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Released: March 4, 2019


  • [bug] [operations] Removed use of deprecated force parameter for SQLAlchemy quoting functions as this parameter will be removed in a future release. Pull request courtesy Parth Shandilya(ParthS007).

    References: #528

  • [bug] [autogenerate] [postgresql] [py3k] Fixed issue where server default comparison on the PostgreSQL dialect would fail for a blank string on Python 3.7 only, due to a change in regular expression behavior in Python 3.7.

    References: #541


Released: January 25, 2019


  • [bug] [autogenerate] Fixed issue in new comment support where autogenerated Python code for comments wasn’t using repr() thus causing issues with quoting. Pull request courtesy Damien Garaud.

    References: #529


Released: January 13, 2019



Released: November 27, 2018


  • [bug] [py3k] Resolved remaining Python 3 deprecation warnings, covering the use of inspect.formatargspec() with a vendored version copied from the Python standard library, importing above Python 3.3 when testing against abstract base classes, fixed one occurrence of log.warn(), as well as a few invalid escape sequences.

    References: #507


Released: November 27, 2018


Released: November 14, 2018


  • [bug] [mssql] Fixed regression caused by #513, where the logic to consume mssql_include was not correctly interpreting the case where the flag was not present, breaking the op.create_index directive for SQL Server as a whole.

    References: #516


Released: October 31, 2018


  • [bug] [autogenerate] The system=True flag on Column, used primarily in conjunction with the Postgresql “xmin” column, now renders within the autogenerate render process, allowing the column to be excluded from DDL. Additionally, adding a system=True column to a model will produce no autogenerate diff as this column is implicitly present in the database.

    References: #515

  • [bug] [mssql] Fixed issue where usage of the SQL Server mssql_include option within a Operations.create_index() would raise a KeyError, as the additional column(s) need to be added to the table object used by the construct internally.

    References: #513


Released: October 17, 2018


  • [bug] [commands] Fixed an issue where revision descriptions were essentially being formatted twice. Any revision description that contained characters like %, writing output to stdout will fail because the call to config.print_stdout attempted to format any additional args passed to the function. This fix now only applies string formatting if any args are provided along with the output text.

    References: #497

  • [bug] [autogenerate] Fixed issue where removed method union_update() was used when a customized MigrationScript instance included entries in the .imports data member, raising an AttributeError.

    References: #512


Released: July 13, 2018


  • [feature] [general] For Alembic 1.0, Python 2.6 / 3.3 support is being dropped, allowing a fixed to be built as well as universal wheels. Pull request courtesy Hugo.

    References: #491

  • [feature] [general] With the 1.0 release, Alembic’s minimum SQLAlchemy support version moves to 0.9.0, previously 0.7.9.


  • [bug] [batch] Fixed issue in batch where dropping a primary key column, then adding it back under the same name but without the primary_key flag, would not remove it from the existing PrimaryKeyConstraint. If a new PrimaryKeyConstraint is added, it is used as-is, as was the case before.

    References: #502


Released: June 29, 2018


  • [bug] [autogenerate] The “op.drop_constraint()” directive will now render using repr() for the schema name, in the same way that “schema” renders for all the other op directives. Pull request courtesy Denis Kataev.

  • [bug] [autogenerate] Added basic capabilities for external dialects to support rendering of “nested” types, like arrays, in a manner similar to that of the Postgresql dialect.

    References: #494

  • [bug] [autogenerate] Fixed issue where “autoincrement=True” would not render for a column that specified it, since as of SQLAlchemy 1.1 this is no longer the default value for “autoincrement”. Note the behavior only takes effect against the SQLAlchemy 1.1.0 and higher; for pre-1.1 SQLAlchemy, “autoincrement=True” does not render as was the case before. Pull request courtesy Elad Almos.


Released: March 22, 2018


  • [feature] [commands] Added new flag --indicate-current to the alembic history command. When listing versions, it will include the token “(current)” to indicate the given version is a current head in the target database. Pull request courtesy Kazutaka Mise.

    References: #481


  • [bug] [autogenerate] [mysql] The fix for #455 in version 0.9.6 involving MySQL server default comparison was entirely non functional, as the test itself was also broken and didn’t reveal that it wasn’t working. The regular expression to compare server default values like CURRENT_TIMESTAMP to current_timestamp() is repaired.

    References: #455

  • [bug] [autogenerate] [mysql] Fixed bug where MySQL server default comparisons were basically not working at all due to incorrect regexp added in #455. Also accommodates for MariaDB 10.2 quoting differences in reporting integer based server defaults.

    References: #483

  • [bug] [mysql] [operations] Fixed bug in op.drop_constraint() for MySQL where quoting rules would not be applied to the constraint name.

    References: #487


Released: February 16, 2018


  • [bug] [runtime] Fixed bug where the Script.as_revision_number() method did not accommodate for the ‘heads’ identifier, which in turn caused the EnvironmentContext.get_head_revisions() and EnvironmentContext.get_revision_argument() methods to be not usable when multiple heads were present. The :meth:.`EnvironmentContext.get_head_revisions` method returns a tuple in all cases as documented.

    References: #482

  • [bug] [autogenerate] [postgresql] Fixed bug where autogenerate of ExcludeConstraint would render a raw quoted name for a Column that has case-sensitive characters, which when invoked as an inline member of the Table would produce a stack trace that the quoted name is not found. An incoming Column object is now rendered as sa.column('name').

    References: #478

  • [bug] [autogenerate] Fixed bug where the indexes would not be included in a migration that was dropping the owning table. The fix now will also emit DROP INDEX for the indexes ahead of time, but more importantly will include CREATE INDEX in the downgrade migration.

    References: #468

  • [bug] [postgresql] Fixed the autogenerate of the module prefix when rendering the text_type parameter of postgresql.HSTORE, in much the same way that we do for ARRAY’s type and JSON’s text_type.

    References: #480

  • [bug] [mysql] Added support for DROP CONSTRAINT to the MySQL Alembic dialect to support MariaDB 10.2 which now has real CHECK constraints. Note this change does not add autogenerate support, only support for op.drop_constraint() to work.

    References: #479


Released: January 16, 2018


  • [bug] [autogenerate] Fixed regression caused by #421 which would cause case-sensitive quoting rules to interfere with the comparison logic for index names, thus causing indexes to show as added for indexes that have case-sensitive names. Works with SQLAlchemy 0.9 and later series.

    References: #472

  • [bug] [autogenerate] [postgresql] Fixed bug where autogenerate would produce a DROP statement for the index implicitly created by a Postgresql EXCLUDE constraint, rather than skipping it as is the case for indexes implicitly generated by unique constraints. Makes use of SQLAlchemy 1.0.x’s improved “duplicates index” metadata and requires at least SQLAlchemy version 1.0.x to function correctly.

    References: #461


Released: October 13, 2017


  • [feature] [commands] The alembic history command will now make use of the revision environment unconditionally if the revision_environment configuration flag is set to True. Previously, the environment would only be invoked if the history specification were against a database-stored revision token.

    References: #447


  • [bug] [commands] Fixed a few Python3.6 deprecation warnings by replacing StopIteration with return, as well as using getfullargspec() instead of getargspec() under Python 3.

    References: #458

  • [bug] [commands] An addition to #441 fixed in 0.9.5, we forgot to also filter for the + sign in migration names which also breaks due to the relative migrations feature.

    References: #441

  • [bug] [autogenerate] Fixed bug expanding upon the fix for #85 which adds the correct module import to the “inner” type for an ARRAY type, the fix now accommodates for the generic sqlalchemy.types.ARRAY type added in SQLAlchemy 1.1, rendering the inner type correctly regardless of whether or not the Postgresql dialect is present.

    References: #442

  • [bug] [mysql] Fixed bug where server default comparison of CURRENT_TIMESTAMP would fail on MariaDB 10.2 due to a change in how the function is represented by the database during reflection.

    References: #455

  • [bug] [autogenerate] Fixed bug where comparison of Numeric types would produce a difference if the Python-side Numeric inadvertently specified a non-None “scale” with a “precision” of None, even though this Numeric type will pass over the “scale” argument when rendering. Pull request courtesy Ivan Mmelnychuk.

  • [bug] [batch] The name of the temporary table in batch mode is now generated off of the original table name itself, to avoid conflicts for the unusual case of multiple batch operations running against the same database schema at the same time.

    References: #457

  • [bug] [autogenerate] A ForeignKeyConstraint can now render correctly if the link_to_name flag is set, as it will not attempt to resolve the name from a “key” in this case. Additionally, the constraint will render as-is even if the remote column name isn’t present on the referenced remote table.

    References: #456

  • [bug] [py3k] [runtime] Reworked “sourceless” system to be fully capable of handling any combination of: Python2/3x, pep3149 or not, PYTHONOPTIMIZE or not, for locating and loading both files as well as versioning files. This includes: locating files inside of __pycache__ as well as listing out version files that might be only in versions/__pycache__, deduplicating version files that may be in versions/__pycache__ and versions/ at the same time, correctly looking for .pyc or .pyo files based on if pep488 is present or not. The latest Python3x deprecation warnings involving importlib are also corrected.

    References: #449


Released: August 9, 2017


  • [bug] [commands] A CommandError is raised if the “–rev-id” passed to the revision() command contains dashes or at-signs, as this interferes with the command notation used to locate revisions.

    References: #441

  • [bug] [postgresql] Added support for the dialect-specific keyword arguments to Operations.drop_index(). This includes support for postgresql_concurrently and others.

    References: #424

  • [bug] [commands] Fixed bug in timezone feature introduced in #425 when the creation date in a revision file is calculated, to accommodate for timezone names that contain mixed-case characters in their name as opposed to all uppercase. Pull request courtesy Nils Philippsen.


