Maven validate

The validate goal checks and identifies any possible errors in a changelog file that may cause the update goal to fail.


Use the validate goal to detect if there are any issues with your changelog file before running the update goal. Validation helps you avoid a partial update, where only some changesets are applied due to an error in the changelog file.

The validate goal is to ensure:

  • The XML, YAML, JSON, or formatted SQL is structured correctly
  • Referenced files can be found
  • Any required or prohibited attributes are correct to your database
  • There are no duplicated id, author, and file combinations
  • There are no checksum errors

Note: The validate goal only looks for possible errors in the changelog, it does not check for possible errors that might result from applying the changes to a specific database.

Maven configuration

You can configure Liquibase Maven in multiple ways. One way is to define your Liquibase configuration properties in the pom.xml file. To configure the pom.xml file, refer to Configuring Liquibase Attributes in your Maven POM File.

Tip: The Liquibase properties file and environment variables are the alternative options for Liquibase configuration. For more information about the Maven configuration, see Configuring Maven.

Running the validate Maven goal

Running the validate goal requires you to have a Maven project implemented with the changelog parameter specified.

Note: To include the changelog parameter to the pom.xml file, add <changeLogFile>your changelog file</changeLogFile>. Another option is to specify the parameter in the Liquibase properties file that is reference from pom.xml. Otherwise, specify the changelog at the command prompt.

To run the goal, type the following at your command prompt:

mvn liquibase:validate

validate Maven configuration attributes

Attribute Definition

Specifies the path to the directory where Liquibase can find your changelog file.


The changelog file for Liquibase to use.


Specifies the catalog Liquibase will use to create your changelog tables.


Specifies the schema Liquibase will use to create your changelog tables.


Boolean. Forces checksums to be cleared from the DATABASECHANGELOG table. Default value is: false.


Specifies which contexts Liquibase will execute, which can be separated by a comma if multiple contexts are required. If a context is not specified, then all contexts will be executed.


Specifies the table name to use for the DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK table.


Specifies the table name to use for the DATABASECHANGELOG table.


Specifies the database object class.


Specifies the default catalog name to use for the database connection.


Specifies the default schema name to use for the database connection.


Specifies the driver class name to use for the database connection.


Specifies the location of a JDBC connection properties file which contains properties the driver will use.


Deprecated. Boolean. Use an empty or null value for the password instead. Default value is: false.


Specifies a map-based collection of changelog properties to apply.


Specifies a property-based collection of changelog properties to apply.


Boolean. Includes a Maven project artifact in the class loader, which obtains the Liquibase properties file and changelog files. Default value is true.


Boolean. Includes the Maven test output directory in the class loader which obtains the Liquibase properties file and changelog files. Default value is true.


Specifies which labels Liquibase runs, and which can be separated by a comma if multiple labels are required or you need to designate a more complex expression. If no label is specified, then all labels are run.


Specifies your Liquibase Pro license key.


Boolean. Specifies whether to ignore the catalog or database name. Default value is: false.


Boolean. Specifies whether to ignore the schema name. Default value is: false.


Specifies the database password for the database connection.


Specifies the Liquibase properties file to use for configuration, like


Boolean. Indicates that you want the file to override any settings provided in the Maven plugin configuration. By default, if a property is explicitly specified, it is not overridden if it also appears in the properties file. Default value is: false.


Specifies the property provider, which must be a java.util.Properties implementation.


Specifies the server ID in the Maven settings.xml to use when authenticating.


Boolean. Specifies whether to skip running Liquibase. The use of this attribute is not recommended but can be used when needed. Default value is: false.


Specifies a list of system properties you want to pass to the database.


Specifies the database URL you want to use to execute Liquibase.


Specifies the database username for the database connection.


Boolean. Controls the amount of output detail when you call the plugin. Default value is: false.