Liquibase vs. Flyway

How does Flyway (Redgate) stack up against Liquibase? Find out which database DevOps tool is right for you.

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Deliver innovation to customers faster and more frequently.


Reduce outages, errors, and regressions without slowing down your developers.


Focus critical resources on more important priorities by automating tedious manual tasks.


Standardize database change processes, provide auditing and compliance, and guard your database against bad actors.

Liquibase vs. Flyway

How does Flyway (Redgate) stack up against Liquibase? Find out which database DevOps tool is right for you.

Database change
management tools

Liquibase and Flyway are both open-source database migration tools popular for versioning, deploying, and tracking database changes. Both offer:

Premium & Open Source

Foundational open-source (free) and advanced premium (paid) versions

Extending CI/CD

Capabilities to extend CI/CD to the database change workflow


A migrations-based approach to database changes

Liquibase helps you bring DevOps to the Database

Supports the broadest set of databases with advanced features

Work from where you want and meet up with your colleagues somewhere new each quarter.

More Flexibility

More flexibility in your database changes with artifact-based deployments

More Control

More control over execution updates and batch releases


Enables you to standardize best practices and simplify repeatable actions

DevOps Metrics

Improves database observability with DevOps metrics for your pipeline

Comparing Liquibase & Flyway

Supported databases
51 Relational Databases and
Data Warehouses
60 Relational Databases, Data Warehouses, and NoSQL Databases
Change definitions and ordering changes
Numbered SQL Files
Rearrangeable ChangeLogs (SQL, XML, JSON, or YAML)
Changes are not applied to environments where the changes are already present
Programmatically skip or batch changes by creating subsets of changes to apply
Control the execution of an update based on the state of the database
Dry runs
Create multi-step Workflows to standardize best practices, simplify actions, and improve governance and control
Allow Rollbacks to undo a database change
Target, or cherry pick, a change or set of changes to roll back
Validates database code against predefined rules set by DBAs on-demand or in automation
Compare the state of two databases to detect drift or malicious code
Java-based migrations
Migrations with Spring Boot
Measures and provides database DevOps metrics for your pipeline

Scale and expand with the broadest database support

Liquibase’s proactive approach and massive community support means more databases—and more diverse databases, including NoSQL—to cover your needs today and tomorrow.


Update, manage,
and deploy changes with ease

Flyway offers linear versioning using filenames for change deployments, which causes tedium as things need to change. Liquibase uses artifact-based deployments with ChangeLogs, which are collaborative, rearrangeable sets of changes.

Control the execution of updates and batch releases

Liquibase makes it easy to skip or batch changes by creating subsets of change with Labels and Contexts. With Preconditions, you can control the execution of an update based on the state of the database.

Improve governance by standardizing best practices

Customize and automate multi-step workflows to enable simple, repeatable actions.

Database observability to monitor DevOps metrics

Liquibase’s unique Structured Logs make it easy to bring database change and deployment metadata to your DevOps dashboards to enable continuous improvement for your databases.

See why the database DevOps community trusts Liquibase

“Liquibase is much more powerful compared to Flyway since it is much more flexible in nature.”

Kunnath Rahul

Software Engineer

Enterprise Software Company

“Comparing Liquibase and Flyway, I found Liquibase to be easier to learn and faster to implement than Flyway. Liquibase is also more flexible than Flyway.”

Ming Li


Computer Software Company

“Liquibase has better options than Flyway software. Liquibase seems to have everything Flyway has and more flexibility when it comes to rollbacks.”


Software Engineer

Enterprise Software Company

Liquibase has helped us with implementing reliable version control and a CI/CD pipeline for our data warehousing needs. The space for database version control leaves a lot to be desired, but thankfully Liquibase has that covered! We have paired Liquibase with GitHub and GitHub actions to reliably ensure all of our environments are in sync and easily track our deployments.

Mitchell Cooper

Data Engineer

As database administrator and consultant, Liquibase is a great tool. It frees up DBA time to manually sync database schema between DEV, TEST and PROD environments. By doing schema comparison programally, it gives me the peace of mind that all database objects are identical between different environments. We could also delegate the task to operation team.

Feng Cai

Database Consultant - ProServe (Database Migration)

"An ease of error-prone and quick database deployments both on-prem and on cloud integrated with CI/CD DevOps Automation."


Lead DBA

Liquibase brought our database changes and data correction processes up to speed with our code deploys which were already automated. It allows us to rely on automated validation as well as fit into our current software development lifecycle processes and CM software using a central versioned artifact capable of being deployed through our current CD pipeline.

Joe Albano

Senior Configuration Management Advisor

We use the Liquibase tool for DB deployment automations using the CICD process. It helped us a lot by reducing human error with the standard audit reporting structure integrated with it.

Nagendra Sekharamantri

DevOps Engineer

"Use Cases and Deployment Scope We use Liquibase to handle version control and source code control of SQL scripts and database changes and for the deployment and (if needed) rollback of the same. It's helped us go from arbitrary SQL changes that we tried to manually track, to having a reliable, repeatable, accurate account of what's in our database structure."

David Williams

CTO (Chief Technical Officer)

Liquibase addresses challenges related to database schema management, version control, collaboration, and deployment automation. Its scope of use cases spans software development, CI/CD, microservices, data migration, compliance. As applications evolve, the database schema might require refactoring. Liquibase supports the controlled refactoring of database structures while preserving data integrity.

Henry Brit

Lead Engineer

"We use Liquibase to maintain our changelogs while transforming our data in snowflake and deploying it to test and prod. Liquibase changelogs help us keep up to date with our changes and do the rollback in case of any error. Liquibase also provides many validation features that will come in handy if you want to establish checks during your code deployment. It's a great product with excellent customer service."

Pratik Lamsal

DevOps Engineer

Change log management organize and database changes in a systematic manner. Changes are organized into a series of change sets, each representing a specific change or a set of related changes.

Peter Lu

Senior Backend Engineer

I love the flexibility with the schema changes. I don't have to restrict my team to "only XML" way. It is possible to come up with schema changes in YAML and JSON, which is the order of game nowadays.

Hari K

PostgreSQL Consultant

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