Released: July 31, 2017



Released: July 6, 2017


  • [feature] [runtime] Added a new callback hook EnvironmentContext.configure.on_version_apply, which allows user-defined code to be invoked each time an individual upgrade, downgrade, or stamp operation proceeds against a database. Pull request courtesy John Passaro.


  • [bug] [autogenerate] Fixed bug where autogen comparison of a Variant datatype would not compare to the dialect level type for the “default” implementation of the Variant, returning the type as changed between database and table metadata.

    References: #433

  • [bug] [tests] Fixed unit tests to run correctly under the SQLAlchemy 1.0.x series prior to version 1.0.10 where a particular bug involving Postgresql exclude constraints was fixed.

    References: #431


Released: May 18, 2017


  • [feature] [commands] Added a new configuration option timezone, a string timezone name that will be applied to the create date timestamp rendered inside the revision file as made availble to the file_template used to generate the revision filename. Note this change adds the python-dateutil package as a dependency.

    References: #425


  • [bug] [mssql] Repaired Operations.rename_table() for SQL Server when the target table is in a remote schema, the schema name is omitted from the “new name” argument.

    References: #429

  • [bug] [autogenerate] The autogenerate compare scheme now takes into account the name truncation rules applied by SQLAlchemy’s DDL compiler to the names of the Index object, when these names are dynamically truncated due to a too-long identifier name. As the identifier truncation is deterministic, applying the same rule to the metadata name allows correct comparison to the database-derived name.

    References: #421


  • [bug environment] A warning is emitted when an object that’s not a Connection is passed to EnvironmentContext.configure(). For the case of a Engine passed, the check for “in transaction” introduced in version 0.9.0 has been relaxed to work in the case of an attribute error, as some users appear to be passing an Engine and not a Connection.

    References: #419


Released: March 1, 2017


  • [bug] [commands] An adjustment to the bug fix for #369 to accommodate for scripts that use an enclosing transaction distinct from the one that the context provides, so that the check for “didn’t commit the transaction” doesn’t trigger in this scenario.

    References: #369, #417


Released: February 28, 2017


  • [feature] [autogenerate] The EnvironmentContext.configure.target_metadata parameter may now be optionally specified as a sequence of MetaData objects instead of a single MetaData object. The autogenerate process will process the sequence of MetaData objects in order.

    References: #38

  • [feature] [autogenerate] Added a keyword argument process_revision_directives to the command.revision() API call. This function acts in the same role as the environment-level EnvironmentContext.configure.process_revision_directives, and allows API use of the command to drop in an ad-hoc directive process function. This function can be used among other things to place a complete MigrationScript structure in place.

  • [feature] [postgresql] Added support for Postgresql EXCLUDE constraints, including the operation directive Operations.create_exclude_constraints() as well as autogenerate render support for the ExcludeConstraint object as present in a Table. Autogenerate detection for an EXCLUDE constraint added or removed to/from an existing table is not implemented as the SQLAlchemy Postgresql dialect does not yet support reflection of EXCLUDE constraints.

    Additionally, unknown constraint types now warn when encountered within an autogenerate action rather than raise.

    References: #412


  • [bug] [commands] A CommandError is now raised when a migration file opens a database transaction and does not close/commit/rollback, when the backend database or environment options also specify transactional_ddl is False. When transactional_ddl is not in use, Alembic doesn’t close any transaction so a transaction opened by a migration file will cause the following migrations to fail to apply.

    References: #369

  • [bug] [autogenerate] [mysql] The autoincrement=True flag is now rendered within the Operations.alter_column() operation if the source column indicates that this flag should be set to True. The behavior is sensitive to the SQLAlchemy version in place, as the “auto” default option is new in SQLAlchemy 1.1. When the source column indicates autoincrement as True or “auto”, the flag will render as True if the original column contextually indicates that it should have “autoincrement” keywords, and when the source column explcitly sets it to False, this is also rendered. The behavior is intended to preserve the AUTO_INCREMENT flag on MySQL as the column is fully recreated on this backend. Note that this flag does not support alteration of a column’s “autoincrement” status, as this is not portable across backends.

    References: #413

  • [bug] [postgresql] Fixed bug where Postgresql JSON/JSONB types rendered on SQLAlchemy 1.1 would render the “astext_type” argument which defaults to the Text() type without the module prefix, similarly to the issue with ARRAY fixed in #85.

    References: #411

  • [bug] [postgresql] Fixed bug where Postgresql ARRAY type would not render the import prefix for the inner type; additionally, user-defined renderers take place for the inner type as well as the outer type. Pull request courtesy Paul Brackin.

    References: #85

  • [bug] [operations] Fixed bug in ops.create_foreign_key() where the internal table representation would not be created properly if the foriegn key referred to a table in a different schema of the same name. Pull request courtesy Konstantin Lebedev.


Released: January 17, 2017


  • [bug] [versioning] The alembic_version table, when initially created, now establishes a primary key constraint on the “version_num” column, to suit database engines that don’t support tables without primary keys. This behavior can be controlled using the parameter EnvironmentContext.configure.version_table_pk. Note that this change only applies to the initial creation of the alembic_version table; it does not impact any existing alembic_version table already present.

    References: #406

  • [bug] [batch] Fixed bug where doing batch_op.drop_constraint() against the primary key constraint would fail to remove the “primary_key” flag from the column, resulting in the constraint being recreated.

    References: #402

  • [bug] [autogenerate] [oracle] Adjusted the logic originally added for #276 that detects MySQL unique constraints which are actually unique indexes to be generalized for any dialect that has this behavior, for SQLAlchemy version 1.0 and greater. This is to allow for upcoming SQLAlchemy support for unique constraint reflection for Oracle, which also has no dedicated concept of “unique constraint” and instead establishes a unique index.

  • [bug] [versioning] Added a file ignore for Python files of the form .#<name>.py, which are generated by the Emacs editor. Pull request courtesy Markus Mattes.

    References: #356


Released: November 28, 2016


  • [bug] [autogenerate] Adjustment to the “please adjust!” comment in the template so that the generated comment starts with a single pound sign, appeasing flake8.

    References: #393

  • [bug] [batch] Batch mode will not use CAST() to copy data if type_ is given, however the basic type affinity matches that of the existing type. This to avoid SQLite’s CAST of TIMESTAMP which results in truncation of the data, in those cases where the user needs to add redundant type_ for other reasons.

    References: #391

  • [bug] [autogenerate] Continued pep8 improvements by adding appropriate whitespace in the base template for generated migrations. Pull request courtesy Markus Mattes.

    References: #393

  • [bug] [revisioning] Added an additional check when reading in revision files to detect if the same file is being read twice; this can occur if the same directory or a symlink equivalent is present more than once in version_locations. A warning is now emitted and the file is skipped. Pull request courtesy Jiri Kuncar.

  • [bug] [autogenerate] Fixed bug where usage of a custom TypeDecorator which returns a per-dialect type via TypeDecorator.load_dialect_impl() that differs significantly from the default “impl” for the type decorator would fail to compare correctly during autogenerate.

    References: #395

  • [bug] [autogenerate] [postgresql] Fixed bug in Postgresql “functional index skip” behavior where a functional index that ended in ASC/DESC wouldn’t be detected as something we can’t compare in autogenerate, leading to duplicate definitions in autogenerated files.

    References: #392

  • [bug] [versioning] Fixed bug where the “base” specifier, as in “base:head”, could not be used explicitly when --sql mode was present.


Released: September 12, 2016


  • [feature] [operations] [postgresql] Added support for the USING clause to the ALTER COLUMN operation for Postgresql. Support is via the op.alter_column.postgresql_using parameter. Pull request courtesy Frazer McLean.

    References: #292

  • [feature] [autogenerate] Autogenerate with type comparison enabled will pick up on the timezone setting changing between DateTime types. Pull request courtesy David Szotten.


  • [autogenerate] The imports in the default are now at the top so that flake8 editors don’t complain by default. PR courtesy Guilherme Mansur.


Released: July 26, 2016


  • [bug] [versioning] Fixed bug where upgrading to the head of a branch which is already present would fail, only if that head were also the dependency of a different branch that is also upgraded, as the revision system would see this as trying to go in the wrong direction. The check here has been refined to distinguish between same-branch revisions out of order vs. movement along sibling branches.

    References: #336

  • [bug] [versioning] Adjusted the version traversal on downgrade such that we can downgrade to a version that is a dependency for a version in a different branch, without needing to remove that dependent version as well. Previously, the target version would be seen as a “merge point” for it’s normal up-revision as well as the dependency. This integrates with the changes for #377 and #378 to improve treatment of branches with dependencies overall.

    References: #379

  • [bug] [versioning] Fixed bug where a downgrade to a version that is also a dependency to a different branch would fail, as the system attempted to treat this as an “unmerge” of a merge point, when in fact it doesn’t have the other side of the merge point available for update.

    References: #377

  • [bug] [versioning] Fixed bug where the “alembic current” command wouldn’t show a revision as a current head if it were also a dependency of a version in a different branch that’s also applied. Extra logic is added to extract “implied” versions of different branches from the top-level versions listed in the alembic_version table.

    References: #378

  • [bug] [versioning] Fixed bug where a repr() or str() of a Script object would fail if the script had multiple dependencies.

  • [bug] [autogenerate] Fixed bug in autogen where if the DB connection sends the default schema as “None”, this “None” would be removed from the list of schemas to check if include_schemas were set. This could possibly impact using include_schemas with SQLite.

