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Project Structure

Project Files

Project files provide a convenient way to describe and interact with multiple environments when working with Atlas. A project file is a file named atlas.hcl and contains one or more env blocks. For example:

// Define an environment named "local"
env "local" {
// Declare where the schema definition resides.
// Also supported:
// src = "./dir/with/schema"
// src = ["multi.hcl", "file.hcl"]
src = "./project/schema.hcl"

// Define the URL of the database which is managed in
// this environment.
url = "mysql://localhost:3306"

// Define the URL of the Dev Database for this environment
// See:
dev = "mysql://localhost:3307"

// The schemas in the database that are managed by Atlas.
schemas = ["users", "admin"]

env "dev" {
// ... a different env

Once defined, a project's environment can be worked against using the --env flag. For example:

atlas schema apply --env local

Will run the schema apply command against the database that is defined for the local environment.

Projects with Versioned Migrations

Environments may declare a migration block to configure how versioned migrations work in the specific environment:

env "local" {
// ..
migration {
// URL where the migration directory resides. Only filesystem directories
// are currently supported but more options will be added in the future.
dir = "file://migrations"
// Format of the migration directory: atlas | flyway | liquibase | goose | golang-migrate
format = atlas

Once defined, migrate commands can use this configuration, for example:

$ atlas migrate validate --env local

Will run the migrate validate command against the Dev Database defined in the local environment.

Passing Input Values

Project files may pass input values to variables defined in the Atlas schema of the environment. To do this simply provide additional attributes to the environment block:

env "local" {
url = "sqlite://test?mode=memory&_fk=1"
src = "schema.hcl"

// Other attributes are passed as input values to "schema.hcl":
tenant = "rotemtam"

These values can then be consumed by variables defined in the schema file:

variable "tenant" {
type = string
schema "main" {
name = var.tenant

Project Input Variables

Project files may also declare input variables that can be supplied to the CLI at runtime. For example:

variable "tenant" {
type = string

env "local" {
url = "sqlite://test?mode=memory&_fk=1"
src = "schema.hcl"

// The value for "tenant" is determined by the user at runtime.
tenant = var.tenant

To set the value for this variable at runtime, use the --var flag:

$ atlas schema apply --env local --var tenant=rotemtam

It is worth mentioning that when running Atlas commands within a project using the --env flag, all input values supplied at the command-line are passed only to the project file, and not propagated automatically to children schema files. This is done with the purpose of creating an explicit contract between the environment and the schema file.