Transactions with MariaDB Connector/C++

Developers can use MariaDB Connector/C++ to perform basic DML (Data Manipulation Language) operations inside a transaction with MariaDB Enterprise.

Auto-Commit Behavior

By default, MariaDB Connector/C++ enables auto-commit. When auto-commit is enabled, each SQL statement is executed in its own transaction.

Confirm that auto-commit is enabled by calling sql::Connection::getAutoCommit():

bool isAutoCommit = conn->getAutoCommit();

Multi-Statement Transactions

MariaDB Connector/C++ supports multi-statement transactions when auto-commit is disabled.

Disable auto-commit by calling sql::Connection::setAutoCommit():


When auto-commit is disabled, a new transaction is automatically started when the current transaction is manually committed or rolled back. This means your application does not need to manually start each new transaction with BEGIN or START TRANSACTION.

The transaction can be manually managed by performing the following operations:

  • Setting the transaction isolation by calling sql::Connection::setTransactionIsolation() or using SET TRANSACTION ISOLATION LEVEL.

  • Setting the transaction to read-only by calling sql::Connection::setReadOnly() or using SET TRANSACTION READ ONLY.

  • Creating a savepoint by calling sql::Connection::setSavepoint() or using SAVEPOINT.

  • Rolling back to a savepoint by calling sql::Connection::releaseSavepoint() or using RELEASE SAVEPOINT.

  • Committing the transaction by calling sql::Connection::commit() or using COMMIT.

  • Rolling back the transaction by calling sql::Connection::rollback() or using ROLLBACK.

Code Example: DML in Transaction

UPDATE, INSERT, and DELETE are DML (Data Manipulation Language) operations that modify data in a table.

The following code demonstrates how to execute UPDATE on the example table within a transaction with auto-commit disabled.

To insert or delete data, replace the UPDATE statement in the code example with an INSERT or DELETE statement:

// Includes
#include <iostream>
#include <mariadb/conncpp.hpp>

void updateContact(std::shared_ptr<sql::PreparedStatement> &stmnt,
   sql::SQLString first_name,
   sql::SQLString email)
      // Bind variables to prepared statement parameters
      // Note that the index starts at 1--not 0
      stmnt->setString(1, email);
      stmnt->setString(2, first_name);

      // Execute Statement

   // Catch Exception
   catch (sql::SQLException &e)
      std::cerr << "Error updating contact: "
         << e.what() << std::endl;

// Main Process
int main(int argc, char **argv)
      // Instantiate Driver
      sql::Driver* driver = sql::mariadb::get_driver_instance();

      // Configure Connection
      // The URL or TCP connection string format is
      // ``jdbc:mariadb://host:port/database``.
      sql::SQLString url("jdbc:mariadb://");

      // Use a properties map for the user name and password
      sql::Properties properties({
            {"user", "db_user"},
            {"password", "db_user_password"}

      // Establish Connection
      // Use a smart pointer for extra safety
      std::unique_ptr<sql::Connection> conn(driver->connect(url, properties));

      // Use Connection to update contacts with a transaction
         // Disabling ``auto-commit`` mode automatically starts a new user managed transaction.

         // Create a PreparedStatement
         // Use a smart pointer for extra safety
         std::shared_ptr<sql::PreparedStatement> stmnt(conn->prepareStatement(
                  "UPDATE test.contacts SET email=? WHERE first_name = ?"

         std::string contacts[3][2] = {
               { "John", "" },
               { "Jon", "" },
               { "Johnny", "" }

         for (int row { 0 }; row < 3; ++row) {
            updateContact(stmnt, contacts[row][0], contacts[row][1]);

         // Commit the transaction
      catch (sql::SQLException &e)
         std::cerr << "Error updating contact with a transaction: "
            << e.what() << std::endl;

         // Rollback the transaction

      // Close Connection
   catch (sql::SQLException &e)
      std::cerr << "SQL exception in MariaDB Enterprise: "
         << e.what() << std::endl;

      // Exit (Failed)
      return 1;

   // Exit (Success)
   return 0;

The following query confirms the UPDATE of the example table:

SELECT * from test.contacts;
| id | first_name | last_name | email                   |
|  1 | John       | Smith     |   |
|  2 | Jon        | Smith     |    |
|  3 | Johnny     | Smith     | |