  • [bug] [batch] Small adjustment made to the batch handling for reflected CHECK constraints to accommodate for SQLAlchemy 1.1 now reflecting these. Batch mode still does not support CHECK constraints from the reflected table as these can’t be easily differentiated from the ones created by types such as Boolean.


Released: April 14, 2016


  • [bug] [commands] Errors which occur within the Mako render step are now intercepted and raised as CommandErrors like other failure cases; the Mako exception itself is written using template-line formatting to a temporary file which is named in the exception message.

    References: #367

  • [bug] [postgresql] Added a fix to Postgresql server default comparison which first checks if the text of the default is identical to the original, before attempting to actually run the default. This accomodates for default-generation functions that generate a new value each time such as a uuid function.

    References: #365

  • [bug] [batch] Fixed bug introduced by the fix for #338 in version 0.8.4 where a server default could no longer be dropped in batch mode. Pull request courtesy Martin Domke.

    References: #361

  • [bug] [batch] [mssql] Fixed bug where SQL Server arguments for drop_column() would not be propagated when running under a batch block. Pull request courtesy Michal Petrucha.


Released: March 9, 2016


  • [bug] [autogenerate] Fixed bug where the columns rendered in a PrimaryKeyConstraint in autogenerate would inappropriately render the “key” of the column, not the name. Pull request courtesy Jesse Dhillon.

    References: #335

  • [bug] [batch] Repaired batch migration support for “schema” types which generate constraints, in particular the Boolean datatype which generates a CHECK constraint. Previously, an alter column operation with this type would fail to correctly accommodate for the CHECK constraint on change both from and to this type. In the former case the operation would fail entirely, in the latter, the CHECK constraint would not get generated. Both of these issues are repaired.

    References: #354

  • [bug] [mysql] Changing a schema type such as Boolean to a non-schema type would emit a drop constraint operation which emits NotImplementedError for the MySQL dialect. This drop constraint operation is now skipped when the constraint originates from a schema type.

    References: #355


Released: December 15, 2015


  • [feature] [versioning] A major improvement to the hash id generation function, which for some reason used an awkward arithmetic formula against uuid4() that produced values that tended to start with the digits 1-4. Replaced with a simple substring approach which provides an even distribution. Pull request courtesy Antti Haapala.

  • [feature] [autogenerate] Added an autogenerate renderer for the ExecuteSQLOp operation object; only renders if given a plain SQL string, otherwise raises NotImplementedError. Can be of help with custom autogenerate sequences that includes straight SQL execution. Pull request courtesy Jacob Magnusson.


  • [bug] [batch] Batch mode generates a FOREIGN KEY constraint that is self-referential using the ultimate table name, rather than _alembic_batch_temp. When the table is renamed from _alembic_batch_temp back to the original name, the FK now points to the right name. This will not work if referential integrity is being enforced (eg. SQLite “PRAGMA FOREIGN_KEYS=ON”) since the original table is dropped and the new table then renamed to that name, however this is now consistent with how foreign key constraints on other tables already operate with batch mode; these don’t support batch mode if referential integrity is enabled in any case.

    References: #345

  • [bug] [autogenerate] Added a type-level comparator that distinguishes Integer, BigInteger, and SmallInteger types and dialect-specific types; these all have “Integer” affinity so previously all compared as the same.

    References: #341

  • [bug] [batch] Fixed bug where the server_default parameter of alter_column() would not function correctly in batch mode.

    References: #338

  • [bug] [autogenerate] Adjusted the rendering for index expressions such that a Column object present in the source Index will not be rendered as table-qualified; e.g. the column name will be rendered alone. Table-qualified names here were failing on systems such as Postgresql.

    References: #337


Released: October 16, 2015


  • [bug] [autogenerate] Fixed an 0.8 regression whereby the “imports” dictionary member of the autogen context was removed; this collection is documented in the “render custom type” documentation as a place to add new imports. The member is now known as AutogenContext.imports and the documentation is repaired.

    References: #332

  • [bug] [batch] Fixed bug in batch mode where a table that had pre-existing indexes would create the same index on the new table with the same name, which on SQLite produces a naming conflict as index names are in a global namespace on that backend. Batch mode now defers the production of both existing and new indexes until after the entire table transfer operation is complete, which also means those indexes no longer take effect during the INSERT from SELECT section as well; the indexes are applied in a single step afterwards.

    References: #333

  • [bug] [tests] Added “pytest-xdist” as a tox dependency, so that the -n flag in the test command works if this is not already installed. Pull request courtesy Julien Danjou.

  • [bug] [autogenerate] [postgresql] Fixed issue in PG server default comparison where model-side defaults configured with Python unicode literals would leak the “u” character from a repr() into the SQL used for comparison, creating an invalid SQL expression, as the server-side comparison feature in PG currently repurposes the autogenerate Python rendering feature to get a quoted version of a plain string default.

    References: #324


Released: August 25, 2015


  • [bug] [autogenerate] Added workaround in new foreign key option detection feature for MySQL’s consideration of the “RESTRICT” option being the default, for which no value is reported from the database; the MySQL impl now corrects for when the model reports RESTRICT but the database reports nothing. A similar rule is in the default FK comparison to accommodate for the default “NO ACTION” setting being present in the model but not necessarily reported by the database, or vice versa.

    References: #321


Released: August 22, 2015


  • [feature] [autogenerate] A custom EnvironmentContext.configure.process_revision_directives hook can now generate op directives within the UpgradeOps and DowngradeOps containers that will be generated as Python code even when the --autogenerate flag is False; provided that revision_environment=True, the full render operation will be run even in “offline” mode.

  • [feature] [autogenerate] Implemented support for autogenerate detection of changes in the ondelete, onupdate, initially and deferrable attributes of ForeignKeyConstraint objects on SQLAlchemy backends that support these on reflection (as of SQLAlchemy 1.0.8 currently Postgresql for all four, MySQL for ondelete and onupdate only). A constraint object that modifies these values will be reported as a “diff” and come out as a drop/create of the constraint with the modified values. The fields are ignored for backends which don’t reflect these attributes (as of SQLA 1.0.8 this includes SQLite, Oracle, SQL Server, others).

    References: #317



Released: August 12, 2015


  • [feature] [commands] Added new command alembic edit. This command takes the same arguments as alembic show, however runs the target script file within $EDITOR. Makes use of the python-editor library in order to facilitate the handling of $EDITOR with reasonable default behaviors across platforms. Pull request courtesy Michel Albert.

  • [feature] [commands] Added new multiple-capable argument --depends-on to the alembic revision command, allowing depends_on to be established at the command line level rather than having to edit the file after the fact. depends_on identifiers may also be specified as branch names at the command line or directly within the migration file. The values may be specified as partial revision numbers from the command line which will be resolved to full revision numbers in the output file.

    References: #311

  • [feature] [tests] The default test runner via “python test” is now py.test. nose still works via

  • [feature] [operations] The internal system for Alembic operations has been reworked to now build upon an extensible system of operation objects. New operations can be added to the op. namespace, including that they are available in custom autogenerate schemes.

    References: #302

  • [feature] [autogenerate] The internal system for autogenerate been reworked to build upon the extensible system of operation objects present in #302. As part of this change, autogenerate now produces a full object graph representing a list of migration scripts to be written as well as operation objects that will render all the Python code within them; a new hook EnvironmentContext.configure.process_revision_directives allows end-user code to fully customize what autogenerate will do, including not just full manipulation of the Python steps to take but also what file or files will be written and where. Additionally, autogenerate is now extensible as far as database objects compared and rendered into scripts; any new operation directive can also be registered into a series of hooks that allow custom database/model comparison functions to run as well as to render new operation directives into autogenerate scripts.

    See also


    References: #301, #306


  • [bug] [batch] Fixed bug in batch mode where the batch_op.create_foreign_key() directive would be incorrectly rendered with the source table and schema names in the argument list.

    References: #315

  • [bug] [versioning] Fixed bug where in the erroneous case that alembic_version contains duplicate revisions, some commands would fail to process the version history correctly and end up with a KeyError. The fix allows the versioning logic to proceed, however a clear error is emitted later when attempting to update the alembic_version table.

    References: #314



Released: July 22, 2015



  • [bug] [versioning] Fixed critical issue where a complex series of branches/merges would bog down the iteration algorithm working over redundant nodes for millions of cycles. An internal adjustment has been made so that duplicate nodes are skipped within this iteration.

    References: #310

  • [bug] [environment] The MigrationContext.stamp() method, added as part of the versioning refactor in 0.7 as a more granular version of command.stamp(), now includes the “create the alembic_version table if not present” step in the same way as the command version, which was previously omitted.

    References: #300

  • [bug] [autogenerate] Fixed bug where foreign key options including “onupdate”, “ondelete” would not render within the op.create_foreign_key() directive, even though they render within a full ForeignKeyConstraint directive.

    References: #298

  • [bug] [tests] Repaired warnings that occur when running unit tests against SQLAlchemy 1.0.5 or greater involving the “legacy_schema_aliasing” flag.


Released: May 5, 2015


  • [feature] [versioning] Fixed bug where the case of multiple mergepoints that all have the identical set of ancestor revisions would fail to be upgradable, producing an assertion failure. Merge points were previously assumed to always require at least an UPDATE in alembic_revision from one of the previous revs to the new one, however in this case, if one of the mergepoints has already been reached, the remaining mergepoints have no row to UPDATE therefore they must do an INSERT of their target version.

    References: #297

  • [feature] [autogenerate] Added support for type comparison functions to be not just per environment, but also present on the custom types themselves, by supplying a method compare_against_backend. Added a new documentation section Comparing Types describing type comparison fully.

