Automating database deployments is a complex topic and often the final step in an automated CI/CD pipeline. In this section, we aim to provide you with as much information as possible to get you started.

We have also written a series of blog posts on the topic:

Third-party tools

Octopus Deploy integrates with several third-party database tools:

Before those tools can run, they need to be configured to run as a specific database account that has permission to make schema changes.

Learn more about configuration settings.

Common deployment process patterns

There is a learning curve with adopting automated database deployments, and that can lead to quite a bit of trepidation, especially when combined with the fact databases are the lifeblood of most applications. There are some common deployment patterns you can adopt to build trust and level-up tooling knowledge quickly.

Learn more about common patterns.

Databases servers

Octopus Deploy is database server agnostics; it calls the command-line interface (CLI) of the tool of your choice. The database server you use (SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, etc.), will determine which tool you can choose.

SQL Server

If you are deploying to SQL Server, see the SQL Server section.


Oracle might be complicated, but that doesn’t mean its deployments have to be. We have some guides to help you get going.


MySQL is one of the most popular databases in the world. Even better, it is free and open-source. It is used to power websites that get millions of views per day. We’ve started building out our guides to help you deploy to it.

Advanced topics

Automating database deployments is often the final piece of a fully automated CI/CD pipeline. The next thought is, “what else can I do?” We’ve written some blog posts to help out with the “what next?” question.

Learn more

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Page updated on Sunday, January 1, 2023