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What is MariaDB?

Published on January 19, 2021 · Updated on January 19, 2021
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By Mark Drake
Manager, Developer Education
What is MariaDB?

MariaDB is an open-source relational database management system. As with other relational databases, MariaDB stores data in tables made up of rows and columns. Users can define, manipulate, control, and query data using Structured Query Language, more commonly known as SQL.

MariaDB is a fork of MySQL, and thus the two share many features and design choices. Interestingly, MariaDB’s lead developer is Michael Widenius — the original author of MySQL — and MariaDB is named after Widenius’s younger daughter Maria, similar to how MySQL is named after his older daughter, My.

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