Liquibase 15 Years

Celebrating 15
Years of Liquibase

What began in 2006 as a small personal side project has now been downloaded over 75 million times by users in more than 139 countries. Since the initial release of Liquibase, there have been 102 releases with the help of over 1,200 open source contributors.

Thank you, Liquibase community!

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“I released Liquibase as an open source project because I wanted a chance to contribute back to the community and to see what it was like on the other side of an open source project. I’ve always been a believer in open source, and managing Liquibase has only solidified that belief because Liquibase could not be what it is today without the community around it.”

- Nathan Voxland, Liquibase Project Founder

By the numbers


Project started in

75+ Million



Countries with users




Open source contributors


Early 2006
Nathan Voxland

Moorhead, MN: Nathan Voxland (then an engineer for Sundog) had a problem: Sundog’s many different client projects used a variety of different databases and it was getting increasingly difficult to ensure changes that were made in development reached production

June 16, 2006

The first public beta for the Sundog Database Refactoring Tool (SDRT) launches.

Later 2006

The project gets a new name: Liquibase, licensed under GNU (GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; version 2.1 of the License.) Binaries are available on SourceForge.

June 25, 2007
Old Liquibase Logo

Liquibase 1.0 Released

July 23, 2007
Database Icon

Liquibase 1.1 Released: Diff support for comparing database schemas is now available.

July 7, 2008
Martin Fowler

Martin Fowler writes his post on incremental migration.


The word “DevOps” was coined by Patrick Debois.

June 9, 2010

Liquibase now licensed under the Apache License, version 2.0 rather than the LGPL.

December 19, 2011

Liquibase 2.0 released - A new extension system ensures more databases will work with Liquibase. A new Liquibase forum is available.

April 2, 2012

Datical DB, a new enterprise version of Liquibase launches.

June 17, 2013

Liquibase 3.0 released with support for YAML & JSON changelogs along with formatted SQL.

October 2013

First trade show: Oracle Open World

January 9, 2014

Liquibase 3.1 released - Offline database support now available.

June 2, 2014

Liquibase 3.2 released with new snapshot command.

August 28, 2019

Liquibase 3.8 released. Liquibase Pro now available with support & advanced features.

April 2020

First NoSQL database extension created, Liquibase for MongoDB

July 14, 2020
Liquibase University

Liquibase University launches offering certification.

July 15, 2020

Liquibase 4.0 released

November 17, 2020
Liquibase Hub

Liquibase Hub launches with free access to view, organize & monitor database changes in real-time.

March 2021
Liquibase Legends

Liquibase Legends program launches

Thank you to the community


“Liquibase is by far the best tool for database versioning. I can’t imagine not having it in my project workflow.”

- Arjun SK


“I wanted to give back to the community that has helped me so much. It feels meaningful to help others.”

- Artem Zagnitko


“I enjoy contributing articles to the community. It feels great to pass down the knowledge.”

- Maureen Josephine

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