Using Liquibase with AWS Redshift

Amazon Web Services Redshift is a fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service in the cloud. An AWS Redshift data warehouse is a collection of computing resources called nodes. The nodes are organized into a group called a cluster. Each cluster runs an AWS Redshift engine and contains one or more databases. For more information, see the Amazon Redshift documentation page.

Supported versions

  • 3.0.28

Verification level

Compatible: This database is widely reported by the community to work with Liquibase. Automated testing may verify partial Liquibase Open Source and Liquibase Pro functionality. The Liquibase support team provides best-effort usage support to Commercial users.

Note: A database's verification level indicates how well it works with different features in Liquibase and across different products, such as Liquibase Open Source and Liquibase Pro. For more information, see Liquibase Database Tutorials.


Install drivers

To use Liquibase and AWS Redshift, you need two jar files: JDBC and the Liquibase Redshift extension:

  1. Download the Amazon Redshift JDBC 4.2–compatible driver (without the AWS SDK) from Amazon or Maven. If you use the Amazon Redshift JDBC driver for database authentication, ensure you have AWS SDK for Java 1.11.118 or later in your Java class path. If you don't have AWS SDK for Java installed, download the ZIP file with the JDBC 4.2–compatible driver (without the AWS SDK) and driver dependent libraries for the AWS SDK: redshift-jdbc<version>.jar.
  2. Go to the liquibase-redshift repository and download the latest released Liquibase extension liquibase-redshift-<version>.jar file.

Place your JAR file(s) in the liquibase/lib directory. Read more: Adding and Updating Liquibase Drivers.

If you use Maven, you must include the driver JAR as a dependency in your pom.xml file. Read more: Configuring Liquibase Attributes in your Maven POM File.


Make sure that the Liquibase plugin and the extension have the same version.

Test your connection

  1. Ensure your AWS Redshift database is configured. You can check the connection to an Amazon Redshift cluster.
  2. Specify the database URL in the Liquibase properties file. Liquibase does not parse the URL. You can either specify the full database connection string or specify the URL using your database's standard JDBC format:
  3. url: jdbc:redshift://endpoint:port/database

    Example: url: jdbc:redshift://<cluster-identifier>

    Note: To get your JDBC connection, see Finding your cluster connection string.

    Tip: To apply a Liquibase Pro key to your project, add the following property to the Liquibase properties file: liquibaseProLicenseKey: <paste code here>

  1. Create a text file called changelog (.xml, .sql, .json, or .yaml) in your project directory and add a changeset.
  2. Navigate to your project folder in the CLI and run the Liquibase status command to see whether the connection is successful:
  3. liquibase --username=test --password=test --changelog-file=<changelog.xml> status

    Note: You can pass arguments in the CLI or keep them in the Liquibase properties file.

  4. Inspect the SQL with the update-sql command. Then make changes to your database with the update command.
  5. liquibase --changelog-file=<changelog.xml> update-sql
    liquibase --changelog-file=<changelog.xml> update
  6. From a database UI tool, ensure that your database contains the test_table you added along with the DATABASECHANGELOG table and DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK table.

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