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Hibernate vs Liquibase: What are the differences?

Hibernate: Idiomatic persistence for Java and relational databases. Hibernate is a suite of open source projects around domain models. The flagship project is Hibernate ORM, the Object Relational Mapper; 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.

Hibernate and Liquibase are primarily classified as "Object Relational Mapper (ORM)" and "Database" tools respectively.

"Easy ORM" is the top reason why over 9 developers like Hibernate, while over 12 developers mention "Great database tool" as the leading cause for choosing 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, Hibernate has a broader approval, being mentioned in 85 company stacks & 72 developers stacks; compared to Liquibase, which is listed in 15 company stacks and 12 developer stacks.

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Pros of Hibernate
Pros of Liquibase
  • 16
    Easy ORM
  • 7
    Easy transaction definition
  • 1
    Is integrated with spring jpa
  • 17
    Great database tool
  • 14
    Many DBs supported
  • 9
    Easy setup
  • 6
    Database independent migration scripts
  • 3
    Database version controller
  • 3
    Unique open source tool
  • 1
    Supports NoSQL and Graph DBs

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Cons of Hibernate
Cons of Liquibase
  • 3
    Can't control proxy associations when entity graph used
  • 4
    Documentation is disorganized
  • 3
    No vendor specifics in XML format - needs workarounds

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What is Hibernate?

Hibernate is a suite of open source projects around domain models. The flagship project is Hibernate ORM, the Object Relational Mapper.

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.

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