# ChangeLogs

In simple words ChangeLogs are your migration classes. They contain ChangeSets, that are the methods that actual perform your migration.

To tell Mongock to run your migration, you need:

  1. Annotate your changeLog classes by @ChangeLog
  2. Annotate your changeSet methods by @ChangeSet
  3. Tell Mongock where your changeLog classes are by providing the changeLog scan package(you can specify more than one)
When using Spring, you must use MongockTemplate, instead of Spring MongoTemplate. MongockTemplate is just a decorator/wrapper providing exactly the same API than MongoTemplate, but ensuring your changes are correctly synchronised.

# @ChangeLog

Class with change sets must be annotated by @ChangeLog. As there can be more than one changeLog, Mongock will use the order argument to decide how to sort them:

@ChangeLog(order = "001")
public class DatabaseChangelog {

# @ChangeSet

Method annotated by @ChangeSet is taken and applied to the database. History of applied change sets is stored in a collection in your MongoDB.
This collection is called mongockChangeLog by default. You can instruct Mongock to use another name by configuration. Please refer to Driver page for more information.

The @ChangeSet parameters are:

Parameter Type Default Description
id String Mandatory unique Name of a change set, must be unique for all change logs in a database
author String Mandatory Author of a change set
order String null String for sorting change sets in one changeLog. Sorting in alphabetical order, ascending. It can be a number, a date etc.
runAlways Boolean false If true, changeSet will always be executed
systemVersion String "0" Defines which SystemVersion the changeSet is linked to.
failFast boolean true When false, Mongock won't abort the migration in case of any exception during the method's execution.

# Defining ChangeSet methods

@ChangeSet(order = "001", id = "changeWithoutArgs", author = "mongock")
public void changeWithoutArgs() {
// method without arguments can do some non-db changes
@ChangeSet(order = "002", id = "changeWithMongoDatabbase", author = "mongock")
public void changeWithMongoDatabbase(MongoDatabase db) {
// type: com.mongodb.client.MongoDatabase : original MongoDB driver v. 3.x, operations allowed by driver are possible
// example:
MongoCollection<Document> mycollection = db.getCollection("mycollection");
Document doc = new Document("testName", "example").append("test", "1");
@ChangeSet(order = "005", id = "changeWithMongockTemplate", author = "mongock")
public void changeWithMongockTemplate(MongockTemplate mongockTemplate) {
// type: com.github.cloudyrock.mongock.driver.mongodb.springdata.[v2 | v3].decorator.impl.MongockTemplate
// You must use MongockTemplate instead of MongoTemplate. It's just a wrapper/decorator
// so it provides exactly the same API. You won't miss anything
// example:
@ChangeSet(order = "006", id = "changeWithCustomBean", author = "mongock")
public void changeWithCustomBean(CustomBean myean) {
// You can use custom beans like your Spring Data repositories, as long as
// they are interfaces

# System version

Method annotated by @ChangeSet have also the possibility to contain a systemVersion. While most of the case this won't be needed, it can be a useful feature from a consultancy perspective. The more descriptive scenario is when a software provider has several customers who he provides his software to.

The clients may be using different versions of the software at the same time. So when he installs the product in a customer, the changeSets need to be applied depending on the product version. With this solution, he can tag every changeSet with his product version and will tell Mongock which version range to apply.

@ChangeSet(order = "001", systemVersion = "1", id = "changeToVersion1", author = "mongock")
public void someChange1(MongoDatabase db) {
@ChangeSet(order = "002", systemVersion = "1.1", id = "changeToVersion1.1", author = "mongock")
public void someChange2(MongoDatabase db) {
@ChangeSet(order = "003", systemVersion = "2.5.1" id = "changeToVersion2.5.1", author = "mongock")
public void someChange3(MongoDatabase db) {
@ChangeSet(order = "004", systemVersion = "2.5.5", id = "changeToVersion2.5.5", author = "mongock")
public void someChange5(MongoDatabase db) {
@ChangeSet(order = "005", systemVersion = "2.6", id = "changeToVersion2.6", author = "mongock")
public void someChange6(MongoDatabase db) {

When specifying versions you are able to upgrade to specific versions:

Via Properties:

start-system-version: 1
end-system-version: 2.5.1

Or via Builder:

//When using Builder

This example will execute changeSet methods 1, 2 and 3, because the specified systemVersion in the changeSet should be greater equals the startSystemVersion and lower equals the endSystemVersion. In other words, both startSystemVersion and endSystemVersion are inclusive.