Last Updated: February 25, 2016
· bajesse

Use Hibernate 4.3.x with JTA on Glassfish 4

This will allow you to upgrade to JPA 2.1 using the new Hibernate framework on Java EE 7 and maintain your JTA datasources with a standard JPA EntityManager.

First you will want to download Hibernate 4.3.x from http://hibernate.org/orm/downloads/ and drop all the required jars in the zip in {Glassfish4 direcory}/glassfish/lib
I also installed jboss-logging-3.1.x.GA.jar in the {Glassfish4 direcory}/glassfish/lib/endorsed folder to allow Hibernate logging.

I recommend using Maven for your project dependency management since Hibernate has a large dependency tree. Add the following dependency to pom.xml


In Hibenate 3.6 and JPA 2.0 your persistence.xml file would look like this:

<persistence version="2.0"
    xsi:schemaLocation="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/persistence http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/persistence/persistence_2_0.xsd">
  <persistence-unit name="myunitname" transaction-type="JTA">

Now with Hibernate 4.3 You must update your persitence version and your provider class:

<persistence version="2.1" 
     xsi:schemaLocation="http://xmlns.jcp.org/xml/ns/persistence http://www.oracle.com/webfolder/technetwork/jsc/xml/ns/persistence/persistence_2_1.xsd">
  <persistence-unit name="myunitname" transaction-type="JTA">
      <property name="hibernate.transaction.jta.platform" value="org.hibernate.service.jta.platform.internal.SunOneJtaPlatform" />

Note the addition of the property hibernate.transaction.jta.platform This is required and the value will change depending on your container. For Glassfish it's org.hibernate.service.jta.platform.internal.SunOneJtaPlatform. See here for other platform implementations: http://docs.jboss.org/hibernate/core/4.0/javadocs/org/hibernate/service/jta/platform/internal/package-summary.html

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Thank you so much :)

over 1 year ago ·

Thanks man, saved me a lot of headache!

over 1 year ago ·

Good Afternoon,

I was following your guide with the change that I'm using JPA 2.1 with Hibernate 4.3.6.Final in Glassfish 4.

The thing is that I'm using netbeans to migrate a Maven Project from Glassfish 3 to 4 and after copying and pasting all the .jars from Hibernate when I Clean and Build the project I'm still getting a java.lang.ClassCastException which is related to an database entity that is trying to be casted as the same class in a for loop.

Another error that I'm getting is with the java.lang.EJBException which I don't know why it is generated.

Could you please advice me what steps or dependencies I need to define on the Maven's pom.xml file in order to have this working correctly?

Thank you.

over 1 year ago ·

Why does jboss-logging-3.1.x.GA.jar need to be placed in the endorsed directory?

over 1 year ago ·