal,

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Can you tell me plz if the ADP adapter is a plugin to install ? I can not find a matching palette in designer ! If so, how can we install it ? is it not a proprietary product so you have to buy it ? how do you work with Tibco products in general ? Do you have a purchased certificate ?

    How can we beginners that we do not have the instal of these tibco products do ?

    Thank you for your return.

  23. Fayaz

    How to migrate ADB Adapter Application developed in BW 5.x to BWCE? Please provide alternate approach if not possible.

  24. Praveen

    In this example if age value send null, then in that case p_table will publish data or not

  25. Sanjib Karmakar

    Hi Ajmal,

    I am getting below error .
    Lib name adb61.dll
    Failed to load shared library, library name : adb61.dll

    But I can see above file present in the lib folder of adapter.
    I have tried in different forum and found so many suggestions but none of them are worked.
    Please let me have your valued suggestion to solve this issue.

    I am using Oracle 11G and Tibco BW 5.14 / Designer 5.11


  26. Pradeepa

    Hi Ajmal.Could you please explain about Adapter Request Response as well using Invoke Adapter Request Response palette. Thanks Pradee

  27. Jhansi

    Hi Ajmal, when i try to start the adapter i am getting below Error. Can you please hekp.

    Processing /tibco/private/adapter/SharedResources/ADB/ADMS_OutageDataPublishers_ADB_V001/ADMS_OutageDataPublishers_ADB_V001 …

    Got SDK error in method :
    Error code: AESDKJ-0439



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