Database Schema Upgrade

Last modified 30 Mar 2022 11:08 +02:00


New midPoint releases usually bring new features. New features usually require the extension of midPoint data model to use them. The changes of data model usually require extension of the schema of the database that stores midPoint objects. This is the usual routine for most midPoint upgrades.

MidPoint distributions come with the database upgrade scripts. These scripts contain a set of SQL commands (usually ALTER TABLE commands) that extend the schema of existing database. The scripts are designed to be non-desctructive, therefore they can safely be executed over a database that is populated with data. (Of course, the usual backup routine is strongly recommended.)

The right process for the right repository

Since version 4.4, midPoint features two SQL repository implementations and these have different upgrade procedures. It is absolutely critical to use the right upgrade script for the right repository. While the upgrade uses upgrade scripts in both cases, there are small differences for each repository. To make it simpler, there are separate sections for each repository implementation below.

How do I know what repository I’m using?

One should know what repo is used. But just in case, there is a couple of ways to find out:

  • In GUI go to About page and check Repository panel. If Implementation name says Native, you are using the new Native repository recommended from version 4.4 on. Old Generic repo says SQL instead.

  • If in your config.xml the content of repository/type element is native (or sqale, or scale, casing does not matter), you are using the Native repository. If there is generic (or sql) instead, or there is no type element under repository, but repositoryServiceFactoryClass is used instead, you are using the old repository.

  • If you are connected to the database, there are some differences in tables. Try select * from m_uri limit 1 - if it works without any error (even if it does not return anything), you are using the new Native repository. If it doesn’t work - and select * from m_object_text_info limit 1 on the other hand does - then you are using the old repository.

Upgrading Native PostgreSQL Repository

This section describes how to upgrade the Native repository. There is no need to "upgrade" to 4.4 - but we encourage you to migrate to the new repository. For future releases, the process should be similar to previous upgrades.

Upgrade Script Location

Distribution Script location


<distribution root>/doc/config/sql/native-new/


<source code root>/config/sql/native-new/

Always use the scripts from the version you want to upgrade to - either from distribution or from sources. Do not use the upgrade scripts from the master branch, e.g. downloaded directly from GitHub, as these may contain development changes already (unless you really want to try the cutting edge development version).

Executing the script

The Native repository has separate upgrade scripts for the main portion of the repository (postgres-new-upgrade.sql) and for the audit tables (postgres-new-upgrade-audit.sql). This makes the process easier for deployments with separate audit database - you simply use the right udgrade script on each database. If both repository and audit is in the same database, use both scripts on the same database.

The scripts do not contain any version number and are safe to run repeatedly - only the missing changes are applied.

To upgrade the main repository run this command:

psql -v ON_ERROR_STOP=1 -h localhost -U midpoint -W -d midpoint -f postgres-new-upgrade.sql

To upgrade the audit database (here on the same server, but different database) run:

psql -v ON_ERROR_STOP=1 -h localhost -U midaudit -W -d midaudit -f postgres-new-upgrade-audit.sql

To upgrade database containing both, use multiple -f options:

psql -v ON_ERROR_STOP=1 -h localhost -U midaudit -W -d midaudit \
  -f postgres-new-upgrade.sql -f postgres-new-upgrade-audit.sql

The scripts store their internal version information in the m_global_metadata table. Please, do not modify this table manually.

You can use other client than psql, but the client must send the commands to the server separately. E.g. IDEA Ultimate Edition or DataGrip from JetBrains work fine.

Some clients, notably pgAdmin, send the whole content in a single request. Please, do not use them to run upgrade scripts!

Upgrading Generic Repository

This section describes how to upgrade the Generic repository.

Upgrade Script Location

Distribution Script location


<distribution root>/doc/config/sql/generic-old/


<source code root>/config/sql/generic-old/

The script file name is constructed in a form:

<database>-upgrade-<from version>-<to version>.sql

e.g. postgresql-upgrade-4.3-4.4.sql is an upgrade script for PostgreSQL database that upgrades midPoint 4.3 to midPoint 4.4.

Executing the script

The scripts should be executed by the usual way the SQL script is executed for any particular database. Perhaps the best way is to use command-line tools. Please refer to the documentation of your database system for the details. E.g., the upgrade script for PostgreSQL database is usually executed like this:

psql -h localhost -U midpoint -W -d midpoint -f postgresql-upgrade-4.3-4.4.sql

The scripts are designed to be run only once - unlike upgrade scripts for the Native repository, they are not idempotent.

Strictly speaking, the version term above refers to the database schema version, not the midPoint version. These are the same for the majority of cases. A notable exception is midPoint 4.1 that uses database schema version 4.0. So, in that particular case, upgrade scripts are named like postgresql-upgrade-4.0-4.2.sql. See Database schema versioning for more information.