SQLite is a library that gets embedded inside the application that makes use of. SQLite offers an amazing set of tools to handle all sorts of data. As a self-contained, file-based database SQLite is ease compared to hosted, process based (server) relational databases. On the other hand MySQL is a popular large-scale database server. It is a open-source product that powers a lot of web-sites and applications online. To start with MySQL is relatively easy and developers have an access to a gigantic array of information regarding the database on the internet.

Supported Data Types

SQLite’s supports BLOB, NULL, INTEGER, TEXT and MySQL’s supports UMERIC, DATE, DATETIME, TIMESTAMP, NTINYTEXT, BLOB, TEXT, MEDIUMBLOB, MEDIUMTEXT,TIME, YEAR, CHAR, VARCHAR, TINYBLOB, TINYINT, SMALLINT, MEDIUMINT, INT or INTEGER, BIGINT, FLOAT, DOUBLE, DOUBLE DECIMAL, LONGBLOB, LONGTEXT, PRECISION, REAL, ENUM, and SET Both the SQLite and MYSQL’s have certain advantages.

SQLite is File based i.e. the database consist of single file on disk that makes it extremely portable and reliable. Although it might appear like a “simple” DB implementation SQL is used by SQLite. SQLite is meant to be great for both developing and testing. SQLite offer more than what is needed for development.

On the other hand MYSQL is very easy to work with i.e. it can be easily installed. The third party tools makes it a simple to start with database. MYSQL is enriched with features. It supports a lot of SQL function that is expected from RDBMS. MYSQL is secured that makes it highly advanced too. It can even handle a good amount of data and hence can be used” at scale”. As far as speed is concerned MYSQL work efficiently and effectively thus making it more successful?

Disadvantage of SQLite and MYSQL’s are discussed simultaneously:

No user management- The advance database comes up with support for the users. SQLite doesn’t support such features.
Lack of possibility to tinker with for additional performance- As far as the design are concerned, SQLite lacks the possibility to tinker with to obtain additional performances. The library is no doubt simple to tune and use. It is not complicated and as a result it is not possible to make more performance than it already had. As far as design is concerned MySQL doesn’t intent to do everything but yes it comes up with the functional limitation that some state of art app may require. MySQL is little less reliable as compare to RDBMSs. MySQL is an open source product, but there are complaints regarding the development process.

There are some queries regarding when to use SQLite and MySQL. These queries are discussed below
When to use SQLite?

  • All applications that requires portability and that don’t require the expansion
  • In cases where applications need to read or write files to disk directly can benefit from switching SQLite for extra functionality.

When to use MySQL?

  • Where high security features are required for data access
  • For websites that work on MySQL despite of some constraints. It comes out to be the scalable tool that is easy to manage.

Therefore both SQLite and MySQL are suitable at their places providing different functions.