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How to Fix "Migration failed to apply cleanly to the shadow database" in Prisma

Published May 12, 2021

I ran into an error while using Prisma earlier today. I made an update to my Prisma schema and used Prisma Migrate to keep it in sync with my database schema.

I ran the following command.

npx prisma migrate dev --preview-feature

This resulted in the following error.

Migration `20210512184650_remove_user_table` 
failed to apply cleanly to the shadow database.

Generally, we have two options for synchronizing our Prisma and database schema.

We can either use Prisma Migrate or db push.

If we are just prototyping and working in a development environment, we can use db push in order to prioritize the actual schema synchronization over the generated migration files.

npx prisma db push --preview-feature

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