Oracle to start charging for MySQL – Standard edition @ 2000 USD

MySQL Editions

MySQL is the world’s most popular open source database. Whether you are a fast growing web property, technology ISV or large enterprise, MySQL can cost-effectively help you deliver high performance, scalable database applications.

MySQL is available in multiple editions to meet your business and technical requirements:

  MySQL Classic Edition MySQL Standard Edition MySQL Enterprise Edition MySQL Cluster Carrier Grade Edition
Annual Subscription2,3,4,5,6
/1-4 Socket Server /Year
N/A USD 2,000 USD 5,000 USD 10,000
MySQL Database ? ? ? ?
MySQL Connectors ? ? ? ?
MySQL Replication ? ? ? ?
MySQL Partitioning     ? ?
MySQL Workbench SE1   ? ? ?
Storage Engine: MyISAM ? ? ? ?
Storage Engine: InnoDB   ? ? ?
Storage Engine: NDB       ?
MySQL Enterprise Monitor1     ? ?
MySQL Enterprise Backup1     ? ?
MySQL Cluster Manager1       ?
MySQL Cluster Geo-Replication       ?

Oracle has started charging a fees for most editions of the once free and open source MySQL server. Wonder what effect it’ll have on startups that chose MySQL just because of the cost advantage.

Posted via email from Sijin Joseph


  1. You mean they dropped InnoDB from all free editions? First Java, now MySQL, Oracle isn’t playing their cards right. Sounds like an excellent time to switch to PostgreSQL and alternate database’s (MongoDB, Redis) depending on what you’re building.

  2. Switch to Postrgres, I suppose. Darn.

    Now, all that code that’s already out there as FOSS, it’s still out there as FOSS, right? How do they expect to make this work?
    I mean, once code is GPL, it is protected against becoming proprietary.
    Sure, they can charge for support, for media, etc. But they can’t really charge for code that’s already in the hands of the community, so to speak.
    And anyone could fork from that code.
    Or, as mentioned above, just switch to PostgreSQL, but it seems a lot more stuff is already running with MySQL (like all my webstuff).

    Oh, but look
    The “community edition” (ie GPL) is still free, and includes the InnoDB stuff, even.


  3. This seems like a great example how using the Singleton pattern for connections and a data access class/layer will help our applications stay adaptable for when the back-end needs to be swapped out. Boo lock-in.