The calculateCheckSum command calculates and prints a checksum for the changeset with the specified id in the following format: filepath::id::author.


The calculateCheckSum command is typically used to compute an MD5 checksum, which serves as a unique identifier for the changeset. As a result, you can see whether the changeset has been changed and whether it has to be deployed differently now.

When running the calculateCheckSum command, the DATABASECHANGELOG table calculates an MD5 checksum for each entry based on the SQL script of the changeset. This checksum helps Liquibase detect differences between the changesets you want to deploy and the changesets that have already been run against the database.

The MD5SUM column in the DATABASECHANGELOG table contains a checksum of the changeset and any change made in the changeset will result in a different checksum.

Running the calculateCheckSum command

To run the calculateCheckSum command, you can specify the driver, classpath, and URL in your file. For more information, see Creating and configuring a file. You can also specify these properties in your command line.

Then run the calculateCheckSum command:

liquibase calculateCheckSum

Note: Enter the name of your changelog, id, and author name that you want to use in place of, myID_123, and Steve. If you use the .sql file, include your database type in place of oracle.

calculateCheckSum global attributes

Attribute Definition Requirement


The root changelog



The JDBC database connection URL



The database username



The database password


Note: The username and password attributes are not required for connections and systems which use alternate means of authentication.

calculateCheckSum command attributes

Attribute Definition Requirement


Tag defined as a number or a descriptive name that is unique to each changeset. Requires the following format for the calculateCheckSum command: filepath::id::author.


calculateCheckSum example output

Liquibase Pro 3.9.0 by Datical licensed to Liquibase Pro Customer until Tue Sep 22 19:00:00 CDT 2020
Liquibase command 'calculateCheckSum' was executed successfully.