The future-rollback-count-sql command generates the SQL that Liquibase would use to sequentially revert the number of changes associated with undeployed changesets, which are added to a changelog file.


The future-rollback-count-sql command is typically used to inspect the SQL before rolling back the number of changesets that you have not deployed to your database but added to your changelog. The command shows the output starting with the most recent changes until the value specified is reached.

It is best practice to inspect SQL, which Liquibase would run when using the rollback command so you can review any changes the command would make to your database.

Running the future-rollback-count-sql command

To run the future-rollback-count-sql command, specify the driver, classpath, and URL in the Liquibase properties file. For more information, see Specifying Properties in a Connection Profile. You can also specify these properties in your command line.

Then run the future-rollback-count-sql command:

liquibase --changelog-file=dbchangelog.xml future-rollback-count-sql 2

Note: Enter the name of the changelog and the number of changesets you want to use in place of dbchangelog.xml and 2.

future-rollback-count-sql global attributes

Tip: All commands and parameters use the --kebab-case format in the CLI environment. This is the format Liquibase recommends for best results. If your preference is camelCase, it will still work in the CLI.

Attribute Definition Requirement
--changelog-file The root changelog Required
--url The JDBC database connection URL Required
--username The database username Required
--password The database password Required
--output-file* The file path to where the rollback SQL will be written Optional

* If not specified, the future-rollback-count-sql output goes to STDOUT.

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

future-rollback-count-sql command attributes

Attribute Definition Requirement
<value> The integer indicating the number of changes Liquibase would use to roll back Required

future-rollback-count-sql example output

When successful, the future-rollback-count-sql command produces the following output:

-- *********************************************************************
-- SQL to roll back currently unexecuted changes
-- *********************************************************************
-- Change Log: dbchangelog.xml
-- Ran at: 3/11/21 1:02 PM
-- Against: SCHEMA1@jdbc:oracle:thin:@localhost:1521:ORCL
-- Liquibase version: 4.1.1
-- *********************************************************************
-- Lock Database
LOCKGRANTED = TO_TIMESTAMP('2021-03-11 13:02:26.103', 'YYYY-MM-DD HH24:MI:SS.FF') WHERE ID = 1 AND LOCKED = 0;
-- Rolling Back ChangeSet: dbchangelog.xml::89::liquibase
DROP TABLE SCHEMA1.table34558223;
-- Rolling Back ChangeSet: dbchangelog.xml::88::liquibase
DROP TABLE SCHEMA1.table3455822;