Using Liquibase with MySQL

MySQL is a fast, multi-user SQL database service. MySQL Server is intended for mission-critical, heavy-load production systems as well as for embedding into mass-deployed software.

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

Supported Versions

  • 8.0 – officially certified (V4.2+) and tested with Test Harness
  • 5.7 – officially certified (V4.2+) and tested with Test Harness
  • 5.6 – community and Test Harness tested
  • 5.5 – community tested


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

Driver Information

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

  1. Ensure you have downloaded the MySQL JDBC Driver to connect to MySQL.
  2. Place the mysql-connector-java-version.jar file in the liquibase/lib directory.

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

If you use Maven, you also need to download the MySQL 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 MySQL to work, you need to:

  1. Ensure your MySQL is configured. You can check the status by running:
  • The sudo service mysql status command for Linux.
  • The net start MySQL or services.msc command for Windows. The services.msc command will open a new window and display the list of services available on your system. Find MySQL and check the status column. You can also run mysql -u root -p to see if MySQL works.
  1. Specify the database URL in your file:
  2. url: jdbc:mysql://<servername>:<port>/<dbname>

    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>.

  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 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. 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 Supported calculateCheckSum <id> Supported
addCheckConstraint Not 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 Not 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 Not Supported generateChangeLog Supported
createSynonym Not Supported help Supported
createTable Supported history Supported
createTrigger Supported listLocks Supported
createView Supported markNextChangeSetRan Supported
customChange Supported markNextChangeSetRanSQL Supported
delete Supported registerChangeLog Supported
disableCheckConstraint Not Supported releaseLocks Supported
disableTrigger Not Supported rollback <tag> Supported
dropAllForeignKeyConstraints Supported rollbackCount <value> Supported
dropCheckConstraint Not 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 Not Supported syncHub Supported
dropSynonym Not 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 Not Supported updateCountSQL <value> Supported
enableTrigger Not 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 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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