Using Liquibase with MSSQL

Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system. SQL Server supports different editions and components that accommodate unique performance and depend on your specific requirements.

Note: For more information, see the SQL Server documentation page.

Supported Versions

  • 2008 – officially certified
  • 2012 – officially certified
  • 2014 – officially certified
  • 2016 – officially certified
  • 2017 – officially supported and tested with Test Harness
  • 2019 – officially supported

Prerequisites

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

Driver Information

To use Liquibase and Microsoft SQL Server, you need to have the JDBC jar file:

  1. Ensure you have downloaded the Microsoft JDBC Driver for SQL Server. The driver downloads as a .zip or .tar.gz file named sqljdbc_<version>.zip or sqljdbc_<version>.tar.gz.
  2. Extract the mssql-jdbc-<version>.jre<version>.jar file and place it in the liquibase/lib directory. The name of the driver jar file indicates the version of Java it supports.

Note: If you put the mssql-jdbc-<version>.jre<version>.jar file in any other directory, specify the path to it in the liquibase.properties file: classpath:../path_to_drivers/mssql-jdbc-<version>.jre<version>.jar. For more information, see Creating and configuring a liquibase.properties file.

If you use Maven, you also need to download the SQL Server 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:

<dependency>
<groupId>com.microsoft.sqlserver</groupId>
<artifactId>mssql-jdbc</artifactId>
<version>9.2.1.jre11</version>
</dependency>

Testing Your Connection

For Liquibase and Microsoft SQL Server to work, you need to:

  1. Ensure your Microsoft SQL Server is configured. You can check the status by using one of a management tool or by running the ping command. Also, you can use the sqlcmd utility and run sqlcmd -SmyServer\instanceName.
  2. Note: Replace myServer\instanceName with the name of the computer and the instance of SQL Server that you want to connect to.

  1. Specify the database URL in your liquibase.properties file:
  2. url: jdbc:sqlserver://<host>:<port>/<dbname>

    Note: Depending on the configuration you use, your URL format may be different. For more information, see Building the Connection URL.

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

  3. 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 liquibase.properties 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 liquibase.properties file.

  1. Run your first update with the Liquibase update command, which will make changes to your database. You can also run the updateSQL command if you want to inspect the SQL before running the update command.
  2. liquibase --changeLogFile=changelog.xml updateSQL
    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.

Supported Commands and Change Types

Change Type Supported Command Supported
addAutoIncrement Not 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 futureRollbackCountSQL <value> Supported
createPackageBody Supported future-rollback-from-tag-sql <tag> Supported
createProcedure Supported futureRollbackSQL Supported
createSequence Supported generateChangeLog Supported
createSynonym Supported help Supported
createTable Supported history Supported
createTrigger Supported listLocks Supported
createView Supported markNextChangeSetRan Supported
customChange Supported markNextChangeSetRanSQL Supported
delete Supported registerChangeLog Supported
disableCheckConstraint Supported releaseLocks Supported
disableTrigger Supported rollback <tag> Supported
dropAllForeignKeyConstraints Supported rollbackCount <value> Supported
dropCheckConstraint Supported rollbackCountSQL <value> Supported
dropColumn Supported rollbackOneChangeSet Supported
dropDefaultValue Supported rollbackOneChangeSetSQL Supported
dropForeignKeyConstraint Supported rollbackOneUpdate Supported
dropFunction Supported rollbackOneUpdateSQL Supported
dropIndex Supported rollbackSQL <tag> Supported
dropNotNullConstraint Supported rollbackToDate Supported
dropPackage Supported rollbackToDateSQL Supported
dropPackageBody Supported snapshot Supported
dropPrimaryKey Supported snapshotReference Supported
dropProcedure Supported status --verbose Supported
dropSequence Supported syncHub Supported
dropSynonym Supported tag <tag string> Supported
dropTable Supported tagExists <tag string> Supported
dropTrigger Supported unexpectedChangeSets Supported
dropUniqueConstraint Supported update Supported
dropView Supported updateSQL Supported
empty Supported updateCount <value> Supported
enableCheckConstraint Supported updateCountSQL <value> Supported
enableTrigger Supported updateTestingRollback Supported
executeCommand Supported updateToTag <tag> Supported
insert Supported updateToTagSQL <tag> Supported
loadData Supported validate Supported
loadUpdateData Supported    
markUnused Not 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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