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Official Flyway Docker images

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This is the official repository for Flyway Command-line images.

Which image should I use?

There are two families of images:

  • flyway/flyway - this image is the basic Flyway command line application, and should be your default choice.
  • flyway/flyway-azure - this image is suitable for use in Azure Pipelines agent jobs.

Supported Tags

The following tags are officially supported:

The flyway-azure image only supports alpine versions.

Supported Volumes

To make it easy to run Flyway the way you want to, the following volumes are supported:

Volume Usage
/flyway/conf Directory containing a flyway.conf configuration file
/flyway/drivers Directory containing the JDBC driver for your database
/flyway/sql The SQL files that you want Flyway to use (for SQL-based migrations)
/flyway/jars The jars files that you want Flyway to use (for Java-based migrations)

Flyway Edition

You can switch between the various Flyway editions by setting the FLYWAY_EDITION environment variable to any of the following values:

Value Description
community Select the Flyway Community Edition (default)
pro Select the Flyway Pro (v6) Edition
enterprise Select the Flyway Enterprise (v6) / Teams (v7) Edition

Getting started

The easiest way to get started is simply to test the default image by running

docker run --rm flyway/flyway

This will give you Flyway Command-line's usage instructions.

To do anything useful however, you must pass the arguments that you need to the image. For example:

docker run --rm flyway/flyway -url=jdbc:h2:mem:test -user=sa info

Note that the syntax for flyway/flyway-azure is slightly different in order to be compatible with Azure Pipelines agent job requirements. As it does not define an entrypoint, you need to explicitly add the flyway command. For example:

docker run --rm flyway/flyway-azure:latest-alpine flyway

Adding SQL files

To add your own SQL files, place them in a directory and mount it as the flyway/sql volume.


Create a new directory and add a file named V1__Initial.sql with following contents:

    MyColumn VARCHAR(100) NOT NULL

Now run the image with the volume mapped:

docker run --rm -v /absolute/path/to/my/sqldir:/flyway/sql flyway/flyway -url=jdbc:h2:mem:test -user=sa migrate

Adding a config file

If you prefer to store those arguments in a config file you can also do so using the flyway/conf volume.


Create a file named flyway.conf with the following contents:


Now run the image with that volume mapped as well:

docker run --rm -v /absolute/path/to/my/sqldir:/flyway/sql -v /absolute/path/to/my/confdir:/flyway/conf flyway/flyway migrate

Adding a JDBC driver

Flyway ships by default with drivers for

  • Aurora MySQL
  • Aurora PostgreSQL
  • CockroachDB
  • Derby
  • Firebird
  • H2
  • MariaDB
  • MySQL
  • Percona XtraDB Cluster
  • PostgreSQL
  • SQL Server
  • SQLite
  • Sybase ASE

If your database is not in this list, or if you want to ship a different or newer driver than the one included you can do so using the flyway/drivers volume.


Create a directory and drop for example the Oracle JDBC driver (ojdbc8.jar) in there.

You can now let Flyway make use of it my mapping that volume as well:

docker run --rm -v /absolute/path/to/my/sqldir:/flyway/sql -v /absolute/path/to/my/confdir:/flyway/conf -v /absolute/path/to/my/driverdir:/flyway/drivers flyway/flyway migrate

Adding Java-based migrations and callbacks

To pass in Java-based migrations and callbacks you can use the flyway/jars volume.


Create a directory and drop for a jar with your Java-based migrations in there.

You can now let Flyway make use of it my mapping that volume as well:

docker run --rm -v /absolute/path/to/my/sqldir:/flyway/sql -v /absolute/path/to/my/confdir:/flyway/conf -v /absolute/path/to/my/jardir:/flyway/jars flyway/flyway migrate

Docker Compose

To run both Flyway and the database that will be migrated in containers, you can use a docker-compose.yml file that starts and links both containers.


version: '3'
    image: flyway/flyway
    command: -url=jdbc:mysql://db -schemas=myschema -user=root [email protected] -connectRetries=60 migrate
      - .:/flyway/sql
      - db
    image: mysql
      - [email protected]
    command: --character-set-server=utf8mb4 --collation-server=utf8mb4_unicode_ci
      - 3306:3306

Run docker-compose up, this will start both Flyway and MySQL. Flyway will automatically wait for up to one minute for MySQL to be initialized before it begins to migrate the database.

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