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Flyway Documentation

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Adding to the classpath

Flyway ships with support for a large number of databases and functionality, but due to limitations (such as licensing) it cannot ship containing everything it supports. In these situations, Flyway will load the extra support/functionality if it is present on the classpath.

How to add to the classpath

How you add to the classpath depends on how you are invoking Flyway.

Command Line

When using the CLI, you can add to the classpath by dropping the .jar files for the libraries you want to include into either the drivers or the jars folder in the downloaded folder structure. The two folders are provided to make it easier to separate jars used for adding database driver support, and jars used to contain other functionality (such as Java migrations or Java callbacks).

   drivers  here
   jars     or here

You can also specify more folders to load jars from using the jarDirs configuration parameter.


When using the API, the jars you wish to include should be added as dependencies of the overall project, just as you would with any other java dependencies.


See extending the gradle classpath.


Simply add the library as a regular dependency of your maven project. e.g:


What can be added

The most common library to be added to Flyway is those that add JDBC driver support. For example the Informix database is supported by Flyway, but the JDBC driver is not shipped with it. Therefore the dependency needs to be added to the classpath to allow Flyway to work with it. See each database page for the JDBC driver they use and whether they are shipped with Flyway or not.

Other uses for adding libraries are adding logging support, adding Java migrations, and more.