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Schema Diff

Schema Diff is a feature that allows you to compare objects between two databases. Use the Tools menu to access Schema Diff.

The Schema Diff feature allows you to:

  • Compare and synchronize the database objects (from source to target).

  • Visualize the differences between database objects.

  • List the differences in SQL statement for target database objects.

  • Generate synchronization scripts.

Note - The source and target database servers must be of the same major version.

Click on Schema Diff under the Tools menu to open a selection panel. Choose the source and target servers, and databases that will be compared. After selecting the objects, click on the Compare button.

You can open multiple copies of Schema Diff in individual tabs simultaneously. To close a copy of Schema Diff, click the X in the upper-right hand corner of the tab bar.

schema diff dialog

Use the Preferences dialog to specify if Schema Diff should open in a new browser tab. Set Open in new browser tab option to true.

The Schema Diff panel is divided into two panels; an Object Comparison panel and a DDL Comparison panel.

The Schema Diff Object Comparison Panel

In the object comparison panel, you can select the source and target servers of the same major version, and databases to be compared. You can select any server listed under the browser tree whether it is connected or disconnected. If you select a server that is not connected then it will prompt you for the password before using the server.

Next, select the databases that will be compared. The databases can be the same or different (and within the same server or from different servers).

Schema diff compare button

After you select servers, and databases, click on the Compare button to obtain the Comparison Result.

Schema diff comparison results

Use the drop-down lists of Database Objects to view the DDL statements.

In the upper-right hand corner of the object comparison panel is a Filter option that you can use to filter the database objects based on the following comparison criteria:

  • Identical – If the object is found in both databases with the same SQL statement, then the comparison result is identical.

  • Different – If the object is found in both databases but have different SQL statements, then the comparison result is different.

  • Source Only – If the object is found in source database only and not in target database, then the comparison result is source only.

  • Target Only – If the object is found in target database only and not in source database, then the comparison result is target only.

Schema diff filter option

Click on any of the database objects in the object comparison panel to display the DDL Statements of that object in the DDL Comparison panel.

Schema Diff DDL Comparison Panel

The DDL Comparison panel displays three columns:

  • The first column displays the DDL statement of the object from the source database.

  • The second column displays the DDL statement of the object from the target database.

  • The third column displays the difference in the SQL statement of the target database object.

Schema diff DDL comparison

You can review the DDL statements of all the database objects to check for the differences in the SQL statements.

Also, you can generate the SQL script of the differences found in the target database object based on the SQL statement of the source database object. To generate the script, select the checkboxes of the database objects in the object comparison panel and then click on the Generate Script button in the upper-right hand corner of the object comparison panel.

Select the database objects and click on the Generate Script button to open the Query Tool in a new tab, with the difference in the SQL statement displayed in the Query Editor.

If you have clicked on the database object to check the difference generated in the DDL Comparison Panel, and you have not selected the checkbox of the database object, pgAdmin will open the Query Tool in a new tab, with the differences in the SQL statements displayed in the Query Editor.

You can also use the Copy button to copy the difference generated in the DDL Comparison panel.

Schema diff generate script query editor

Apply the SQL Statement in the target database to synchronize the databases.