How To Rollback Migrations in CakePHP 4 Tutorial

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Inside this article we will see How to rollback migrations in cakephp 4. Article contains classified information about rollback migrations step by step using CakePHP CLI command.

Migrations are those files which creates table schema for application. When we create migrations in CakePHP application it stores inside /config/Migrations folder.

Let’s assume few migrations in application for products, employees, devices.

When we run either migrate for migrations or rollback, status command keep tracks of all activity. This is because it uses phinxlog behind the scene.

Application generates a default table phinxlog in database when run migrations in application. This table stores the migrations which we have migrated in database.

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Let’s get started.

What is a Rollback Process?

Rollback process means revert the current changes of application. In terms of database, latest migrations what migrated and created tables will be rollback and drop that tables.

In this CakePHP 4, we have bake console command available to do rollback. Rollback process always do – Revert one step back. It uses migration ID while doing so.

CakePHP 4 Installation

To create a CakePHP project, run this command into your shell or terminal. Make sure composer should be installed in your system.

$ composer create-project --prefer-dist cakephp/app:~4.0 mycakephp

Above command will creates a project with the name called mycakephp.

Database Connection

Open app_local.php file from /config folder. Search for Datasources. Go to default array of it.

You can add your connection details here to connect with your database. It will be like this –


'Datasources' => [
        'default' => [
            'host' => 'localhost',
             * CakePHP will use the default DB port based on the driver selected
             * MySQL on MAMP uses port 8889, MAMP users will want to uncomment
             * the following line and set the port accordingly
            //'port' => 'non_standard_port_number',

            'username' => 'root',
            'password' => 'sample@123',

            'database' => 'mydatabase',
             * If not using the default 'public' schema with the PostgreSQL driver
             * set it here.
            //'schema' => 'myapp',

             * You can use a DSN string to set the entire configuration
            'url' => env('DATABASE_URL', null),


You can pass host, username, password and database.

Successfully, you are now connected with the database.

Process of Rollback

Here, in this image we can see we have 3 different migrations for 3 different table schema.

Migrations for these tables and they successfully migrated into database. We can see the migration status is in “up”.

  • Products
  • Employee
  • Devices

According to Migration ID – CreateDevices > CreateEmployeesTable > CreateProducts

Above is the order of Rollback.

Step #1

$ bin/cake migrations rollback

We can see CreateDevices rollback now, It’s status is now “down”.

Step #2

$ bin/cake migrations rollback

Process of rollback always reverts the single status of migration in order by migration ID.

Rollback Upto Specific Migration Version

If we want to rollback all migrations upto a specific migration version (Migration Id), we can do. Specified migration id will be excluded.

According to above example, this is order as per migration id for rollback.

CreateDevices (20220220015142) > CreateEmployeesTable (20220219025842) > CreateProducts (20220217021429)

Rollback upto specific migration version

$ bin/cake migrations rollback -t 20220217021429

We can see 20220217021429 is the Migration ID of CreateProducts migration. Once we execute above command it will rollback all migration upto that version in order of descending. Specified migration ID will be excluded from rollback list.

For more about datatypes and other information of migration you can click here for official document.

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