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What is Liquibase?

Liquibase is a leading open-source tool for database schema change management. Liquibase helps teams track, version, and deploy database schema and logic changes so they can automate their database code process with their app code process.
Liquibase is a tool in the Database Tools category of a tech stack.
Liquibase is an open source tool with 2.1K GitHub stars and 1.2K GitHub forks. Here鈥檚 a link to Liquibase's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Liquibase?

Companies
32 companies reportedly use Liquibase in their tech stacks, including CTT, Appian, and all.

Developers
126 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Liquibase.

Liquibase Integrations

MySQL, PostgreSQL, Jenkins, Spring Boot, and Microsoft SQL Server are some of the popular tools that integrate with Liquibase. Here's a list of all 18 tools that integrate with Liquibase.
Public Decisions about Liquibase

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Liquibase in their tech stack.

Miguel Suarez
Miguel Suarez
Lead Developer | 9 upvotes 310.8K views

Flyway vs Liquibase #Migration #Backwards-compatible

We were looking for a tool to help us integrating the migration scripts as part of our Deployment. At first sight both tools look very alike, are well integrated with Spring, have a fairly frequent development activity and short release cycles.

Liquibase puts a lot of emphasis on independence with the DB, allowing you to create the scripts on formats like JSON and YML, abstracting away from SQL, which it's also supported. Since we only work with one DB type across services we wouldn't take much advantage of this feature.

Flyway on the other hand has the advantage on being actively working on the integration with PostgreSQL 11, for it's upcoming version 6. Provides a more extensive set of properties that allow us to define what's allowed on what's not on each different environment.

Instead of looking for a tool that will allow us to rollback our DB changes automatically, we decided to implement backwards-compatible DB changes, for example adding a new column instead of renaming an existing one, postponing the deletion of the deprecated column until the release has been successfully installed.

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Liquibase's Features

  • Supports code branching and merging
  • Supports multiple developers
  • Supports multiple database types
  • Supports XML, YAML, JSON and SQL formats
  • Supports context-dependent logic
  • Cluster-safe database upgrades
  • Generate Database change documentation
  • Rollbacks
  • Generate Database "diff's"
  • Run through your build process, embedded in your application or on demand
  • Automatically generate SQL scripts for DBA code review
  • Does not require a live database connection
  • Stored logic

Liquibase Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Liquibase?
Flyway
It lets you regain control of your database migrations with pleasure and plain sql. Solves only one problem and solves it well. It migrates your database, so you don't have to worry about it anymore.
Hibernate
Hibernate is a suite of open source projects around domain models. The flagship project is Hibernate ORM, the Object Relational Mapper.
Sqitch
It is a standalone change management system with no opinions about your database engine, application framework, or development environment. Native scripting. Changes are implemented as scripts native to your selected database engine.
Slick
It is a modern database query and access library for Scala. It allows you to work with stored data almost as if you were using Scala collections while at the same time giving you full control over when a database access happens and which data is transferred.
Sequel Pro
Sequel Pro is a fast, easy-to-use Mac database management application for working with MySQL databases.
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