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Upgrade to 2.6

MINOR BC BREAK: URL-style DSN with percentage sign in password

URL-style DSNs (e.g. mysql://foo@bar:localhost/db) are now assumed to be percent-encoded in order to allow certain special characters in usernames, paswords and database names. If you are using a URL-style DSN and have a username, password or database name containing a percentage sign, you need to update your DSN. If your password is, say, foo%foo, it should be encoded as foo%25foo.

Upgrade to 2.5.1

MINOR BC BREAK: Doctrine\DBAL\Schema\Table

When adding indexes to Doctrine\DBAL\Schema\Table via addIndex() or addUniqueIndex(), duplicate indexes are not silently ignored/dropped anymore (based on semantics, not naming!). Duplicate indexes are considered indexes that pass isFullfilledBy() or overrules() in Doctrine\DBAL\Schema\Index. This is required to make the index renaming feature introduced in 2.5.0 work properly and avoid issues in the ORM schema tool / DBAL schema manager which pretends users from updating their schemas and migrate to DBAL 2.5.*. Additionally it offers more flexibility in declaring indexes for the user and potentially fixes related issues in the ORM. With this change, the responsibility to decide which index is a "duplicate" is completely deferred to the user. Please also note that adding foreign key constraints to a table via addForeignKeyConstraint(), addUnnamedForeignKeyConstraint() or addNamedForeignKeyConstraint() now first checks if an appropriate index is already present and avoids adding an additional auto-generated one eventually.

Upgrade to 2.5

BC BREAK: time type resets date fields to UNIX epoch

When mapping time type field to PHP's DateTime instance all unused date fields are reset to UNIX epoch (i.e. 1970-01-01). This might break any logic which relies on comparing DateTime instances with date fields set to the current date.

Use ! format prefix (see for parsing time strings to prevent having different date fields when comparing user input and DateTime instances as mapped by Doctrine.

BC BREAK: Doctrine\DBAL\Schema\Table

The methods addIndex() and addUniqueIndex() in Doctrine\DBAL\Schema\Table have an additional, optional parameter. If you override these methods, you should add this new parameter to the declaration of your overridden methods.

BC BREAK: Doctrine\DBAL\Connection

The visibility of the property $_platform in Doctrine\DBAL\Connection was changed from protected to private. If you have subclassed Doctrine\DBAL\Connection in your application and accessed $_platform directly, you have to change the code portions to use getDatabasePlatform() instead to retrieve the underlying database platform. The reason for this change is the new automatic platform version detection feature, which lazily evaluates the appropriate platform class to use for the underlying database server version at runtime. Please also note, that calling getDatabasePlatform() now needs to establish a connection in order to evaluate the appropriate platform class if Doctrine\DBAL\Connection is not already connected. Under the following circumstances, it is not possible anymore to retrieve the platform instance from the connection object without having to do a real connect:

  1. Doctrine\DBAL\Connection was instantiated without the platform connection parameter.
  2. Doctrine\DBAL\Connection was instantiated without the serverVersion connection parameter.
  3. The underlying driver is "version aware" and can provide different platform instances for different versions.
  4. The underlying driver connection is "version aware" and can provide the database server version without having to query for it.

If one of the above conditions is NOT met, there is no need for Doctrine\DBAL\Connection to do a connect when calling getDatabasePlatform().

datetime Type uses date_create() as fallback

Before 2.5 the DateTime type always required a specific format, defined in $platform->getDateTimeFormatString(), which could cause quite some troubles on platforms that had various microtime precision formats. Starting with 2.5 whenever the parsing of a date fails with the predefined platform format, the date_create() function will be used to parse the date.

This could cause some troubles when your date format is weird and not parsed correctly by date_create, however since databases are rather strict on dates there should be no problem.

Support for pdo_ibm driver removed

The pdo_ibm driver is buggy and does not work well with Doctrine. Therefore it will no longer be supported and has been removed from the Doctrine\DBAL\DriverManager drivers map. It is highly encouraged to to use ibm_db2 driver instead if you want to connect to an IBM DB2 database as it is much more stable and secure.

If for some reason you have to utilize the pdo_ibm driver you can still use the driverClass connection parameter to explicitly specify the Doctrine\DBAL\Driver\PDOIbm\Driver class. However be aware that you are doing this at your own risk and it will not be guaranteed that Doctrine will work as expected.

Upgrade to 2.4


If you have custom classes that implement the constraint interface, you have to implement an additional method getQuotedColumns now. This method is used to build proper constraint SQL for columns that need to be quoted, like keywords reserved by the specific platform used. The method has to return the same values as getColumns only that those column names that need quotation have to be returned quoted for the given platform.

