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We performed a comparison between PostgreSQL and SQLite based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Open Source Databases solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed PostgreSQL vs. SQLite report (Updated: September 2022).
633,184 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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"Scalable, stable, and easy to manage database system, with a straightforward installation.""Initial setup is simple.""It is easy to install and easy to manage. There is no license on it, so it is free. There is high compatibility with Oracle, and there are many tools for the migration of data from Oracle to Postgre.""The solution is open-source and free to use.""The performance is good.""Postgres is rock solid when deployed according to best practices as documented by the PostgreSQL community. When it's installed correctly, PostgreSQL is an enterprise-grade solution.""It is easy to use.""What I like is that it's quite powerful in terms of performance."

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"The product is lightweight and highly scalable."

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"I had some issues when I integrated with the Jupyter Notebook.""Instead of the installation agent downloading all the packages for the install, it should allow the user to download the packages separately on their own to do the install.""I'm not really able to customize it.""It would be good to have machine learning functionality in this solution, similar to Microsoft SQL Server and other solutions. Machine learning capability for a basic level or a common user would be useful. It can also have good reporting capabilities.""PostgreSQL could improve by adding data warehousing tools.""It would be great if the solution offered even more integration capabilities.""When you get a large number of records in a database and start doing various queries, it can adversely impact the performance of the live running systems. That's an area we continue to look at and mean to improve, but it is not only because of PostgreSQL. It is also because of the way the schemas are put together, and certain events are triggered. So, it is because of both parties.""The interface could be much better."

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"The performance could be better."

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  • "Affordable solution."
  • "It is free. There is no license on it."
  • "It is also open-source so it is free."
  • "PostgreSQL is a free and open-source database."
  • "It is free, but if you need support, you can go for the commercial version called EnterpriseDB. They provide paid support, and they can even do hosting for you if you want standby and support."
  • "It is open-source. If you use it on-premise, it is free. It also has enterprise or commercial versions. If you go for the cloud version, there will be a cost, but it is lower than Oracle or Microsoft."
  • "The solution requires a license."
  • "We do not pay for licensing."
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    Top Answer:PostgreSQL was designed in a way that provides you with not only a high degree of flexibility but also offers you a cheap and easy-to-use solution. It gives you the ability to redesign and audit your… more »
    Top Answer:Scalable, stable, and easy to manage database system, with a straightforward installation.
    Top Answer:The solution is open-source. While you have to pay for it, for Postgre, you have to pay for consultancy and implementation. There is professional support, however, I'm not aware of the pricing for it… more »
    Top Answer:The product is lightweight and highly scalable.
    Top Answer:The solution is open-source. You do not have to pay for it in order to use it.
    Top Answer:It's not a very fast product. The performance could be better. That said, for what we have to do, it doesn't really affect us much.
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    PostgreSQL is a powerful and fully-featured database management system with which business owners can create object relational tables. It is an open source project that can be acquired for free and heavily focuses on elements such as extensibility and strict standard compliance. PostgreSQL is a flexible server system that can manage large workloads that are being contributed and accessed from a wide range of locations such as in a network, as well as small-scale projects like a single machine or user.

    Some technical details of interest about PostgreSQL include:

    • Its MVCC (Multi-inversion concurrency control) allows fluid changes to be made to the system without cumbersome roadblocks, while maintaining the optimal level of ACID.
    • Replication, built-in binary replication is available from the 9.0 version and later.
    • It offers a wide range of indexing capabilities, including B-tree and hash indexes, as well as GIN and GiST (generalized inverted indexes and generalized search trees).
    • It uses procedural languages that make it easier for developers to expand the database.
    SQLite is a software library that implements a self-contained, serverless, zero-configuration, transactional SQL database engine
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    Sample Customers
    Hundreds of companies have used PostgreSQL, including the University of Alabama, Birmingham, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, Champion Products, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the U.S. Agency for Disease Control and Prevention, and
    Oracle, Bloomberg, Bentley, Mozilla
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Comms Service Provider39%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Media Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise34%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise30%
    Large Enterprise55%
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    PostgreSQL is ranked 2nd in Open Source Databases with 39 reviews while SQLite is ranked 5th in Open Source Databases with 1 review. PostgreSQL is rated 8.2, while SQLite is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of PostgreSQL writes "Can be clustered which allows for fault tolerance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SQLite writes "Lightweight, easy to set up, and free to use". PostgreSQL is most compared with Firebird SQL, MariaDB, MySQL, EDB Postgres Advanced Server and Percona Server, whereas SQLite is most compared with Firebird SQL, MariaDB, Oracle Berkeley DB and MySQL.

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