Using Liquibase with HSQLDB

HyperSQL Database (HSQLDB) is a relational database management system. For more information, see HSQLDB Documentation.

Supported versions

  • 2.7.X
  • 2.6.X
  • 2.5.X
  • 2.4.X
  • 2.3.4


Install drivers

To use Liquibase and HSQLDB, you need the JDBC driver JAR file (Maven download).

The latest version of Liquibase has a pre-installed driver for this database in the liquibase/internal/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.


Test your connection

  1. Ensure your HSQL database is configured. See Running and Using HyperSQL for more information.
  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:hsqldb:hsql://<host>:<port>/<database>

    Note: As an HSQLDB database can be run in two modes—standalone and server—the url property formats differ. The standalone mode runs the database engine as part of your application program, and the software runs in the same local thread. If you use the standalone mode of HSQLDB, follow this format of the url property:


    Tip: To apply a Liquibase Pro key to your project, add the following property to the Liquibase properties file: licenseKey: <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 status --username=test --password=test --changelog-file=<changelog.xml>

    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 update-sql --changelog-file=<changelog.xml>
    liquibase update --changelog-file=<changelog.xml>
  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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