MariaDB vs. MySQL - Benefits And Differences


In this blog, we will see the differences between MariaDB and MySQL and the advantages of MariaDB over MySQL.

MariaDB Server is the most popular open-source relational database. It is a community-developed fork of MySQL server.

MySQL is an open-source relational database management system (RDBMS) used on the web.

Here are some key benefits and differences between them.


MariaDB is fully GPL licensed.

MySQL takes a dual-license approach.


MariaDB queries are the same as  MySQL queries.


Selecting records from the table

  1. SELECT *   
  2. FROM table;  
  1. SELECT *   
  2. FROM table;  
Storage Engines

MariaDB has 12 different storage engines that you won't get in MySQL.

MySQL has fewer options for storage compared to MariaDB.


MariaDB gives an enhanced speed when compared to MySQL.

MySQL exhibits a slower speed when compared to MariaDB.

Cloud platforms

MariaDB is available on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Rackspace Cloud.

MySQL is available on all three platforms specified above while including available on Google Cloud’s platform, as a managed service.

Faster cache/indexes

With the Memory storage engine of MariaDB, an INSERT statement can be completed 24% faster than in the standard MySQL.

The memory storage engine of MySQL is slower related to the MariaDB.

New Features/Extensions

MariaDB works with different new features and extensions including the JSON, WITH, and KILL statements.

The above new MariaDB features are not provided in MySQL.

Data Handling

MariaDB can handle large-sized data easily.

MySQL can not handle large-sized data easily.

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