What is the difference between MariaDB and MySQL?

johnmth

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I'm exploring the differences between MariaDB and MySQL for my database needs. Beyond the initial fork from MySQL, what specific technical distinctions exist between the two? I'm particularly interested in aspects like performance optimizations, storage engines, compatibility, and community support. Any practical insights or real-world use cases that highlight these differences would be greatly appreciated.
 

Marc van Leeuwen

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MariaDB is a fork of MySQL, meaning it was created based on the original MySQL code. Both are open-source relational database management systems. MariaDB emphasizes performance enhancements and new features, while maintaining compatibility with MySQL. Both databases share many similarities, but MariaDB often incorporates additional optimizations and features, making it a popular choice for users seeking improved performance and scalability.
 
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