The liquibase-schema-name global parameter is a string that specifies the schema to use for the creation of Liquibase objects, like the DATABASECHANGELOG and DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK tracking tables.


If you are working in a multi-schema project, you can use liquibase-schema-name to separate the DATABASECHANGELOG and DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK tables from other Liquibase objects. This way, you will have a tracking schema and one or more managed schemas.

If you need to work in a test schema for your project, you can set liquibase-schema-name to control where Liquibase looks for the tracking tables during test runs.

Setting the liquibase-schema-name parameter

You can set liquibase-schema-name in four ways:

  • In the Liquibase properties file
  • As a global parameter in the CLI
  • As a JVM system property
  • As an environment variable (Liquibase Pro)

Liquibase properties file parameter

In Liquibase 4.1+, add the following to Liquibase properties file:

liquibase.liquibaseSchemaName: <string>

CLI global parameter

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.

In your command line, use a global parameter with a single Liquibase command:

liquibase --liquibase-schema-name=<string> update --changelog-file=dbchangelog.xml

Java system property

In your command line, use the JAVA_OPTS Environment Variable to set a JVM system property:

Mac/Linux syntax:


Windows syntax:

set JAVA_OPTS=-Dliquibase.liquibaseSchemaName=<string>

Note: To use a Liquibase command alongside JAVA_OPTS, add && liquibase <command> to the end of your input.

Environment variable (Liquibase Pro)

In Liquibase Pro, set an environment variable:

Mac/Linux syntax:


Windows syntax:


Note: These environment variable commands only apply to the current shell. If you need to pass an environment variable to a child process without affecting the parent process, you can use the export command on Mac/Linux or the setx command on Windows.

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