    References: #296

  • [feature] [operations] Added a new option EnvironmentContext.configure.literal_binds, which will pass the literal_binds flag into the compilation of SQL constructs when using “offline” mode. This has the effect that SQL objects like inserts, updates, deletes as well as textual statements sent using text() will be compiled such that the dialect will attempt to render literal values “inline” automatically. Only a subset of types is typically supported; the Operations.inline_literal() construct remains as the construct used to force a specific literal representation of a value. The EnvironmentContext.configure.literal_binds flag is added to the “offline” section of the files generated in new environments.

    References: #255


  • [bug] [batch] Fully implemented the copy_from parameter for batch mode, which previously was not functioning. This allows “batch mode” to be usable in conjunction with --sql.

    References: #289

  • [bug] [batch] Repaired support for the BatchOperations.create_index() directive, which was mis-named internally such that the operation within a batch context could not proceed. The create index operation will proceed as part of a larger “batch table recreate” operation only if recreate is set to “always”, or if the batch operation includes other instructions that require a table recreate.

    References: #287


Released: March 19, 2015


  • [feature] [commands] Added a new feature Config.attributes, to help with the use case of sharing state such as engines and connections on the outside with a series of Alembic API calls; also added a new cookbook section to describe this simple but pretty important use case.

  • [feature] [environment] The format of the default script has been refined a bit; it now uses context managers not only for the scope of the transaction, but also for connectivity from the starting engine. The engine is also now called a “connectable” in support of the use case of an external connection being passed in.

  • [feature] [versioning] Added support for “alembic stamp” to work when given “heads” as an argument, when multiple heads are present.

    References: #267


  • [bug] [autogenerate] The --autogenerate option is not valid when used in conjunction with “offline” mode, e.g. --sql. This now raises a CommandError, rather than failing more deeply later on. Pull request courtesy Johannes Erdfelt.

    References: #266

  • [bug] [mssql] [operations] Fixed bug where the mssql DROP COLUMN directive failed to include modifiers such as “schema” when emitting the DDL.

    References: #284

  • [bug] [autogenerate] [postgresql] Postgresql “functional” indexes are necessarily skipped from the autogenerate process, as the SQLAlchemy backend currently does not support reflection of these structures. A warning is emitted both from the SQLAlchemy backend as well as from the Alembic backend for Postgresql when such an index is detected.

    References: #282

  • [bug] [autogenerate] [mysql] Fixed bug where MySQL backend would report dropped unique indexes and/or constraints as both at the same time. This is because MySQL doesn’t actually have a “unique constraint” construct that reports differently than a “unique index”, so it is present in both lists. The net effect though is that the MySQL backend will report a dropped unique index/constraint as an index in cases where the object was first created as a unique constraint, if no other information is available to make the decision. This differs from other backends like Postgresql which can report on unique constraints and unique indexes separately.

    References: #276

  • [bug] [commands] Fixed bug where using a partial revision identifier as the “starting revision” in --sql mode in a downgrade operation would fail to resolve properly.

    As a side effect of this change, the EnvironmentContext.get_starting_revision_argument() method will return the “starting” revision in its originally- given “partial” form in all cases, whereas previously when running within the command.stamp() command, it would have been resolved to a full number before passing it to the EnvironmentContext. The resolution of this value to a real revision number has basically been moved to a more fundamental level within the offline migration process.

    References: #269


Released: January 12, 2015


  • [bug] [autogenerate] [postgresql] Repaired issue where a server default specified without text() that represented a numeric or floating point (e.g. with decimal places) value would fail in the Postgresql-specific check for “compare server default”; as PG accepts the value with quotes in the table specification, it’s still valid. Pull request courtesy Dimitris Theodorou.

    References: #241

  • [bug] [autogenerate] The rendering of a ForeignKeyConstraint will now ensure that the names of the source and target columns are the database-side name of each column, and not the value of the .key attribute as may be set only on the Python side. This is because Alembic generates the DDL for constraints as standalone objects without the need to actually refer to an in-Python Table object, so there’s no step that would resolve these Python-only key names to database column names.

    References: #259

  • [bug] [autogenerate] Fixed bug in foreign key autogenerate where if the in-Python table used custom column keys (e.g. using the key='foo' kwarg to Column), the comparison of existing foreign keys to those specified in the metadata would fail, as the reflected table would not have these keys available which to match up. Foreign key comparison for autogenerate now ensures it’s looking at the database-side names of the columns in all cases; this matches the same functionality within unique constraints and indexes.

    References: #260

  • [bug] [autogenerate] Fixed issue in autogenerate type rendering where types that belong to modules that have the name “sqlalchemy” in them would be mistaken as being part of the sqlalchemy. namespace. Pull req courtesy Bartosz Burclaf.

    References: #261


Released: December 30, 2014


  • [bug] [versioning] Fixed regression in new versioning system where upgrade / history operation would fail on AttributeError if no version files were present at all.

    References: #258


Released: December 18, 2014


  • [bug] [autogenerate] [sqlite] Adjusted the SQLite backend regarding autogen of unique constraints to work fully with the current SQLAlchemy 1.0, which now will report on UNIQUE constraints that have no name.

  • [bug] [batch] Fixed bug in batch where if the target table contained multiple foreign keys to the same target table, the batch mechanics would fail with a “table already exists” error. Thanks for the help on this from Lucas Kahlert.

    References: #254

  • [bug] [mysql] Fixed an issue where the MySQL routine to skip foreign-key-implicit indexes would also catch unnamed unique indexes, as they would be named after the column and look like the FK indexes. Pull request courtesy Johannes Erdfelt.

    References: #251

  • [bug] [mssql] [oracle] Repaired a regression in both the MSSQL and Oracle dialects whereby the overridden _exec() method failed to return a value, as is needed now in the 0.7 series.

    References: #253


Released: December 3, 2014



  • [bug] [batch] The render_as_batch flag was inadvertently hardcoded to True, so all autogenerates were spitting out batch mode…this has been fixed so that batch mode again is only when selected in

  • [bug] [batch] Fixed bug where the “source_schema” argument was not correctly passed when calling BatchOperations.create_foreign_key(). Pull request courtesy Malte Marquarding.

  • [bug] [batch] Repaired the inspection, copying and rendering of CHECK constraints and so-called “schema” types such as Boolean, Enum within the batch copy system; the CHECK constraint will not be “doubled” when the table is copied, and additionally the inspection of the CHECK constraint for its member columns will no longer fail with an attribute error.

    References: #249


Released: November 24, 2014


  • [changed] [commands] The --head_only option to the alembic current command is deprecated; the current command now lists just the version numbers alone by default; use --verbose to get at additional output.

  • [changed] [autogenerate] The default value of the EnvironmentContext.configure.user_module_prefix parameter is no longer the same as the SQLAlchemy prefix. When omitted, user-defined types will now use the __module__ attribute of the type class itself when rendering in an autogenerated module.

    References: #229

  • [changed] [compatibility] Minimum SQLAlchemy version is now 0.7.6, however at least 0.8.4 is strongly recommended. The overhaul of the test suite allows for fully passing tests on all SQLAlchemy versions from 0.7.6 on forward.


  • [feature] [versioning] The “multiple heads / branches” feature has now landed. This is by far the most significant change Alembic has seen since its inception; while the workflow of most commands hasn’t changed, and the format of version files and the alembic_version table are unchanged as well, a new suite of features opens up in the case where multiple version files refer to the same parent, or to the “base”. Merging of branches, operating across distinct named heads, and multiple independent bases are now all supported. The feature incurs radical changes to the internals of versioning and traversal, and should be treated as “beta mode” for the next several subsequent releases within 0.7.

    References: #167

  • [feature] [versioning] In conjunction with support for multiple independent bases, the specific version directories are now also configurable to include multiple, user-defined directories. When multiple directories exist, the creation of a revision file with no down revision requires that the starting directory is indicated; the creation of subsequent revisions along that lineage will then automatically use that directory for new files.

    References: #124

  • [feature] [operations] [sqlite] Added “move and copy” workflow, where a table to be altered is copied to a new one with the new structure and the old one dropped, is now implemented for SQLite as well as all database backends in general using the new Operations.batch_alter_table() system. This directive provides a table-specific operations context which gathers column- and constraint-level mutations specific to that table, and at the end of the context creates a new table combining the structure of the old one with the given changes, copies data from old table to new, and finally drops the old table, renaming the new one to the existing name. This is required for fully featured SQLite migrations, as SQLite has very little support for the traditional ALTER directive. The batch directive is intended to produce code that is still compatible with other databases, in that the “move and copy” process only occurs for SQLite by default, while still providing some level of sanity to SQLite’s requirement by allowing multiple table mutation operations to proceed within one “move and copy” as well as providing explicit control over when this operation actually occurs. The “move and copy” feature may be optionally applied to other backends as well, however dealing with referential integrity constraints from other tables must still be handled explicitly.

    References: #21

  • [feature] [commands] Relative revision identifiers as used with alembic upgrade, alembic downgrade and alembic history can be combined with specific revisions as well, e.g. alembic upgrade ae10+3, to produce a migration target relative to the given exact version.

  • [feature] [commands] New commands added: alembic show, alembic heads and alembic merge. Also, a new option --verbose has been added to several informational commands, such as alembic history, alembic current, alembic branches, and alembic heads. alembic revision also contains several new options used within the new branch management system. The output of commands has been altered in many cases to support new fields and attributes; the history command in particular now returns it’s “verbose” output only if --verbose is sent; without this flag it reverts to it’s older behavior of short line items (which was never changed in the docs).

  • [feature] [config] Added new argument Config.config_args, allows a dictionary of replacement variables to be passed which will serve as substitution values when an API-produced Config consumes the .ini file. Pull request courtesy Noufal Ibrahim.

