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ZX-Ed is a database editor and script generator for ZXDB.

Whenever any change is made to the database using ZX-Ed, its corresponding SQL statement is generated and logged into file /tmp/ZX-Ed.sql. This approach provides the following advantages:

  • The generated SQL works as "auditing" for all ZXDB changes, so the history behind every single change in the database can be preserved and revised independently.
  • It's not necessary to edit the official ZXDB instance directly. A separate ZXDB clone can be edited instead, generating the SQL file that can be revalidated later, before applying these changes to official ZXDB.

How to run ZX-Ed


  • Download and install Java 8 or later, preferably Java JDK 8. Don't forget to set environment variable JAVA_HOME. You better also set environment variable JAVA_TOOL_OPTIONS with value -Dfile.encoding=UTF8 otherwise certain special characters (such as €) won't work properly.
  • Download and install Apache Tomcat.
  • Download and install MariaDB (or MySQL), setting UTF8 as default server's charset.

Database creation

  • Download ZXDB_mysql.sql from ZXDB, then execute it using a database client (such as HeidiSQL) as UTF8. It will create database ZXDB and populate it.
  • Execute scripts/zxed_prepare.sql using the same database client as UTF8. It will prepare ZXDB for editing, adding version control to protect against concurrent changes from multiple users (later the original ZXDB structure can be restored by executing scripts/zxed_reset.sql).

Tomcat preparation

  • Download MariaDB Java Connector/J 2.3.0 or later, then copy it to tomcat/lib/.
  • Edit tomcat/conf/context.xml to add ZX-Ed datasource (replacing username and password as needed):
    <Resource name="jdbc/ZX-EdDS" auth="Container" type="javax.sql.DataSource"
              maxActive="20" maxIdle="5" maxWait="10000"
              username="root" password="password" driverClassName="org.mariadb.jdbc.Driver"

ZX-Ed installation

  • Download latest release of ZX-Ed.war, then copy it to tomcat/webapps/.
  • Run tomcat/bin/startup to start Tomcat.
  • Open http://localhost:8080/ZX-Ed/ in a browser.

How to use ZX-Ed

ZX-Ed is a C.R.U.D. application to edit ZXDB data. Every page in ZX-Ed (listed in the left side menu) corresponds to a table in ZXDB.

Each page in ZX-Ed has multiple use modes, as detailed below.

  • List mode:

Group (List mode)

Whenever you select a page from the left side menu, it will always start in List mode. From here, you can locate an existing record on this table, then click either EDIT or DELETE. Or you can start to create a new record clicking NEW.

  • New mode:

Group (New mode)

Whenever you click NEW, it will enter New mode. It will typically start with a blank page, except for certain fields automatically filled with default values. Now you can freely input new content, then click SAVE to insert this record into the database. If the record is created successfully, the page will automatically change to Edit mode.

  • Edit mode:

Group (Edit mode)

The Edit mode is almost identical to New mode, except it's for modifying an existing record in the database, instead of creating a new record. The most visible difference is, when you are editing a record that already exists, you will also have an option to remove it from the database clicking DELETE. Or you can make changes, then click SAVE to update the record in the database.

  • Sub-lists:

Member (Group sub-list)

Although every table in ZXDB has its own page in ZX-Ed, the same table may also appear as sub-list in another related table's page. However this data appears duplicated just for convenience, since editing data from a sub-list will produce exactly the same result as the original table's page.

Each sub-list works independently from the rest of the page, with separate NEW, EDIT and SAVE options. The most visible difference is that each sub-list has its own message "There are ? records in list" at the bottom.

How to recompile ZX-Ed

Additional requirements

Project preparation

ZX-Ed depends on OpenXava, that doesn't support Maven. Therefore a few "manual" steps are necessary to prepare the development environment and its dependencies:

  • Clone ZX-Ed repository.
  • Download from OpenXava, unzip it, then copy its workspace content into ZX-Ed's workspace.
  • Inside directory workspace/ZX-Ed/, execute ant createProject to complete creating the project.

Application development

  • Open project "ZX-Ed" using a Java IDE (preferably Eclipse) for editing.
  • Inside directory workspace/ZX-Ed/, execute ant compile to recompile it, then execute ant createWar to recreate it.

User configuration

  • By default, ZX-Ed recognizes users "admin" (password "admin") and "guest" (password "guest"). The latter is a special user with read-only permissions only.
  • To define different users and/or modify passwords, edit file properties/ (either from workspace/ZX-Ed/ prior to compilation, or directly inside a released ZX-Ed.war).


ZX-Ed is open source, freely available under the Apache 2.0 License.


ZX-Ed was created by Einar Saukas using OpenXava 6.1.2, Lombok, and SOL.


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