A data patch is a class that contains data modification instructions. It is defined in a <Vendor>/<Module_Name>/Setup/Patch/Data/<Patch_Name>.php file and implements \Magento\Framework\Setup\Patch\DataPatchInterface.
A schema patch contains custom schema modification instructions. These modifications can be complex. It is defined in a <Vendor>/<Module_Name>/Setup/Patch/Schema/<Patch_Name>.php file and implements \Magento\Framework\Setup\Patch\SchemaPatchInterface.
Unlike the declarative schema approach, patches will only be applied once. A list of applied patches is stored in the patch_list database table. An unapplied patch will be applied when running the setup:upgrade from the Magento CLI.
Optionally, if you plan to enable rollback for your patch during module uninstallation, then you must implement \Magento\Framework\Setup\Patch\PatchRevertableInterface.
The declarative schema approach removes the version from the setup_module table (in a backward compatible way), leaving only the Composer version. Therefore, you can create all new patches and modules without specifying a setup_module version.
The sequence of installing patches is handled through a dependency-based approach. Patches can either be independent or dependent on other patches. Independent patches can be installed in any sequence. A dependent patch requires a minimal number of patches so that it can be installed successfully.
To define a dependency in a patch, add the method public static function getDependencies()
to the patch class and return the class names of the patches this patch depends on. The dependency can be in any module.
The following code sample defines a data patch class that has a dependency.
Will old scripts work in newer versions?
Old scripts will work with new versions of Magento. However, if you want to convert your old scripts to the new format,
implement \Magento\Framework\Setup\Patch\PatchVersionInterface. This interface allows you to specify the setup version of the module in your database. If the version of the module is higher than the version specified in your patch, then the patch is skipped. If the version in the database is equal or lower, then the patch installs.