[java] Connection Java-MySql : Public Key Retrieval is not allowed

I try to connect MySql database with Java using connector 8.0.11. Everything seems to be ok but I have this exception:

Exception in thread "main" java.sql.SQLNonTransientConnectionException: Public Key Retrieval is not allowed

Stack Trace:

    Exception in thread "main" java.sql.SQLNonTransientConnectionException: Public Key Retrieval is not allowed at com.mysql.cj.jdbc.exceptions.SQLError.createSQLException(SQLError.java:108) at com.mysql.cj.jdbc.exceptions.SQLError.createSQLException(SQLError.java:95) at com.mysql.cj.jdbc.exceptions.SQLExceptionsMapping.translateException(SQLExceptionsMapping.java:122) at 
 com.mysql.cj.jdbc.ConnectionImpl.createNewIO(ConnectionImpl.java:862) at com.mysql.cj.jdbc.ConnectionImpl.(ConnectionImpl.java:444) at com.mysql.cj.jdbc.ConnectionImpl.getInstance(ConnectionImpl.java:230) at com.mysql.cj.jdbc.NonRegisteringDriver.connect(NonRegisteringDriver.java:226) at com.mysql.cj.jdbc.MysqlDataSource.getConnection(MysqlDataSource.java:438) at com.mysql.cj.jdbc.MysqlDataSource.getConnection(MysqlDataSource.java:146) at com.mysql.cj.jdbc.MysqlDataSource.getConnection(MysqlDataSource.java:119) at ConnectionManager.getConnection(ConnectionManager.java:28) at Main.main(Main.java:8)

Connector Manager:

public class ConnectionManager {

    public static final String serverTimeZone = "UTC";
    public static final String serverName = "localhost";
    public static final String databaseName ="biblioteka";
    public static final int portNumber = 3306;
    public static final String user = "anyroot";
    public static final String password = "anyroot";

    public static Connection getConnection() throws SQLException {

        MysqlDataSource dataSource = new MysqlDataSource();

        dataSource.setUseSSL( false );
        dataSource.setServerTimezone( serverTimeZone );
        dataSource.setServerName( serverName );
        dataSource.setDatabaseName( databaseName );
        dataSource.setPortNumber( portNumber );
        dataSource.setUser( user );
        dataSource.setPassword( password );

        return dataSource.getConnection();

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The answer is

This solution worked for MacOS Sierra, and running MySQL version 8.0.11. Please make sure driver you have added in your build path - "add external jar" should match up with SQL version.

String url = "jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/syscharacterEncoding=utf8&useSSL=false&serverTimezone=UTC&rewriteBatchedStatements=true";

For DBeaver users:

  1. Right click your connection, choose "Edit Connection"

  2. On the "Connection settings" screen (main screen) click on "Edit Driver Settings"

  3. Click on "Connection properties"

  4. Right click the "user properties" area and choose "Add new property"

  5. Add two properties: "useSSL" and "allowPublicKeyRetrieval"

  6. Set their values to "false" and "true" by double clicking on the "value" column

I found this issue frustrating because I was able to interact with the database yesterday, but after coming back this morning, I started getting this error.

I tried adding the allowPublicKeyRetrieval=true flag, but I kept getting the error.

What fixed it for me was doing Project->Clean in Eclipse and Clean on my Tomcat server. One (or both) of those fixed it.

I don't understand why, because I build my project using Maven, and have been restarting my server after each code change. Very irritating...

Give connection URL as jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/hb_student_tracker?allowPublicKeyRetrieval=true&useSSL=false&serverTimezone=UTC

If you are getting the following error while connecting the mysql (either local or mysql container running the mysql):

java.sql.SQLNonTransientConnectionException: Public Key Retrieval is not allowed

Solution: Add the following line in your database service:

command: --default-authentication-plugin=mysql_native_password

When doing this from DBeaver I had to go to "Connection settings" -> "SSL" tab and then :

  • uncheck the "Verify server certificate"
  • check the "Allow public key retrival"

This is how it looks like. DBeaver configuration

Note that this is suitable for local development only.

Update the useSSL=true in spring boot application connection with mysql;


I was also facing such an issue while dockerizing our existing application. The solution si to add allowPublicKeyRetrieval connection option of MySQL with a value of true to the JDBC connection string. If that is not working , try adding useSSL option to false as well .

The resultant string would look like this :

jdbc:mysql://<database server ip>:3306/databaseName?allowPublicKeyRetrieval=true&useSSL=false

The above error in my case was actually due to the wrong username and password. Solving the issue: 1. Go to the line DriverManager.getConnection("jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/?useSSL=false", "username", "password"); The fields username and password might be wrong. Enter the username and password which you use to start your mysql client. The username is generally root and password is the string which you enter when a screen similar to this appears Startup screen of mysql

Note: The portname 3306 might be different in your case.

This also can be happened due to wrong user name or password. As solutions I've added allowPublicKeyRetrieval=true&useSSL=false part but still I got error then I checked the password and it was wrong.

Use jdbc url as :


PortNo: 3306 can be different in your configuation

I solve this issue using below configuration on spring boot framework


First of all, please make sure your Database server is up and running. I was getting the same error, after trying all the answers listed here I found out that my Database server was not running.

You can check the same from MySQL Workbench, or Command line using

mysql -u USERNAME -p

This sounds obvious, but many times we assume that Database server is up and running all the time, especially when we are working on our local machine, when we restart/shutdown the machine, Database server will be shutdown automatically.

In my case it was user error. I was using the root user with an invalid password. I am not sure why I didn't get an auth error but instead received this cryptic message.

Alternatively to the suggested answers you could try and use mysql_native_password authentication plugin instead of caching_sha2_password authentication plugin.

ALTER USER 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED WITH mysql_native_password BY 'your_password_here'; 

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