The should-snapshot-data parameter is a Boolean that allows Liquibase to snapshot your database data. The default value is false.


You can use the should-snapshot-data parameter with the generate-changelog command. If you specify shouldSnapshotData=true, the generate-changelog command will include insert statements for the data in your database or <loadData> if the dataDir argument is set.

Note: The diff-changelog command does not compare data and therefore does not generate the data-related changesets, even if you have shouldSnapshotData=true.

Setting the should-snapshot-data parameter

You can set should-snapshot-data 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.shouldSnapshotData: <true|false>

CLI global parameter

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

liquibase --should-snapshot-data=<true|false> generate-changelog --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.shouldSnapshotData=<true|false>

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.