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2018 XML Announcement

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.


<createTable tableName="${table.name}">
     <column name="id" type="int"/>
     <column name="${column1.name}" type="varchar(${column1.length})"/>
     <column name="${column2.name}" type="int"/>
        xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.liquibase.org/xml/ns/dbchangelog http://www.liquibase.org/xml/ns/dbchangelog/dbchangelog-2.0.xsd
        http://www.liquibase.org/xml/ns/dbchangelog-ext http://www.liquibase.org/xml/ns/dbchangelog/dbchangelog-ext.xsd">

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

    <changeSet id="1" author="joe">
         <createTable tableName="${table.name}">
             <column name="id" type="int"/>
             <column name="${column1.name}" type="${clob.type}"/>
             <column name="${column2.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.
dbmsDatabase types given as comma separated list.


    <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"/>

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