SQLite vs MySQL

  • A flat-file database would use “flat” files, e.g. fixed-record or CSV
  • SQLite stores data in structured files with indexes.  an embedded database which has no network capabilities (unless you add them).  It’s a small library which runs SQL on local files (using locking to ensure that multiple processes don’t screw the file up).
  • MySQL is a normal database. a standalone database.You don’t embed the database engine of MySQL inside your app because it is too big; rather, you access the database via a running instance over some access interface, and doesn’t require a host application of any sort.


  1. SQLite is no less “relational” than MySQL.
  2. SQLite is great for testing and prototyping, or for embedding in applications.  MySQL is worthy of (large scale) production environments.
  3. SQLite is appropriate for sites that get up to 100k hits/day. SQLite is used by Google, Adobe, Mozilla, Opera and many others.
  4. SQLite:
    • easier to setup
    • great for temporary (testing databases)
    • great for rapid development
    • great for embedding in an application
    • not fit for production (in large scale)
    • doesn’t have user management
    • doesn’t have many performance features
    • doesn’t scale well.


    • far more difficult/complex to set up
    • better options for performance tuning
    • fit for a production database
    • can scale well if tuned properly
    • can manage users, permissions, etc.

Situations Where SQLite Works Well


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