Using Liquibase with CockroachDB

CockroachDB is a distributed database with standard SQL for cloud applications. You can run CockroachDB on your local machine or use a cloud cluster.

Note: For more information, see the CockroachDB documentation page.

Supported Versions

  • 20.1
  • 20.2

Driver Information

To use Liquibase and CockroachDB, you need to have the JDBC jar file:

  1. Ensure you downloaded the PostgreSQL JDBC jar driver file to connect to CockroachDB.
  2. Place your postgresql-version.jar file in the liquibase/lib directory.

Note: If you put the postgresql-version.jar file in any other directory, specify the path to it in the file: classpath:../path_to_drivers/postgresql-version.jar. For more information, see Creating and configuring a file.

If you use Maven, you also need to download the PostgreSQL JDBC driver and put the driver in a location that your Maven build can access. Configure the Maven pom.xml file to use the local copy of the driver jar file. For example:


Testing Your Connection

For Liquibase and CockroachDB to work, you need to:

  1. Ensure your CockroachDB is configured. You can check its status depending on your cluster setup. For example, you can check basic network connectivity (ping), port connectivity (telnet), and certificate validity. See the Troubleshoot Cluster Setup for more details.
  2. Generate or check TLS certificates for the user that you created during a secure CockroachDB cluster setup. Use the cockroach cert command to generate the certificates:
  3. cockroach cert create-client user --certs-dir=certs --ca-key=my-safe-directory/ca.key --also-generate-pkcs8-key
  1. Specify the database URL in your file:
  2. CockroachDB on-premises


    When using the CockroachDB on-premises and specifying the URL, enter your IP address or host name, and then the port followed by the database name. The example of the format is: jdbc:postgresql://<IP OR HOSTNAME>:<PORT>/<DATABASE>.

    The SSL connection parameters to the full paths of the certificates that you generated are optional. A key in PKCS#8 format is the standard key encoding format in Java. As an alternative, you can use the URL without SSL connection parameters by specifying the username and password attributes:

    url: jdbc:postgresql://localhost:26257/dev
    username: root
    password: password

    CockroachDB cloud

    url: jdbc:postgresql://

    When using the CockroachCloud instance and specifying URL, enter a global host name and the port 26257 by referring to the CockroachCloud website. Also, add the database name with the SSL mode and the path to the CA certificate to your URL.

    Tip: If you already have a Liquibase Pro key and want to apply it to your project, add the following property to your file: liquibaseProLicenseKey: <paste license key>.

  1. Create a text file called changelog (.xml, .sql, .json, or .yaml), add a changeset, and run your first update with the Liquibase update command, which will make changes to the database.

Note: CockroachDB has limited support for online schema changes in transactions. To avoid issues with incomplete transactions, you can set the runInTransaction attribute to false. However, take into account that if this attribute is set to false and an error occurs part way through running a changeset that contains multiple statements, the Liquibase DATABASECHANGELOG table will be left in an invalid state.

  1. Run liquibase --changeLogFile=mychangelog.xml status to see whether the connection is successful.
  2. Note: Enter the name of the changelog you want to use in place of changelog.xml. You can also add the changeLogFile attribute to your file.

After your first update, you will see a new table along with the DATABASECHANGELOG and DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK tables added to the database:

  • DATABASECHANGELOG tracking table. This table keeps a record of all the changesets that were deployed. When you deploy, the changesets in the changelog are compared with the DATABASECHANGELOG tracking table, and only the new changesets that were not found in the DATABASECHANGELOG will be deployed.
  • DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK tracking table. This table is used internally by Liquibase to manage access to the DATABASECHANGELOG table during deployment and ensure only one instance of Liquibase is updating the database at a time, whether that is creating, updating or deleting changes.

Supported Commands and Change Types

Change Type Supported Command Supported
addAutoIncrement Supported calculateCheckSum <id> Supported
addCheckConstraint Supported changelogSync Supported
addColumn Supported changelogSyncSQL Supported
addDefaultValue Supported changelogSyncToTag Supported
addForeignKeyConstraint Supported changelogSyncToTagSQL Supported
addLookupTable Supported clearCheckSums Supported
addNotNullConstraint Supported dbDoc Supported
addPrimaryKey Supported deactivateChangeLog Supported
addUniqueConstraint Supported diff Supported
alterSequence Supported diff JSON Supported
createFunction Supported diffChangeLog Supported
createIndex Supported dropAll Supported
createPackage Supported futureRollbackSQL Supported
createPackageBody Supported futureRollbackCountSQL <value> Supported
createProcedure Supported generateChangeLog Supported
createSequence Supported help Supported
createSynonym Supported history Supported
createTable Supported listLocks Supported
createTrigger Supported markNextChangeSetRan Supported
createView Supported markNextChangeSetRanSQL Supported
customChange Supported registerChangeLog Supported
delete Supported releaseLocks Supported
disableCheckConstraint Supported rollback <tag> Supported
disableTrigger Supported rollbackCount <value> Supported
dropAllForeignKeyConstraints Supported rollbackCountSQL <value> Supported
dropCheckConstraint Supported rollbackOneChangeSet Supported
dropColumn Supported rollbackOneChangeSetSQL Supported
dropDefaultValue Supported rollbackOneUpdate Supported
dropForeignKeyConstraint Supported rollbackOneUpdateSQL Supported
dropFunction Supported rollbackSQL <tag> Supported
dropIndex Supported rollbackToDate Supported
dropNotNullConstraint Supported rollbackToDateSQL Supported
dropPackage Supported snapshot Supported
dropPackageBody Supported snapshotReference Supported
dropPrimaryKey Supported status --verbose Supported
dropProcedure Supported syncHub Supported
dropSequence Supported tag <tag string> Supported
dropSynonym Supported tagExists <tag string> Supported
dropTable Supported unexpectedChangeSets Supported
dropTrigger Supported update Supported
dropUniqueConstraint Supported updateSQL Supported
dropView Supported updateCount <value> Supported
empty Supported updateCountSQL <value> Supported
enableCheckConstraint Supported updateTestingRollback Supported
enableTrigger Supported updateToTag <tag> Supported
executeCommand Supported updateToTagSQL <tag> Supported
insert Supported validate Supported
loadData Supported    
loadUpdateData Supported    
markUnused Supported    
mergeColumns Supported    
modifyDataType Supported    
output Supported    
renameColumn Supported    
renameSequence Supported    
renameTable Supported    
renameTrigger Supported    
renameView Supported    
setColumnRemarks Supported    
setTableRemarks Supported    
sql Supported    
sqlFile Supported    
stop Supported    
tagDatabase Supported    
update Supported    

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