  • [feature] [operations] The Table object is now returned when the Operations.create_table() method is used. This Table is suitable for use in subsequent SQL operations, in particular the Operations.bulk_insert() operation.

    References: #205

  • [feature] [autogenerate] Indexes and unique constraints are now included in the EnvironmentContext.configure.include_object hook. Indexes are sent with type "index" and unique constraints with type "unique_constraint".

    References: #203

  • [feature] SQLAlchemy’s testing infrastructure is now used to run tests. This system supports both nose and pytest and opens the way for Alembic testing to support any number of backends, parallel testing, and 3rd party dialect testing.


  • [bug] [commands] The alembic revision command accepts the --sql option to suit some very obscure use case where the revision_environment flag is set up, so that is run when alembic revision is run even though autogenerate isn’t specified. As this flag is otherwise confusing, error messages are now raised if alembic revision is invoked with both --sql and --autogenerate or with --sql without revision_environment being set.

    References: #248

  • [bug] [autogenerate] [postgresql] Added a rule for Postgresql to not render a “drop unique” and “drop index” given the same name; for now it is assumed that the “index” is the implicit one Postgreql generates. Future integration with new SQLAlchemy 1.0 features will improve this to be more resilient.

    References: #247

  • [bug] [autogenerate] A change in the ordering when columns and constraints are dropped; autogenerate will now place the “drop constraint” calls before the “drop column” calls, so that columns involved in those constraints still exist when the constraint is dropped.

    References: #247

  • [bug] [oracle] The Oracle dialect sets “transactional DDL” to False by default, as Oracle does not support transactional DDL.

    References: #245

  • [bug] [autogenerate] Fixed a variety of issues surrounding rendering of Python code that contains unicode literals. The first is that the “quoted_name” construct that SQLAlchemy uses to represent table and column names as well as schema names does not repr() correctly on Py2K when the value contains unicode characters; therefore an explicit stringification is added to these. Additionally, SQL expressions such as server defaults were not being generated in a unicode-safe fashion leading to decode errors if server defaults contained non-ascii characters.

    References: #243

  • [bug] [operations] The Operations.add_column() directive will now additionally emit the appropriate CREATE INDEX statement if the Column object specifies index=True. Pull request courtesy David Szotten.

    References: #174

  • [bug] [autogenerate] Bound parameters are now resolved as “literal” values within the SQL expression inside of a CheckConstraint(), when rendering the SQL as a text string; supported for SQLAlchemy 0.8.0 and forward.

    References: #219

  • [bug] [autogenerate] Added a workaround for SQLAlchemy issue #3023 (fixed in 0.9.5) where a column that’s part of an explicit PrimaryKeyConstraint would not have its “nullable” flag set to False, thus producing a false autogenerate. Also added a related correction to MySQL which will correct for MySQL’s implicit server default of ‘0’ when a NULL integer column is turned into a primary key column.

    References: #199

  • [bug] [autogenerate] [mysql] Repaired issue related to the fix for #208 and others; a composite foreign key reported by MySQL would cause a KeyError as Alembic attempted to remove MySQL’s implicitly generated indexes from the autogenerate list.

    References: #240

  • [bug] [autogenerate] If the “alembic_version” table is present in the target metadata, autogenerate will skip this also. Pull request courtesy Dj Gilcrease.

    References: #28

  • [bug] [autogenerate] The EnvironmentContext.configure.version_table and EnvironmentContext.configure.version_table_schema arguments are now honored during the autogenerate process, such that these names will be used as the “skip” names on both the database reflection and target metadata sides.

    References: #77

  • [bug] [templates] Revision files are now written out using the 'wb' modifier to open(), since Mako reads the templates with 'rb', thus preventing CRs from being doubled up as has been observed on windows. The encoding of the output now defaults to ‘utf-8’, which can be configured using a newly added config file parameter output_encoding.

    References: #234

  • [bug] [operations] Added support for use of the quoted_name construct when using the schema argument within operations. This allows a name containing a dot to be fully quoted, as well as to provide configurable quoting on a per-name basis.

    References: #230

  • [bug] [autogenerate] [postgresql] Added a routine by which the Postgresql Alembic dialect inspects the server default of INTEGER/BIGINT columns as they are reflected during autogenerate for the pattern nextval(<name>...) containing a potential sequence name, then queries pg_catalog to see if this sequence is “owned” by the column being reflected; if so, it assumes this is a SERIAL or BIGSERIAL column and the server default is omitted from the column reflection as well as any kind of server_default comparison or rendering, along with an INFO message in the logs indicating this has taken place. This allows SERIAL/BIGSERIAL columns to keep the SEQUENCE from being unnecessarily present within the autogenerate operation.

    References: #73

  • [bug] [autogenerate] The system by which autogenerate renders expressions within a Index, the server_default of Column, and the existing_server_default of Operations.alter_column() has been overhauled to anticipate arbitrary SQLAlchemy SQL constructs, such as func.somefunction(), cast(), desc(), and others. The system does not, as might be preferred, render the full-blown Python expression as originally created within the application’s source code, as this would be exceedingly complex and difficult. Instead, it renders the SQL expression against the target backend that’s subject to the autogenerate, and then renders that SQL inside of a text() construct as a literal SQL string. This approach still has the downside that the rendered SQL construct may not be backend-agnostic in all cases, so there is still a need for manual intervention in that small number of cases, but overall the majority of cases should work correctly now. Big thanks to Carlos Rivera for pull requests and support on this.

    References: #196, #197, #64

  • [bug] [operations] The “match” keyword is not sent to ForeignKeyConstraint by Operations.create_foreign_key() when SQLAlchemy 0.7 is in use; this keyword was added to SQLAlchemy as of 0.8.0.


Released: September 9, 2014


  • [feature] Added support for functional indexes when using the Operations.create_index() directive. Within the list of columns, the SQLAlchemy text() construct can be sent, embedding a literal SQL expression; the Operations.create_index() will perform some hackery behind the scenes to get the Index construct to cooperate. This works around some current limitations in Index which should be resolved on the SQLAlchemy side at some point.

    References: #222


  • [bug] [mssql] Fixed bug in MSSQL dialect where “rename table” wasn’t using sp_rename() as is required on SQL Server. Pull request courtesy Łukasz Bołdys.


Released: August 7, 2014



  • [bug] A file named in the versions/ directory is now ignored by Alembic when the collection of version files is retrieved. Pull request courtesy Michael Floering.

    References: #95

  • [bug] Fixed Py3K bug where an attempt would be made to sort None against string values when autogenerate would detect tables across multiple schemas, including the default schema. Pull request courtesy paradoxxxzero.

  • [bug] Autogenerate render will render the arguments within a Table construct using *[...] when the number of columns/elements is greater than 255. Pull request courtesy Ryan P. Kelly.

  • [bug] Fixed bug where foreign key constraints would fail to render in autogenerate when a schema name was present. Pull request courtesy Andreas Zeidler.

  • [bug] Some deep-in-the-weeds fixes to try to get “server default” comparison working better across platforms and expressions, in particular on the Postgresql backend, mostly dealing with quoting/not quoting of various expressions at the appropriate time and on a per-backend basis. Repaired and tested support for such defaults as Postgresql interval and array defaults.

    References: #212

  • [bug] Liberalized even more the check for MySQL indexes that shouldn’t be counted in autogenerate as “drops”; this time it’s been reported that an implicitly created index might be named the same as a composite foreign key constraint, and not the actual columns, so we now skip those when detected as well.

    References: #208


  • [enhancement] When a run of Alembic command line fails due to CommandError, the output now prefixes the string with "FAILED:", and the error is also written to the log output using log.error().

    References: #209


Released: May 3, 2014


  • [feature] [environment] Added new feature EnvironmentContext.configure.transaction_per_migration, which when True causes the BEGIN/COMMIT pair to incur for each migration individually, rather than for the whole series of migrations. This is to assist with some database directives that need to be within individual transactions, without the need to disable transactional DDL entirely.

    References: #201


  • [bug] [autogenerate] [mysql] This releases’ “autogenerate index detection” bug, when a MySQL table includes an Index with the same name as a column, autogenerate reported it as an “add” even though its not; this is because we ignore reflected indexes of this nature due to MySQL creating them implicitly. Indexes that are named the same as a column are now ignored on MySQL if we see that the backend is reporting that it already exists; this indicates that we can still detect additions of these indexes but not drops, as we cannot distinguish a backend index same-named as the column as one that is user generated or mysql-generated.

    References: #202

  • [bug] [autogenerate] Fixed bug where the include_object() filter would not receive the original Column object when evaluating a database-only column to be dropped; the object would not include the parent Table nor other aspects of the column that are important for generating the “downgrade” case where the column is recreated.

    References: #200

  • [bug] [environment] Fixed bug where EnvironmentContext.get_x_argument() would fail if the Config in use didn’t actually originate from a command line call.

    References: #195

  • [bug] [autogenerate] Fixed another bug regarding naming conventions, continuing from #183, where add_index() drop_index() directives would not correctly render the f() construct when the index contained a convention-driven name.

    References: #194


Released: March 28, 2014


  • [feature] The command.revision() command now returns the Script object corresponding to the newly generated revision. From this structure, one can get the revision id, the module documentation, and everything else, for use in scripts that call upon this command. Pull request courtesy Robbie Coomber.


  • [bug] [mssql] Added quoting to the table name when the special EXEC is run to drop any existing server defaults or constraints when the drop_column.mssql_drop_check or drop_column.mssql_drop_default arguments are used.

    References: #186

  • [bug] [mysql] Added/fixed support for MySQL “SET DEFAULT” / “DROP DEFAULT” phrases, which will now be rendered if only the server default is changing or being dropped (e.g. specify None to alter_column() to indicate “DROP DEFAULT”). Also added support for rendering MODIFY rather than CHANGE when the column name isn’t changing.