Upgrade to 2.3

Oracle Session Init now sets Numeric Character

Before 2.3 the Oracle Session Init did not care about the numeric character of the Session. This could lead to problems on non english locale systems that required a comma as a floating point seperator in Oracle. Since 2.3, using the Oracle Session Init on connection start the client session will be altered to set the numeric character to ".,":


See DBAL-345 for more details.

Doctrine\DBAL\Connection and Doctrine\DBAL\Statement

The query related methods including but not limited to executeQuery, exec, query, and executeUpdate now wrap the driver exceptions such as PDOException with DBALException to add more debugging information such as the executed SQL statement, and any bound parameters.

If you want to retrieve the driver specific exception, you can retrieve it by calling the getPrevious() method on DBALException.


catch(\PDOException $ex) {
    // ...


catch(\Doctrine\DBAL\DBALException $ex) {
    $pdoException = $ex->getPrevious();
    // ...

Doctrine\DBAL\Connection#setCharsetSQL() removed

This method only worked on MySQL and it is considered unsafe on MySQL to use SET NAMES UTF-8 instead of setting the charset directly on connection already. Replace this behavior with the connection charset option:


$conn = DriverManager::getConnection(array(..));


$conn = DriverManager::getConnection(array('charset' => 'UTF8', ..));

Doctrine\DBAL\Schema\Table#renameColumn() removed

Doctrine\DBAL\Schema\Table#renameColumn() was removed, because it drops and recreates the column instead. There is no fix available, because a schema diff cannot reliably detect if a column was renamed or one column was created and another one dropped.

You should use explicit SQL ALTER TABLE statements to change columns names.

Schema Filter paths

The Filter Schema assets expression is not wrapped in () anymore for the regexp automatically.





Creating MySQL Tables now defaults to UTF-8

If you are creating a new MySQL Table through the Doctrine API, charset/collate are now set to 'utf8'/'utf8_unicode_ci' by default. Previously the MySQL server defaults were used.

Upgrade to 2.2

Doctrine\DBAL\Connection#insert and Doctrine\DBAL\Connection#update

Both methods now accept an optional last parameter $types with binding types of the values passed. This can potentially break child classes that have overwritten one of these methods.


Doctrine\DBAL\Connection#executeQuery() got a new last parameter "QueryCacheProfile $qcp"

Doctrine\DBAL\Driver\Statement split

The Driver statement was split into a ResultStatement and the normal statement extending from it. This separates the configuration and the retrieval API from a statement.

MsSql Platform/SchemaManager renamed

The MsSqlPlatform was renamed to SQLServerPlatform, the MsSqlSchemaManager was renamed to SQLServerSchemaManager.

Cleanup SQLServer Platform version mess

DBAL 2.1 and before were actually only compatible to SQL Server 2008, not earlier versions. Still other parts of the platform did use old features instead of newly introduced datatypes in SQL Server 2005. Starting with DBAL 2.2 you can pick the Doctrine abstraction exactly matching your SQL Server version.

The PDO SqlSrv driver now uses the new SQLServer2008Platform as default platform. This platform uses new features of SQL Server as of version 2008. This also includes a switch in the used fields for "text" and "blob" field types to:

"text" => "VARCHAR(MAX)"
"blob" => "VARBINARY(MAX)"

Additionally SQLServerPlatform in DBAL 2.1 and before used "DATE", "TIME" and "DATETIME2" for dates. This types are only available since version 2008 and the introduction of an explicit SQLServer 2008 platform makes this dependency explicit.

An SQLServer2005Platform was also introduced to differentiate the features between versions 2003, earlier and 2005.

With this change the SQLServerPlatform now throws an exception for using limit queries with an offset, since SQLServer 2003 and lower do not support this feature.

To use the old SQL Server Platform, because you are using SQL Server 2003 and below use the following configuration code:

use Doctrine\DBAL\DriverManager;
use Doctrine\DBAL\Platforms\SQLServerPlatform;
use Doctrine\DBAL\Platforms\SQLServer2005Platform;

// You are using SQL Server 2003 or earlier
$conn = DriverManager::getConnection(array(
    'driver' => 'pdo_sqlsrv',
    'platform' => new SQLServerPlatform()
    // .. additional parameters

// You are using SQL Server 2005
$conn = DriverManager::getConnection(array(
    'driver' => 'pdo_sqlsrv',
    'platform' => new SQLServer2005Platform()
    // .. additional parameters

// You are using SQL Server 2008
$conn = DriverManager::getConnection(array(
    'driver' => 'pdo_sqlsrv',
    // 2008 is default platform
    // .. additional parameters