Using Liquibase with MariaDB, skySQL, or MariaDB AWS RDS

MariaDB delivers operational agility with key enterprise features, including real ACID compliance and full SQL. It provides two solutions:

  • MariaDB Platform, which includes an open-source database solution—MariaDB Server along with Xpand, ColumnStore, and MaxScale.
  • MariaDB Cloud (or MariaDB SkySQL), which is a cloud database service (DBaaS) that delivers MariaDB Platform on the expert-maintained cloud infrastructure from MariaDB Corporation.

You can also use MariaDB on Amazon RDS.

Note: For more information, see the MariaDB Knowledge Base.

Supported Versions

  • 10.3
  • 10.4
  • 10.5

Note: The supported versions are the versions that were tested with Liquibase Test Harness.


Before using Liquibase and MariaDB, ensure you have completed the following:

Driver Information

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

  1. Ensure you downloaded the MariaDB Connector/J jar driver file to connect to MariaDB. To download the driver file, select Download MariaDB Connector/J. Once you open the download page, you need to select Java 8 Connector in the Product dropdown.
  2. Place your mariadb-java-client-version.jar file in the liquibase/lib directory.

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

If you use Maven, you also need to download the MariaDB driver jar file 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 MariaDB to work, you need to:

  1. Ensure your MariaDB is configured. See the following:
  1. Specify the database URL in the file or as a parameter to the command in the CLI. See the following:
  1. Create a text file called changelog (.xml, .sql, .json, or .yaml) in your project directory and add a changeset.
  1. Run the status command to see whether the connection is successful. Specify the name of the changelog you created in place of changelog.xml. Also, to run Liquibase commands, you need to specify your username and password in the file or on the command line. However, the username and password attributes are not required for connections and systems which use alternate means of authentication.
  2. liquibase --username=test --password=test --changeLogFile=changelog.xml status

    Note: Alternatively, you can add the changeLogFile attribute to your file.

  1. Run your first update with the Liquibase update command, which will make changes to your database:
  2. liquibase --changeLogFile=changelog.xml update

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

  • DATABASECHANGELOG 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 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.

MariaDB Server

  • Check the status of the database by running the SHOW [GLOBAL | SESSION] STATUS command.
  • Specify the database URL in the file as follows:
  • url: jdbc:mariadb://<host>:<port>/<dbname>

MariaDB on AWS RDS

  • Check the connection by using the mysql utility and running the following:
  • mysql -h <endpoint> -P 3306 -u <mymasteruser> -p

    Note: The alternative way is to connect with the SSL certificate.

    You can find the connection information in the AWS Management Console:

    1. Open the Amazon RDS console
    2. Select Databases and choose the needed database
    3. Select Connectivity & security. You will see all information under Endpoint & Port.

    To find the connection information using the AWS CLI and RDS API, refer to the Connecting to a DB instance running the MariaDB database engine documentation.

  • Specify the database URL in the file as follows:
  • url: jdbc:mariadb://<endpoint>:<port>/<dbname>

    Example: url:jdbc:mariadb://

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 Not Supported history Supported
createTable Supported listLocks Supported
createTrigger Supported markNextChangeSetRan Supported
createView Supported markNextChangeSetRanSQL Supported
customChange Supported registerChangeLog Supported
delete Supported releaseLocks Supported
disableCheckConstraint Not Supported rollback <tag> Supported
disableTrigger Not 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 Not 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 Not Supported updateTestingRollback Supported
enableTrigger Not Supported updateToTag <tag> Supported
executeCommand Supported updateToTagSQL <tag> Supported
insert Supported validate Supported
loadData Supported    
loadUpdateData Supported    
markUnused Not Supported    
mergeColumns Supported    
modifyDataType Supported    
output Supported    
renameColumn Supported    
renameSequence Not Supported    
renameTable Supported    
renameTrigger Not Supported    
renameView Supported    
setColumnRemarks Supported    
setTableRemarks Supported    
sql Supported    
sqlFile Supported    
stop Supported    
tagDatabase Supported    
update Supported    

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