[weblogic] How to lookup JNDI resources on WebLogic?

I deployed a legacy application on WebLogic 11g. The application has the following code:

 Context context = new InitialContext();
 dataSource = (javax.sql.DataSource) context.lookup("java:myDataSource");

I also have a data source configured in WebLogic with the JNDI name of:


When the above java code runs, I get the following exception:

       javax.naming.NameNotFoundException: While trying to look up /myDataSource in /app/webapp/axis2.war/60105275.; remaining name '/myDataSource'
        at weblogic.jndi.internal.BasicNamingNode.newNameNotFoundException(BasicNamingNode.java:1139)

      at weblogic.jndi.internal.ApplicationNamingNode.lookup(ApplicationNamingNode.java:144)

I'm fairly new to JNDI, so my question is? Where is the disconnect in naming? What does it mean when a context lookup has a prefix of "java:" ?


This question is related to weblogic jndi weblogic11g

The answer is

You should be able to simply do this:

Context context = new InitialContext();
dataSource = (javax.sql.DataSource) context.lookup("jdbc/myDataSource");

If you are looking it up from a remote destination you need to use the WL initial context factory like this:

Hashtable<String, String> h = new Hashtable<String, String>(7);
h.put(Context.INITIAL_CONTEXT_FACTORY, "weblogic.jndi.WLInitialContextFactory");
h.put(Context.PROVIDER_URL, pURL); //For example "t3://"
h.put(Context.SECURITY_PRINCIPAL, pUsername);
h.put(Context.SECURITY_CREDENTIALS, pPassword);

InitialContext context = new InitialContext(h);
dataSource = (javax.sql.DataSource) context.lookup("jdbc/myDataSource");


java is the root JNDI namespace for resources. What the original snippet of code means is that the container the application was initially deployed in did not apply any additional namespaces to the JNDI context you retrieved (as an example, Tomcat automatically adds all resources to the namespace comp/env, so you would have to do dataSource = (javax.sql.DataSource) context.lookup("java:comp/env/jdbc/myDataSource"); if the resource reference name is jdbc/myDataSource).

To avoid having to change your legacy code I think if you register the datasource with the name myDataSource (remove the jdbc/) you should be fine. Let me know if that works.

I just had to update legacy Weblogic 8 app to use a data-source instead of hard-coded JDBC string. Datasource JNDI name on the configuration tab in the Weblogic admin showed: "weblogic.jdbc.ESdatasource", below are two ways that worked:

      Context ctx = new InitialContext();
      DataSource dataSource;

      try {
        dataSource = (DataSource) ctx.lookup("weblogic.jdbc.ESdatasource");
        response.getWriter().println("A " +dataSource);
      }catch(Exception e) {
        response.getWriter().println("A " + e.getMessage() + e.getCause());


      try {
        dataSource = (DataSource) ctx.lookup("weblogic/jdbc/ESdatasource");
        response.getWriter().println("F "+dataSource);
      }catch(Exception e) {
        response.getWriter().println("F " + e.getMessage() + e.getCause());

      //use your datasource
      conn = datasource.getConnection();

That's all folks. No passwords and initial context factory needed from the inside of Weblogic app.

I had a similar problem to this one. It got solved by deleting the java:comp/env/ prefix and using jdbc/myDataSource in the context lookup. Just as someone pointed out in the comments.