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Announcing the Top Rated Open-Source Database Software for 2019

Alan Cooke, Researcher at TrustRadius
Alan Cooke
August 28, 2019
Awards, IT & Development

Announcing the Top Rated Open-Source Database Software for 2019

We are excited to announce the Top Rated Open-Source Database Software for 2019! Top Rated awards showcase today’s top-of-the-line product in Open-Source Database Software based solely on positive user feedback and satisfaction scores. These awards make the voice of the market the primary decider into the industry’s best products.

Top Rated awards are the most trusted in the industry because they are never influenced by analyst opinion, the vendor’s size, popularity, or status as a TrustRadius customer. So without further ado…

Here are the winners:


MySQL TRScore |

MySQL is owned and supported by Oracle, yet remains open source and its community edition is free. The Community Edition of MySQL supports the development of relational and NoSQL applications. With MySQL Document Store developers can work with schema-less documents (e.g. JSON), alongside data in tables with rows and columns, flexibly. MySQL Workbench provides a visual tool for data modeling, and other purposes. On TrustRadius, MySQL is the most commonly reviewed open-source database, by users from companies of all sizes. Reviewers enjoy that it is open-source yet frequently patched, very well documented and energetically supported by its large and active community.

“We implemented MySQL as part of a LAMP stack for a new website we launched which was an Education management system that we custom built to serve our needs… We researched what the best solution was going to be and all roads pointed us to build a website using MySQL as the backend database because of its versatility and customization capabilities… Since MySQL has such a vast and global user base, that had a huge impact on the choice of MySQL. I saw so many examples of MySQL users helping each other out when they were experiencing a problem, requesting new features, or asking how to do certain things. See that super active community helped put me over the edge in choosing MySQL.”

Andrew Shannon | Digital Services Manager | Education Management


MongoDB TRScore |

MongoDB is a NoSQL document-oriented open-source database that is free to use on the Community Edition (a commercial Enterprise Edition is also available). It stores data in JSON-like documents which provide different means and flexibility when working with database objects than standard relational databases. MongoDB provides tools to support users of its database, such as MongoDB Compass GUI for exploration and data visualization, Ops Manager for deploying and monitoring MongoDB, as well as analytics connectors and tools. TrustRadius reviewers of MongoDB come from companies of all sizes. MongoDB reviewers point out how easy it is to set up and learn its simple query language, and praise its excellence for storing and managing a high volume of raw or unstructured data.

“MongoDB powers our web platform, internal tools, and anything else we create. Working with MongoDB is painless and our developers love it – particularly Javascript developers, of which we have many, as we use a lot of Node.js. MongoDB makes development easy and production reliable… I think that MongoDB is the easiest and fastest database solution when starting any new project. Unless the project has a clear need for a relational setup from the beginning, it just feels a lot easier and faster to work with MongoDB.”

Verified User | Engineer | Health, Wellness and Fitness Company

Congratulations to the winners of the Top Rated Open-Source Database Software Award!

What is Open-Source Database Software?

Open-source databases are presented with source code freely available to end users, and are used by individuals and companies to store, query, and warehouse data. Popular options for SQL and NoSQL models exist in open source varieties. Open-source databases have grown in use at larger companies and the trend appears to continue. 

While the major database vendors provide community editions of their databases available free and open source, enterprise editions of those same databases come packaged with premium tools that provide high availability, data encryption and backup, various middleware, or modeling tools. Some leading vendors provide these open-source databases as a managed service (e.g. DBaaS), as well as third-parties specializing in database administration services. 

However, because leading open-source databases tend to be feature-rich and well-supported by developers and their user communities, the total cost of ownership for open-source databases tends to be quite low. This is generally considered their greatest advantage over commercial editions.

Top Rated Criteria

Products included in the 2019 Top Rated Open-Source Database Software list must have been in the top tier of their category TrustMap as of August 1st, 2019. To qualify for the Open-Source Database Software Top Rated Award, products must have at least 10 reviews written within the past year, a TRScore of at least 7.5 out of 10, and must receive at least 1.5% of the traffic in their category.  Every reviewer is verified and every review is vetted before publication. Products are plotted on the TrustMap based on end-user data, including users’ likelihood to recommend scores as well as buyer research patterns. To learn more about TrustMaps and Top Rated methodology, check out this page.

About the Author

Alan Cooke, Researcher at TrustRadius
Alan Cooke
Alan attended the University College Dublin where he received his BA and MA in English Literature and Philosophy and he received his MBA from HEC Paris. He has held many roles at various companies including Director of Product Management at HP, Dazel, Inquisite, and Convio. His research interests both at work and outside of work include complex, technical topics (ironically).

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