    References: #103

  • [bug] Added support for the initially, match keyword arguments as well as dialect-specific keyword arguments to Operations.create_foreign_key().


    Altered the support for “sourceless” migration files (e.g. only .pyc or .pyo present) so that the flag “sourceless=true” needs to be in alembic.ini for this behavior to take effect.

    References: #190

  • [bug] [mssql] The feature that keeps on giving, index/unique constraint autogenerate detection, has even more fixes, this time to accommodate database dialects that both don’t yet report on unique constraints, but the backend does report unique constraints as indexes. The logic Alembic uses to distinguish between “this is an index!” vs. “this is a unique constraint that is also reported as an index!” has now been further enhanced to not produce unwanted migrations when the dialect is observed to not yet implement get_unique_constraints() (e.g. mssql). Note that such a backend will no longer report index drops for unique indexes, as these cannot be distinguished from an unreported unique index.

    References: #185

  • [bug] Extensive changes have been made to more fully support SQLAlchemy’s new naming conventions feature. Note that while SQLAlchemy has added this feature as of 0.9.2, some additional fixes in 0.9.4 are needed to resolve some of the issues:

    1. The Operations object now takes into account the naming conventions that are present on the MetaData object that’s associated using target_metadata. When Operations renders a constraint directive like ADD CONSTRAINT, it now will make use of this naming convention when it produces its own temporary MetaData object.
    2. Note however that the autogenerate feature in most cases generates constraints like foreign keys and unique constraints with the final names intact; the only exception are the constraints implicit with a schema-type like Boolean or Enum. In most of these cases, the naming convention feature will not take effect for these constraints and will instead use the given name as is, with one exception….
    3. Naming conventions which use the "%(constraint_name)s" token, that is, produce a new name that uses the original name as a component, will still be pulled into the naming convention converter and be converted. The problem arises when autogenerate renders a constraint with it’s already-generated name present in the migration file’s source code, the name will be doubled up at render time due to the combination of #1 and #2. So to work around this, autogenerate now renders these already-tokenized names using the new Operations.f() component. This component is only generated if SQLAlchemy 0.9.4 or greater is in use.

    Therefore it is highly recommended that an upgrade to Alembic 0.6.4 be accompanied by an upgrade of SQLAlchemy 0.9.4, if the new naming conventions feature is used.

    References: #183

  • [bug] Suppressed IOErrors which can raise when program output pipe is closed under a program like head; however this only works on Python 2. On Python 3, there is not yet a known way to suppress the BrokenPipeError warnings without prematurely terminating the program via signals.

    References: #160

  • [bug] Fixed bug where Operations.bulk_insert() would not function properly when Operations.inline_literal() values were used, either in –sql or non-sql mode. The values will now render directly in –sql mode. For compatibility with “online” mode, a new flag multiinsert can be set to False which will cause each parameter set to be compiled and executed with individual INSERT statements.

    References: #179

  • [bug] [py3k] Fixed a failure of the system that allows “legacy keyword arguments” to be understood, which arose as of a change in Python 3.4 regarding decorators. A workaround is applied that allows the code to work across Python 3 versions.

    References: #175


Released: February 2, 2014


  • [feature] Added new argument EnvironmentContext.configure.user_module_prefix. This prefix is applied when autogenerate renders a user-defined type, which here is defined as any type that is from a module outside of the sqlalchemy. hierarchy. This prefix defaults to None, in which case the EnvironmentContext.configure.sqlalchemy_module_prefix is used, thus preserving the current behavior.

    References: #171

  • [feature] The ScriptDirectory system that loads migration files from a versions/ directory now supports so-called “sourceless” operation, where the .py files are not present and instead .pyc or .pyo files are directly present where the .py files should be. Note that while Python 3.3 has a new system of locating .pyc/.pyo files within a directory called __pycache__ (e.g. PEP-3147), PEP-3147 maintains support for the “source-less imports” use case, where the .pyc/.pyo are in present in the “old” location, e.g. next to the .py file; this is the usage that’s supported even when running Python3.3.

    References: #163


  • [bug] Added a workaround for when we call fcntl.ioctl() to get at TERMWIDTH; if the function returns zero, as is reported to occur in some pseudo-ttys, the message wrapping system is disabled in the same way as if ioctl() failed.

    References: #172

  • [bug] Added support for autogenerate covering the use case where Table objects specified in the metadata have an explicit schema attribute whose name matches that of the connection’s default schema (e.g. “public” for Postgresql). Previously, it was assumed that “schema” was None when it matched the “default” schema, now the comparison adjusts for this.

    References: #170

  • [bug] The compare_metadata() public API function now takes into account the settings for EnvironmentContext.configure.include_object, EnvironmentContext.configure.include_symbol, and EnvironmentContext.configure.include_schemas, in the same way that the --autogenerate command does. Pull request courtesy Roman Podoliaka.

  • [bug] Calling bulk_insert() with an empty list will not emit any commands on the current connection. This was already the case with --sql mode, so is now the case with “online” mode.

    References: #168

  • [bug] Enabled schema support for index and unique constraint autodetection; previously these were non-functional and could in some cases lead to attribute errors. Pull request courtesy Dimitris Theodorou.

  • [bug] More fixes to index autodetection; indexes created with expressions like DESC or functional indexes will no longer cause AttributeError exceptions when attempting to compare the columns.

    References: #164


Released: Fri Dec 27 2013


  • [feature] [mssql] Added new argument mssql_drop_foreign_key to Operations.drop_column(). Like mssql_drop_default and mssql_drop_check, will do an inline lookup for a single foreign key which applies to this column, and drop it. For a column with more than one FK, you’d still need to explicitly use Operations.drop_constraint() given the name, even though only MSSQL has this limitation in the first place.


  • [bug] Autogenerate for op.create_table() will not include a PrimaryKeyConstraint() that has no columns.

  • [bug] Fixed bug in the not-internally-used ScriptDirectory.get_base() method which would fail if called on an empty versions directory.

  • [bug] An almost-rewrite of the new unique constraint/index autogenerate detection, to accommodate a variety of issues. The emphasis is on not generating false positives for those cases where no net change is present, as these errors are the ones that impact all autogenerate runs:

    • Fixed an issue with unique constraint autogenerate detection where a named UniqueConstraint on both sides with column changes would render with the “add” operation before the “drop”, requiring the user to reverse the order manually.
    • Corrected for MySQL’s apparent addition of an implicit index for a foreign key column, so that it doesn’t show up as “removed”. This required that the index/constraint autogen system query the dialect-specific implementation for special exceptions.
    • reworked the “dedupe” logic to accommodate MySQL’s bi-directional duplication of unique indexes as unique constraints, and unique constraints as unique indexes. Postgresql’s slightly different logic of duplicating unique constraints into unique indexes continues to be accommodated as well. Note that a unique index or unique constraint removal on a backend that duplicates these may show up as a distinct “remove_constraint()” / “remove_index()” pair, which may need to be corrected in the post-autogenerate if multiple backends are being supported.
    • added another dialect-specific exception to the SQLite backend when dealing with unnamed unique constraints, as the backend can’t currently report on constraints that were made with this technique, hence they’d come out as “added” on every run.
    • the op.create_table() directive will be auto-generated with the UniqueConstraint objects inline, but will not double them up with a separate create_unique_constraint() call, which may have been occurring. Indexes still get rendered as distinct op.create_index() calls even when the corresponding table was created in the same script.
    • the inline UniqueConstraint within op.create_table() includes all the options like deferrable, initially, etc. Previously these weren’t rendering.

    References: #157

  • [bug] [mssql] The MSSQL backend will add the batch separator (e.g. "GO") in --sql mode after the final COMMIT statement, to ensure that statement is also processed in batch mode. Courtesy Derek Harland.


Released: Wed Nov 27 2013


  • [feature] Expanded the size of the “slug” generated by “revision” to 40 characters, which is also configurable by new field truncate_slug_length; and also split on the word rather than the character; courtesy Frozenball.

  • [feature] Support for autogeneration detection and rendering of indexes and unique constraints has been added. The logic goes through some effort in order to differentiate between true unique constraints and unique indexes, where there are some quirks on backends like Postgresql. The effort here in producing the feature and tests is courtesy of IJL.

    References: #107


  • [bug] [mysql] Fixed bug where op.alter_column() in the MySQL dialect would fail to apply quotes to column names that had mixed casing or spaces.

    References: #152

  • [bug] Fixed the output wrapping for Alembic message output, so that we either get the terminal width for “pretty printing” with indentation, or if not we just output the text as is; in any case the text won’t be wrapped too short.

    References: #135

  • [bug] Fixes to Py3k in-place compatibity regarding output encoding and related; the use of the new io.* package introduced some incompatibilities on Py2k. These should be resolved, due to the introduction of new adapter types for translating from io.* to Py2k file types, StringIO types. Thanks to Javier Santacruz for help with this.

  • [bug] Fixed py3k bug where the wrong form of next() was being called when using the list_templates command. Courtesy Chris Wilkes.

    References: #145

  • [bug] Fixed bug introduced by new include_object argument where the inspected column would be misinterpreted when using a user-defined type comparison function, causing a KeyError or similar expression-related error. Fix courtesy Maarten van Schaik.

  • [bug] Added the “deferrable” keyword argument to op.create_foreign_key() so that DEFERRABLE constraint generation is supported; courtesy Pedro Romano.

