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Change Log Parameters

Since Liquibase 1.7

Liquibase allows dynamic substitution of parameters in a changelog. The parameters to replace are described using the ${} syntax.

Configuring parameter values

Parameter values are looked up in the following order:

  • Passed as a parameter to your Liquibase runner (see Ant, command_line, etc. documentation for how to pass them)
  • As a JVM system property
  • In the parameters block (<property> Tag) of the DatabaseChangeLog file itself
  • As an environment variable


<createTable tableName="${}">
     <column name="id" type="int"/>
     <column name="${}" type="varchar(${column1.length})"/>
     <column name="${}" type="int"/>

    <property name="clob.type" value="clob" dbms="oracle"/>
    <property name="clob.type" value="longtext" dbms="mysql"/>

    <changeSet id="1" author="joe">
         <createTable tableName="${}">
             <column name="id" type="int"/>
             <column name="${}" type="${clob.type}"/>
             <column name="${}" type="int"/>


Defines a parameter for the changelog. Given a list of contexts and/or databases, the parameter will be only used in those contexts and/or databases.

Available Attributes

nameName of the table's schema required
valueName of the column's table required
contextContexts given as comma separated list.
dbmsThe type of a database which that changeSet is to be used for. When the migration step is running, it checks the database type against this attribute. Valid database type names are listed on the supported databases page. It is possible to list multiple databases separated by commas. You can also specify that a changeset is NOT applicable to a particular database type by prefixing with
. The keywords
are also available.
globalDefines whether the property is global or limited to a databaseChangeLog. Given as "true" or "false".


    <property name="simpleproperty" value="somevalue"/>
    <property name="clob.type" value="clob" dbms="oracle,h2"/>
    <property name="clob.type" value="longtext" dbms="mysql"/>
    <property name="myproperty" value="yes" context="common,test"/>
    <property name="localproperty" value="foo" global="false"/>