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Your First Migration with SQL Scripts

Step 1: Create an SQL Folder

To complete your first migration, you must create an SQL folder in your Liquibase project folder. The SQL folder is where you will place all your SQL scripts that Liquibase will use to track, version, and deploy changes to your database.

Step 2: Create or Generate a Changelog

To use SQL scripts, you must also have a database changelog file. While the SQL script defines all your database changes, Liquibase still requires the use of a changelog to tell it where your scripts are located. While you can use XML, JSON, YAML or formatted SQL in your changelog, for this example we will use XML.

Creating Changelog Files Manually

  1. Create a file in your liquibase project directory called myChangeLog.xml
  2. For this example, enter the following information into the myChangeLog.xml file:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>


When you have completed your work, save your file.

Generating Changelog Files

If you have an existing database, you can generate a changelog file that reflects the current state of your database. For more information on how to generate a changelog, visit the Liquibase Commands: generateChangelog topic, and read the article on adding Liquibase on an existing project.

Step 3: Configure your Changelog

To run SQL scripts, you must tell Liquibase where your SQL scripts are located. To configure your changelog, use the includeAll tag to point Liquibase to the correct folder.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

  <includeAll path="sql"/>

Step 4: Add an SQL Script to the SQL Folder

To add SQL scripts to your SQL folder:

  1. In your SQL folder, create a .sql file
  2. For this example, enter the following information:
create table PERSON (
    ID int not null,
    FNAME varchar(100) not null

When you have completed your work, save your file.

Step 5: Deploy Your Script

Once your changelog is created and configured, and your SQL scripts are added, you are ready to deploy your script.

To Deploy your Script:

  1. Open your terminal.
  2. Run one of the following commands:
    • Linux/Unix/Mac: LB_HOME/liquibase update
    • Windows: LB_HOME\liquibase.bat update

Note: In place of LB_HOME use the folder name where you extracted liquibase.

Your database now contains a table called PERSON.

Step 6: Check Your Database

To check your database:

  1. Open your terminal.
  2. Navigate to the folder where you placed your driver jar.
  3. Run: java -jar (driver-version.jar)

Note: Where (driver-version.jar) is listed, enter your driver name and version number. Example:
java -jar h2-1.4.199.jar.

If you used a file, enter the JDBC URL, User Name, and Password. Notice that two tables were created:


The DATABASECHANGELOG table contains a list of all the changes that have been run against the database. The DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK table is used to make sure two machines don’t attempt to modify the database at the same time.

View DATABASECHANGELOG Table and DATABASECHANGELOGLOCK Table topics for more information.


In this tutorial we covered:

  • Creating/Generating Changelogs
  • Adding Changesets to your Changelog
  • Running your Changelog
  • Checking your Database

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