MySQL 5.6.36

Free and easy to install open-source database software

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MySQL 5.6.36
MySQL Alpha 6.0.0

MySQL is a software platform that allows a website to build a database of collected information from customers and potential customers.

Most websites that deal with large amounts of traffic are related to business or social media in some way, and that crossroads makes database creation and management an exceptionally vital tool in the online landscape. It doesn't really matter what sort of data you want to collect. You can collect data related usernames, general browsing info, email, polling, and much more. Some websites use systems like this to collect user data without the user's awareness, and others let the user know directly that they are being catalogued. In some cases, websites will give users a way to voluntarily provide their personal information so more advanced databases can be created.

MySQL is perhaps the most popular solution for database management and creation on the market, and it is already used by major online entities like Google, WordPress, and Facebook. There's no reason to suspect the software couldn't handle your specific database management needs when it can handle the ridiculous requirements of a platform like Facebook that stores tremendous amounts of user data in highly complex databases.

The reason for the widespread utility of MySQL isn't necessarily because of its superior functionality, but that does play a factor. The main reason for its massive appeal at a world-class level is that the software is completely free and open-source. This means is can be altered and updated by anyone in the community, and it has been around long enough for software experts and program developers to make major contributions. The software is more powerful and compatible with more systems than ever before.

Not only is the basic version of MySQL available for free, but there is also a free Community Server edition. This software can be installed on just about any website, but you will need a bit of moderately advanced knowledge in the field of website configuration. With that knowledge, taking advantage of this software is quite easy. With MySQL, you'll receive the strongest protection for your data from a system that performs at a high rate of efficiency. The open-source nature of the software means there is also a large network for online support from the community.

Most major websites that need database management of the highest caliber take advantage of the flexibility and speed found in MySQL. You won't be forced to commit to a specific database service or company, and the software is compatible with numerous platforms. Of course, the software isn't perfect. It's very dependent on add-ons for optimal performance, and you must find and install those yourself. There are some issues with the stability of the software under certain circumstances, and some of the alternative database systems offer more functionality. However, new sites tend to opt for MySQL since it's relatively easy, entirely free, and regularly updated.


  • Open-Source Freedom
  • Widespread Utility
  • Exceptionally Versatile


  • Add-On Dependent

MySQL is a popular open source database management system (RDBMS), used for adding, accessing, and processing data in a database. MySQL is most commonly used for Web applications and for embedded applications.


MySQL is a relational database and a client/server system. Among its best features is its ability to work on many different platforms and its support for many data types. Supported platforms include Apple Macintosh OS X, Linux, Microsoft Windows, and the countless Unix variants.

Standard SQL (Structured Query Language) is the database language supported by MySQL. SQL is a standardized language for querying and updating data and for the administration of a database. Tables can be mixed from different databases in the same query.

MySQL is considered a very fast database program. This speed has been captured by a large number of benchmark tests.


One of the most popular languages, MySQL is free to download and use from the MySQL website. It can be tailored to your needs in accordance with the general public license. It is a privilege and password system that is very flexible and secure, and that allows host-based verification.

Brief History

MySQL was purchased by Sun Microsystems in 2008. Oracle purchased Sun Microsystems (including MySQL) in 2009 for $7.5 billion. It was still the most popular open source database as of 2013.


  • Simple, fast, reliable and flexible
  • Ideal for both small and large applications
  • Open Source for anyone to use and modify
  • Supported by an active, worldwide user community
  • Ever increasing volume of users
  • Greater MySQL investment and innovation than ever before
  • A large volume of projects
  • Designed with a focus on the Web, Cloud, and Big Data


  • Not as mature as other RDMS and lacks certain features
  • Community-driven yet Oracle owns the product and final say
  • MySQL is mature and has increasing competition

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