PostgreSQL: "java.sql.SQLException: No suitable driver found"

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JIRA setup wizard in browser throws "No suitable driver found" error when attempting to connect to PostgreSQL database


There are two possible causes for this error.

  1. JDBC driver is not loaded:

    Ensure that the PostgreSQL driver is located in the correct directory which should be in "JIRA Install/lib".Usually this is not an issue as the driver is bundled along with JIRA. 

  2. JDBC URL is in wrong syntax:

    Entering the wrong JDBC URL syntax will also throw the same error, as illustrated in this example below where http:// protocol is accidentally specified when copy & pasting the hostname.


Last modified on Jun 2, 2016

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