When using use the MariaDB Connector/J with UTF-8 data, some characters are not properly rendered, and the collation from the database is not respected.  Apparently, the MariaDB jdbc driver doesn't fully support character encodings and collation with utf-8. The problem was observed when trying to use latin1_spanish_ci collation in driver version 2.5.4 (mariadb-java-client-2.5.4.jar). 

At the time of writing, the issue still seems to be unresolved; see MariaDB issue CONJ-417 Support characterEncoding and collation in jdbc and Setting Character Sets and Collations in the MariaDB knowledge base for more information,

Still, it should be possible to resolve this by setting the following session variables in the connection string (thanks Martha :-)

Database Connection > Properties > Driver Properties > SessionVariables: 





Workaround: MySQL Driver

If this doesn't work, you may be able to use the MySQL jdbc driver, not the MariaDB driver (even though the database itself is MariaDB), and set the following driver properties:

  • characterEncoding utf-8
  • connectionCollation latin1_spanish_ci


Depending on the version of the database and driver, you may experience other problems when running MariaDB using a MySQL driver; we recommend using the MariaDB driver when connecting to a MariaDB server.