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Heroku Postgres vs Liquibase: What are the differences?

What is Heroku Postgres? Heroku's Database-as-a-Service. Based on the most powerful open-source database, PostgreSQL. Heroku Postgres provides a SQL database-as-a-service that lets you focus on building your application instead of messing around with database management.

What is Liquibase? Source control for your database. Developers store database changes in text-based files on their local development machines and apply them to their local databases. Changelog files can be be arbitrarily nested for better management.

Heroku Postgres and Liquibase are primarily classified as "PostgreSQL as a Service" and "Database" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Heroku Postgres are:

  • High Availability
  • Rollback
  • Dataclips

On the other hand, Liquibase provides the following key features:

  • Supports code branching and merging
  • Supports multiple developers
  • Supports multiple database types

"Easy to setup" is the primary reason why developers consider Heroku Postgres over the competitors, whereas "Great database tool" was stated as the key factor in picking Liquibase.

Liquibase is an open source tool with 1.78K GitHub stars and 1.08K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Liquibase's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Heroku Postgres has a broader approval, being mentioned in 74 company stacks & 38 developers stacks; compared to Liquibase, which is listed in 15 company stacks and 12 developer stacks.

Advice on Heroku Postgres and Liquibase

Considering moving part of our PostgreSQL database infrastructure to the cloud, however, not quite sure between AWS, Heroku, Azure and Google cloud. Things to consider: The main reason is for backing up and centralize all our data in the cloud. With that in mind the main elements are: -Pricing for storage. -Small team. -No need for high throughput. -Support for docker swarm and Kubernetes.

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David Weinberg

Good balance between easy to manage, pricing, docs and features.

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Max Musing
Founder & CEO at BaseDash · | 1 upvotes · 36.6K views

DigitalOcean's offering is pretty solid. Easy to scale, great UI, automatic daily backups, decent pricing.

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Pros of Heroku Postgres
Pros of Liquibase
  • 29
    Easy to setup
  • 3
    Follower databases
  • 3
    Dataclips for sharing queries
  • 3
    Extremely reliable
  • 18
    Great database tool
  • 17
    Many DBs supported
  • 11
    Easy setup
  • 7
    Database independent migration scripts
  • 5
    Unique open source tool
  • 4
    Database version controller
  • 2
    Precondition checking
  • 1
    Supports NoSQL and Graph DBs

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Cons of Heroku Postgres
Cons of Liquibase
  • 2
    Super expensive
  • 4
    Documentation is disorganized
  • 4
    No vendor specifics in XML format - needs workarounds

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What is Heroku Postgres?

Heroku Postgres provides a SQL database-as-a-service that lets you focus on building your application instead of messing around with database management.

What is Liquibase?

Liquibase is th 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.

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What are some alternatives to Heroku Postgres and Liquibase?
MongoDB stores data in JSON-like documents that can vary in structure, offering a dynamic, flexible schema. MongoDB was also designed for high availability and scalability, with built-in replication and auto-sharding.
ClearDB uses a combination of advanced replication techniques, advanced cluster technology, and layered web services to provide you with a MySQL database that is "smarter" than usual.
Heroku is a cloud application platform – a new way of building and deploying web apps. Heroku lets app developers spend 100% of their time on their application code, not managing servers, deployment, ongoing operations, or scaling.
Google Cloud SQL
Run the same relational databases you know with their rich extension collections, configuration flags and developer ecosystem, but without the hassle of self management.
Heroku Redis
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