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PostgreSQL vs MySQL – Detailed Comparison

I bet you that you are very excited about this fierce faceoff between PostgreSQL and MySQL but, before taking you to the battle between PostgreSQL vs MySQL, let me enlighten you about databases. Databases are the types of storage provided over the web where you can store data safely and in a very well-organized manner. The whole lineage of databases are divided into two part, either they can be SQL-based or NoSQL based.

Let’s quickly do the pre-launch systems check and get you ready for the blast-off.  Concentration? Check! Dedication? Check! Interest? Check! Points to be pondered? Oh!

We forgot to check them, quickly check out the  points to be pondered upon and we are to liftoff to the world of databases.

Points to be pondered:

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What is meant by PostgreSQL?

What is meant by PostgreSQL?

Let’s first check the preparations of PostgreSQL, and what PostgreSQL has in its arsenal PostgreSQL, also known as Postgres. It is a type of powerful and popular database which falls under the category of ORDBMS (Object Relational Database Management System).

Well, it seems like PostgreSQL has some lethal pointers in its arsenal to win this one. But, we cannot judge just by looking at only one side of the faceoff. In the coming section, we are going to check what MySQL has to offer.

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What is meant by MySQL?

What is meant by MySQL?

MySQL is very trendy in the market. It is a type of database that belongs to RDBMS (Relational Database Management System) and it stores data in a tabular form, and the data stored is known as records.

I think MySQL also has similar services as that Postgres, I didn’t notice much difference. What do you think?

Let’s hop forward and check out other parameters to predict the winner of the faceoff.

Why do we use MySQL?

Why do we use MySQL?

In this section, we will check other parameters to predict the winner of the battle day, it’s still a long way to go. MySQL is very popular among developers, check out the below-mentioned reasons.

Whoa! That’s too much to offer  by a single tech, don’t you think? Without wasting a second let’s take a look at PostgreSQL’s campsite.

Why do we use PostgreSQL?

Why do we use PostgreSQL?

PostgreSQL has still not managed to outshine its competitors specifically MySQL despite its exceptional features. Most of the features of both the parties are same.

Below you can find the points on which PostgreSQL is preferred, a pointer that is similar to that of MySQL is also mentioned. Don’t look at them as similarities between both parties, just look at them as features of PostgreSQL.

Don’t you think it is not giving much clarity? Both of them still have similar differences. Let’s directly hope on the detailed differences which will make a crystal clear difference to you about each one of them.

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PostgreSQL vs MySQL: Differences

PostgreSQL vs MySQL: Difference

Below mentioned are the detailed differences between PostgreSQL and MySQL which will help us to decide who is the winner of this faceoff:

  Parameters PostgreSQL MySQL
1 Open source PostgreSQL is a type of open source database, which is licensed under PostgreSQL license. MySQL is a type of open-source database, which is licensed under GNU general public license.
2 Type of Database PostgreSQL is based on ORDBMS. MySQL is based on RDBMS.
3 Written in The initial development of PostgreSQL is done in C programming language, and later on, updates components are developed in various procedural languages. The initial, as well as the latest development of MySQL, is done in C programming language and CPP programming language.
4 GUI tool provided The GUI tool is called as PgAdmin. The GUI of MySQL is called MySQL Workbench.
5 SQL compliance PostgreSQL shows almost complete compliance with SQL. MySQL shows partial compliance with SQL. Concepts like check constraints are not supported.
6 Data types supported PostgreSQL supports advanced data types like user-defined types, arrays, etc. MySQL only supports standard data types like numbers, char, etc, no support for advanced data types is present.
7 Troubleshooting Troubleshooting PostgreSQL is difficult compared to MySQL. Troubleshooting MySQL is very easy compared to any other competitor present.
8 Scalability PostgreSQL provides a highly scalable system for complex queries and data. For simpler data, MySQL provides a highly scalable system but for complex data scalability is low.
9 Flexibility PostgreSQL is highly flexible with multiple technologies with the same yield, even with new emerging technologies. MySQL is flexible but it does not provide high flexibility, integration with new emerging technology is not possible.
10 Architecture The architecture on which PostgreSQL is built is very strong and powerful. The architecture on which MySQL is built is very simple and weaker than that of PostgreSQL.
11 Usage PostgreSQL is used for large systems where data is more complex. MySQL is usually used for web-based projects where the data used is simple.
12 MVCC supported Full support is provided by MVCC.   Partial/ Limited support is provided by MVCC.
13 Used by Netflix, Instagram, Groupon, etc Airbnb, Uber, Twitter, etc

We are about to declare the winner of the battle day. Both of the parties have performed well and showed exemplary performance throughout the whole process. Move to the next section to see who won.

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So now our journey comes to an end, we just spectate a fierce faceoff between both technologies. Both performed well but at the same time, both sides have similar weapons in their arsenal. It’s time to conclude the whole scene and move to the final section to conclude results.


Congratulations to make it to the last. We have seen a fierce faceoff between two renowned technologies, checked about them, and why to use them. MySQL and PostgreSQL are very popular databases and are preferred in their respective fields. PostgreSQL is still in the development phase but at the same time, PostgreSQL possesses qualities to outdo its competitors, which in nearby future can happen which is very similar to its competitor. We notice how PostgreSQL and MySQL have similar things to offer so it’s a tie.I hope that you learned something new and that we were able to be worth your time.

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