MySQL: The Main difference between InnoDB and MyISAM


  • InnoDB implements row-level.
  • InnoDB has better crash recovery option.
  • FULLTEXT Search indexes doesn’t support until v5.6.
  • Implemented transactions, foreign keys and relationship constraints.
  • ACID Properties is supported.
  • It has Buffer Pool to cache data and index pages.
  • You can take backup of InnoDB tables using just a snapshot of the filesystem.


  • MyISAM can do only a table-level lock.
  • FULLTEXT Search is supported.
  • The main mechanism used is the key cache. It only caches index pages from .MYI files.
  • ACID Properties is not supported.
  • COUNT(*) performance is very fast.
  • Supported high level table compression.
  • You require mysqldump to take backup of MyIsam table.

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