  • [bug] Ensured that strings going to stdout go through an encode/decode phase, so that any non-ASCII characters get to the output stream correctly in both Py2k and Py3k. Also added source encoding detection using Mako’s parse_encoding() routine in Py2k so that the __doc__ of a non-ascii revision file can be treated as unicode in Py2k.

    References: #137


Released: Fri July 19 2013


  • [feature] Added new kw argument to EnvironmentContext.configure() include_object. This is a more flexible version of the include_symbol argument which allows filtering of columns as well as tables from the autogenerate process, and in the future will also work for types, constraints and other constructs. The fully constructed schema object is passed, including its name and type as well as a flag indicating if the object is from the local application metadata or is reflected.

    References: #101

  • [feature] The output of the alembic history command is now expanded to show information about each change on multiple lines, including the full top message, resembling the formatting of git log.

  • [feature] Added alembic.config.Config.cmd_opts attribute, allows access to the argparse options passed to the alembic runner.

  • [feature] Added new command line argument -x, allows extra arguments to be appended to the command line which can be consumed within an script by looking at context.config.cmd_opts.x, or more simply a new method EnvironmentContext.get_x_argument().

    References: #120

  • [feature] Added -r argument to alembic history command, allows specification of [start]:[end] to view a slice of history. Accepts revision numbers, symbols “base”, “head”, a new symbol “current” representing the current migration, as well as relative ranges for one side at a time (i.e. -r-5:head, -rcurrent:+3). Courtesy Atsushi Odagiri for this feature.

  • [feature] Source base is now in-place for Python 2.6 through 3.3, without the need for 2to3. Support for Python 2.5 and below has been dropped. Huge thanks to Hong Minhee for all the effort on this!

    References: #55


  • [bug] Added support for options like “name” etc. to be rendered within CHECK constraints in autogenerate. Courtesy Sok Ann Yap.

    References: #125

  • [bug] Repaired autogenerate rendering of ForeignKeyConstraint to include use_alter argument, if present.


  • [misc] Source repository has been moved from Mercurial to Git.


Released: Thu Apr 4 2013


Alembic 0.5.0 now requires at least version 0.7.3 of SQLAlchemy to run properly. Support for 0.6 has been dropped.


  • [feature] Added version_table_schema argument to EnvironmentContext.configure(), complements the version_table argument to set an optional remote schema for the version table. Courtesy Christian Blume.

    References: #76

  • [feature] Added output_encoding option to EnvironmentContext.configure(), used with --sql mode to apply an encoding to the output stream.

    References: #90

  • [feature] Added Operations.create_primary_key() operation, will genenerate an ADD CONSTRAINT for a primary key.

    References: #93

  • [feature] upgrade and downgrade commands will list the first line of the docstring out next to the version number. Courtesy Hong Minhee.

    References: #115

  • [feature] Added –head-only option to “alembic current”, will print current version plus the symbol “(head)” if this version is the head or not. Courtesy Charles-Axel Dein.

  • [feature] The rendering of any construct during autogenerate can be customized, in particular to allow special rendering for user-defined column, constraint subclasses, using new render_item argument to EnvironmentContext.configure().

    References: #108


  • [bug] [postgresql] Fixed format of RENAME for table that includes schema with Postgresql; the schema name shouldn’t be in the “TO” field.

    References: #32

  • [bug] [mssql] Fixed bug whereby double quoting would be applied to target column name during an sp_rename operation.

    References: #109

  • [bug] [mysql] [sqlite] transactional_ddl flag for SQLite, MySQL dialects set to False. MySQL doesn’t support it, SQLite does but current pysqlite driver does not.

    References: #112

  • [bug] Autogenerate will render additional table keyword arguments like “mysql_engine” and others within op.create_table().

    References: #110

  • [bug] Fixed bug whereby create_index() would include in the constraint columns that are added to all Table objects using events, externally to the generation of the constraint. This is the same issue that was fixed for unique constraints in version 0.3.2.

  • [bug] Worked around a backwards-incompatible regression in Python3.3 regarding argparse; running “alembic” with no arguments now yields an informative error in py3.3 as with all previous versions. Courtesy Andrey Antukh.

  • [bug] A host of argument name changes within migration operations for consistency. Keyword arguments will continue to work on the old name for backwards compatibility, however required positional arguments will not:

    Operations.alter_column() - name -> new_column_name - old name will work for backwards compatibility.

    Operations.create_index() - tablename -> table_name - argument is positional.

    Operations.drop_index() - tablename -> table_name - old name will work for backwards compatibility.

    Operations.drop_constraint() - tablename -> table_name - argument is positional.

    Operations.drop_constraint() - type -> type_ - old name will work for backwards compatibility

    References: #104


  • [change] SQLAlchemy 0.6 is no longer supported by Alembic - minimum version is 0.7.3, full support is as of 0.7.9.


Released: Fri Jan 11 2013


  • [feature] Added a README.unittests with instructions for running the test suite fully.

    References: #96


  • [bug] [autogenerate] Fixed bug where autogenerate would fail if a Column to be added to a table made use of the “.key” paramter.

    References: #99

  • [bug] [sqlite] The “implicit” constraint generated by a type such as Boolean or Enum will not generate an ALTER statement when run on SQlite, which does not support ALTER for the purpose of adding/removing constraints separate from the column def itself. While SQLite supports adding a CHECK constraint at the column level, SQLAlchemy would need modification to support this. A warning is emitted indicating this constraint cannot be added in this scenario.

    References: #98

  • [bug] Added a workaround to to prevent “NoneType” error from occuring when “ test” is run.

    References: #96

  • [bug] Added an append_constraint() step to each condition within test_autogenerate:AutogenRenderTest.test_render_fk_constraint_kwarg if the SQLAlchemy version is less than 0.8, as ForeignKeyConstraint does not auto-append prior to 0.8.

    References: #96


Released: Sun Dec 9 2012


  • [feature] Explicit error message describing the case when downgrade –sql is used without specifying specific start/end versions.

    References: #66


  • [bug] Added support for autogenerate render of ForeignKeyConstraint options onupdate, ondelete, initially, and deferred.

    References: #92

  • [bug] Autogenerate will include “autoincrement=False” in the rendered table metadata if this flag was set to false on the source Column object.

    References: #94

  • [bug] Removed erroneous “emit_events” attribute from operations.create_table() documentation.

    References: #81

  • [bug] Fixed the minute component in file_template which returned the month part of the create date.


Released: Mon Oct 01 2012


  • [feature] Support for tables in alternate schemas has been added fully to all operations, as well as to the autogenerate feature. When using autogenerate, specifying the flag include_schemas=True to Environment.configure() will also cause autogenerate to scan all schemas located by Inspector.get_schema_names(), which is supported by some (but not all) SQLAlchemy dialects including Postgresql. Enormous thanks to Bruno Binet for a huge effort in implementing as well as writing tests. .

    References: #33

  • [feature] The command line runner has been organized into a reusable CommandLine object, so that other front-ends can re-use the argument parsing built in.

    References: #70

  • [feature] Added “stdout” option to Config, provides control over where the “print” output of commands like “history”, “init”, “current” etc. are sent.

    References: #43

  • [feature] Added support for alteration of MySQL columns that have AUTO_INCREMENT, as well as enabling this flag. Courtesy Moriyoshi Koizumi.


  • [bug] Fixed the “multidb” template which was badly out of date. It now generates revision files using the configuration to determine the different upgrade_<xyz>() methods needed as well, instead of needing to hardcode these. Huge thanks to BryceLohr for doing the heavy lifting here.

    References: #71

  • [bug] Fixed the regexp that was checking for .py files in the version directory to allow any .py file through. Previously it was doing some kind of defensive checking, probably from some early notions of how this directory works, that was prohibiting various filename patterns such as those which begin with numbers.

    References: #72

  • [bug] Fixed MySQL rendering for server_default which didn’t work if the server_default was a generated SQL expression. Courtesy Moriyoshi Koizumi.


Released: Wed Aug 15 2012


  • [feature] Added include_symbol option to EnvironmentContext.configure(), specifies a callable which will include/exclude tables in their entirety from the autogeneration process based on name.

    References: #27

  • [feature] Added year, month, day, hour, minute, second variables to file_template.

    References: #59

  • [feature] Added ‘primary’ to the list of constraint types recognized for MySQL drop_constraint().

  • [feature] Added –sql argument to the “revision” command, for the use case where the “revision_environment” config option is being used but SQL access isn’t desired.


  • [bug] Repaired create_foreign_key() for self-referential foreign keys, which weren’t working at all.

  • [bug] ‘alembic’ command reports an informative error message when the configuration is missing the ‘script_directory’ key.

    References: #63

  • [bug] Fixes made to the constraints created/dropped alongside so-called “schema” types such as Boolean and Enum. The create/drop constraint logic does not kick in when using a dialect that doesn’t use constraints for these types, such as postgresql, even when existing_type is specified to alter_column(). Additionally, the constraints are not affected if existing_type is passed but type_ is not, i.e. there’s no net change in type.

    References: #62

  • [bug] Improved error message when specifiying non-ordered revision identifiers to cover the case when the “higher” rev is None, improved message overall.

    References: #66


Released: Sun Jul 08 2012


  • [feature] Implemented SQL rendering for CheckConstraint() within autogenerate upgrade, including for literal SQL as well as SQL Expression Language expressions.


  • [bug] Fixed issue whereby reflected server defaults wouldn’t be quoted correctly; uses repr() now.

    References: #31

  • [bug] Fixed issue whereby when autogenerate would render create_table() on the upgrade side for a table that has a Boolean type, an unnecessary CheckConstraint() would be generated.

    References: #58


Released: Sat Jun 02 2012


  • [bug] Fixed command-line bug introduced by the “revision_environment” feature.


