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Published February 15, 2024

Update Schema Content using Latest Sanity Migration Tool

By Surjith S M

Upgrading content changes is a mess in sanity. But no more, using the latest sanity migration tool, we can easily migrate data / content / schema easily. Let's start.

First, upgrade sanity and @sanity/cli to the latest version.

Run the following code inside your project folder

npm install sanity@latest
# or
pnpm install sanity@latest

Make sure you upgade, otherwise you would get error like: "migration" is not a sanity command. This error will happen if you installed sanity globally. You should be upgrading inside the project as well. To confirm run sanity debug and make sure sanity package is latest.

Creating New Migration

Now, let's create new migration by running the following command

sanity migration create

Once you run the command, it will ask you to create a name and choose a default code. Choose any and finish. A new `migrations` folder will be added to your root folder or inside studio folder.

Now, you can open the file and modify the code. Here's a sample code I have added to upgrade zip code content from string to number.

import { defineMigration, at, set } from "sanity/migrate";

export default defineMigration({
  name: "Upgrade zip code string to number",
  title: "zip-code",
  documentTypes: ["post"],
  migrate: {
    document(doc, context) {
      return [at("zip", set(Number(doc.zip)))];

I'll explain what's going on in the above code.

First, we import the `defineMigration` from `sanity/migrate`. Then you can add a human-readable name if you want. This is optional.

title & documentTypes will be asked while creating migration from the above command, if you skip that, just add it.

Now, inside migration, we run a loop inside document and we says whenever it matches zip using at("zip") and we add an dditional argument to set new value. It could be your logic or result, here I simply used Number() from javascript to replace the current one using doc.zip.

Running the migration

Now, that we have the migration setup, let's run the migration using the following code.

First, we will test if our changes are good without actually applying the migration. Sanity by default run in this mode so no files are actually touched.

sanity migration run <migration-name>
# eg:
sanity migration run zip-code

Once you are satisfied with the results, run the following code to make the changes.

sanity migration run <migration-name> --no-dry-rum
# eg:
sanity migration run zip-code --no-dry-rum

Done. That's it. The sanity schema content will be migrated now.

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