The updateCount command sequentially updates a specified number of changesets on your database.


The updateCount command is mainly used when you want to apply changes and update changesets sequentially, starting with the changesets from the top of the changelog file until the number specified is reached.

The image below shows four changesets: changeset a, changeset b, changeset c, and changeset d. As you can see, changeset a is already deployed on the database. So, running the command updateCount 2, deploys changeset b and c without applying changeset d.

Additionally, the best practice is to run the updateCountSQL helper command because it allows you to inspect the updateCount SQL, so you can correct any issues that may arise before running the command.

Running the updateCount command

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

Then run the updateCount command:

liquibase --changeLogFile=myChangelog.xml updateCount 2

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

updateCount global attributes

Attribute Definition Requirement
--changeLogFile * The root changelog Required
--url The JDBC database connection URL Required
--username The database username Required
--password The database password Required

* Liquibase will check nested changelogs for definitions of the changesets to update.

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

updateCount command attributes

Attribute Definition Requirement
<value> The integer indicating the number of changes you want to update Required