Released: Sat Jun 02 2012


  • [feature] New config argument “revision_environment=true”, causes to be run unconditionally when the “revision” command is run, to support templates with dependencies on custom “template_args”.

  • [feature] Added “template_args” option to configure() so that an can add additional arguments to the template context when running the “revision” command. This requires either –autogenerate or the configuration directive “revision_environment=true”.

  • [feature] Added version_table argument to EnvironmentContext.configure(), allowing for the configuration of the version table name.

    References: #34

  • [feature] Added support for “relative” migration identifiers, i.e. “alembic upgrade +2”, “alembic downgrade -1”. Courtesy Atsushi Odagiri for this feature.


  • [bug] Added “type” argument to op.drop_constraint(), and implemented full constraint drop support for MySQL. CHECK and undefined raise an error. MySQL needs the constraint type in order to emit a DROP CONSTRAINT.

    References: #44

  • [bug] Fixed bug whereby directories inside of the template directories, such as __pycache__ on Pypy, would mistakenly be interpreted as files which are part of the template.

    References: #49


Released: Mon Apr 30 2012


  • [feature] Basic support for Oracle added, courtesy shgoh.

    References: #40

  • [feature] Added support for UniqueConstraint in autogenerate, courtesy Atsushi Odagiri


  • [bug] Fixed support of schema-qualified ForeignKey target in column alter operations, courtesy Alexander Kolov.

  • [bug] Fixed bug whereby create_unique_constraint() would include in the constraint columns that are added to all Table objects using events, externally to the generation of the constraint.


Released: Sat Apr 07 2012


  • [bug] bulk_insert() fixes:

    1. bulk_insert() operation was not working most likely since the 0.2 series when used with an engine.
    2. Repaired bulk_insert() to complete when used against a lower-case-t table and executing with only one set of parameters, working around SQLAlchemy bug #2461 in this regard.
    3. bulk_insert() uses “inline=True” so that phrases like RETURNING and such don’t get invoked for single-row bulk inserts.
    4. bulk_insert() will check that you’re passing a list of dictionaries in, raises TypeError if not detected.

    References: #41


Released: Thu Apr 05 2012


  • [feature] Added a bit of autogenerate to the public API in the form of the function alembic.autogenerate.compare_metadata.


  • [general] The focus of 0.3 is to clean up and more fully document the public API of Alembic, including better accessors on the MigrationContext and ScriptDirectory objects. Methods that are not considered to be public on these objects have been underscored, and methods which should be public have been cleaned up and documented, including:

    MigrationContext.get_current_revision() ScriptDirectory.iterate_revisions() ScriptDirectory.get_current_head() ScriptDirectory.get_heads() ScriptDirectory.get_base() ScriptDirectory.generate_revision()


Released: Mon Mar 12 2012


  • [feature] Informative error message when op.XYZ directives are invoked at module import time.

  • [feature] Added execution_options parameter to op.execute(), will call execution_options() on the Connection before executing.

    The immediate use case here is to allow access to the new no_parameters option in SQLAlchemy 0.7.6, which allows some DBAPIs (psycopg2, MySQLdb) to allow percent signs straight through without escaping, thus providing cross-compatible operation with DBAPI execution and static script generation.

  • [feature] script_location can be interpreted by pkg_resources.resource_filename(), if it is a non-absolute URI that contains colons. This scheme is the same one used by Pyramid.

    References: #29

  • [feature] added missing support for onupdate/ondelete flags for ForeignKeyConstraint, courtesy Giacomo Bagnoli


  • [bug] Fixed inappropriate direct call to util.err() and therefore sys.exit() when Config failed to locate the config file within library usage.

    References: #35

  • [bug] Autogenerate will emit CREATE TABLE and DROP TABLE directives according to foreign key dependency order.

  • [bug] implement ‘tablename’ parameter on drop_index() as this is needed by some backends.

  • [bug] won’t install argparse if on Python 2.7/3.2

  • [bug] fixed a regression regarding an autogenerate error message, as well as various glitches in the Pylons sample template. The Pylons sample template requires that you tell it where to get the Engine from now. courtesy Marcin Kuzminski

    References: #30

  • [bug] drop_index() ensures a dummy column is added when it calls “Index”, as SQLAlchemy 0.7.6 will warn on index with no column names.


Released: Tue Jan 31 2012


  • [bug] Fixed the generation of CHECK constraint, regression from 0.2.0

    References: #26


Released: Mon Jan 30 2012


  • [feature] API rearrangement allows everything Alembic does to be represented by contextual objects, including EnvironmentContext, MigrationContext, and Operations. Other libraries and applications can now use things like “alembic.op” without relying upon global configuration variables. The rearrangement was done such that existing migrations should be OK, as long as they use the pattern of “from alembic import context” and “from alembic import op”, as these are now contextual objects, not modules.

    References: #19

  • [feature] The naming of revision files can now be customized to be some combination of “rev id” and “slug”, the latter of which is based on the revision message. By default, the pattern “<rev>_<slug>” is used for new files. New script files should include the “revision” variable for this to work, which is part of the newer scripts.

    References: #24

  • [feature] Can create alembic.config.Config with no filename, use set_main_option() to add values. Also added set_section_option() which will add sections.

    References: #23


  • [bug] templates call connection.close() to better support programmatic usage of commands; use NullPool in conjunction with create_engine() as well so that no connection resources remain afterwards.

    References: #25

  • [bug] fix the config.main() function to honor the arguments passed, remove no longer used “scripts/alembic” as setuptools creates this for us.

    References: #22

  • [bug] Fixed alteration of column type on MSSQL to not include the keyword “TYPE”.


Released: Wed Jan 04 2012


  • [feature] PyPy is supported.

  • [feature] Python 2.5 is supported, needs __future__.with_statement

  • [feature] Add alembic_module_prefix argument to configure() to complement sqlalchemy_module_prefix.

    References: #18


  • [bug] Clean up file write operations so that file handles are closed.

  • [bug] Fix autogenerate so that “pass” is generated between the two comments if no net migrations were present.

  • [bug] Fix autogenerate bug that prevented correct reflection of a foreign-key referenced table in the list of “to remove”.

    References: #16

  • [bug] Fix bug where create_table() didn’t handle self-referential foreign key correctly

    References: #17

  • [bug] Default prefix for autogenerate directives is “op.”, matching the mako templates.

    References: #18

  • [bug] fix quotes not being rendered in ForeignKeConstraint during autogenerate

    References: #14


Released: Wed Nov 30 2011
  • Initial release. Status of features:

  • Alembic is used in at least one production environment, but should still be considered ALPHA LEVEL SOFTWARE as of this release, particularly in that many features are expected to be missing / unimplemented. Major API changes are not anticipated but for the moment nothing should be assumed.

    The author asks that you please report all issues, missing features, workarounds etc. to the bugtracker.

  • Python 3 is supported and has been tested.

  • The “Pylons” and “MultiDB” environment templates have not been directly tested - these should be considered to be samples to be modified as needed. Multiple database support itself is well tested, however.

  • Postgresql and MS SQL Server environments have been tested for several weeks in a production environment. In particular, some involved workarounds were implemented to allow fully-automated dropping of default- or constraint-holding columns with SQL Server.

  • MySQL support has also been implemented to a basic degree, including MySQL’s awkward style of modifying columns being accommodated.

  • Other database environments not included among those three have not been tested, at all. This includes Firebird, Oracle, Sybase. Adding support for these backends should be straightforward. Please report all missing/ incorrect behaviors to the bugtracker! Patches are welcome here but are optional - please just indicate the exact format expected by the target database.

  • SQLite, as a backend, has almost no support for schema alterations to existing databases. The author would strongly recommend that SQLite not be used in a migration context - just dump your SQLite database into an intermediary format, then dump it back into a new schema. For dev environments, the dev installer should be building the whole DB from scratch. Or just use Postgresql, which is a much better database for non-trivial schemas. Requests for full ALTER support on SQLite should be reported to SQLite’s bug tracker at, as Alembic will not be implementing the “rename the table to a temptable then copy the data into a new table” workaround. Note that Alembic will at some point offer an extensible API so that you can implement commands like this yourself.

  • Well-tested directives include add/drop table, add/drop column, including support for SQLAlchemy “schema” types which generate additional CHECK constraints, i.e. Boolean, Enum. Other directives not included here have not been strongly tested in production, i.e. rename table, etc.

  • Both “online” and “offline” migrations, the latter being generated SQL scripts to hand off to a DBA, have been strongly production tested against Postgresql and SQL Server.

  • Modify column type, default status, nullable, is functional and tested across PG, MSSQL, MySQL, but not yet widely tested in production usage.

  • Many migrations are still outright missing, i.e. create/add sequences, etc. As a workaround, execute() can be used for those which are missing, though posting of tickets for new features/missing behaviors is strongly encouraged.

  • Autogenerate feature is implemented and has been tested, though only a little bit in a production setting. In particular, detection of type and server default changes are optional and are off by default; they can also be customized by a callable. Both features work but can have surprises particularly the disparity between BIT/TINYINT and boolean, which hasn’t yet been worked around, as well as format changes performed by the database on defaults when it reports back. When enabled, the PG dialect will execute the two defaults to be compared to see if they are equivalent. Other backends may need to do the same thing.

    The autogenerate feature only generates “candidate” commands which must be hand-tailored in any case, so is still a useful feature and is safe to use. Please report missing/broken features of autogenerate! This will be a great feature and will also improve SQLAlchemy’s reflection services.

  • Support for non-ASCII table, column and constraint names is mostly nonexistent. This is also a straightforward feature add as SQLAlchemy itself supports unicode identifiers; Alembic itself will likely need fixes to logging, column identification by key, etc. for full support here.