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In this document, you’ll learn about what Migrations are, their purpose, how you can run them, and how you can create your own Migrations.


Medusa’s Migrations do not work with SQLite databases. They are intended to be used with PostgreSQL databases, which is the recommended Database for your Medusa production server.


Migrations are scripts that are used to make additions or changes to your database schema. In Medusa, they are essential for both when you first install your server and for subsequent server upgrades later on.

When you first create your Medusa server, the database schema used must have all the tables necessary for the server to run.

When a new Medusa version introduces changes to the database schema, you'll have to run migrations to apply them to your own database.


Migrations are used to apply changes to the database schema. However, there are some version updates of Medusa that require updating the data in your database to fit the new schema. Those are specific to each version and you should check out the version under Upgrade Guides for details on the steps.

How to Run Migrations

Migrations in Medusa can be done in one of two ways:

Migrate Command

Using the Medusa CLI tool, you can run migrations with the following command:

medusa migrations run

This will check for any migrations that contain changes to your database schema that aren't applied yet and run them on your server.

Seed Command

Seeding is the process of filling your database with data that is either essential or for testing and demo purposes. In Medusa, the seed command will run the migrations to your database if necessary before it seeds your database with dummy data.

You can use the following command to seed your database:

npm run seed

This will use the underlying seed command provided by Medusa's CLI to seed your database with data from the file data/seed.json on your Medusa server.

How to Create Migrations

In this section, you’ll learn how to create your own migrations using Typeorm. This will allow you to modify Medusa’s predefined tables or create your own tables.

Create Migration

To create a migration that makes changes to your Medusa schema, run the following command:

npx typeorm migration:create -n UserChanged --dir src/migrations

The migration file must be inside the src/migrations directory. When the build command is run, it will be transpiled into the directory dist/migrations. The migrations run command can only pick up migrations under the dist/migrations directory.

This will create the migration file in the path you specify. You can use this without the need to install Typeorm's CLI tool. You can then go ahead and make changes to it as necessary.


You can learn more about writing migrations in Typeorm’s Documentation.

Build Files

Before you can run the migrations you need to run the build command to transpile the TypeScript files to JavaScript files:

npm run build

Run Migration

The last step is to run the migration with the command detailed earlier

medusa migrations run

If you check your database now you should see that the change defined by the migration has been applied successfully.

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