The DB-Engines Ranking ranks database management systems by popularity, covering over 380 systems. The ranking criteria include number of search engine results when searching for the system names, Google Trends, Stack Overflow discussions, job offers with mentions of the systems, number of profiles in professional networks such as LinkedIn, mentions in social networks such as Twitter. The ranking is updated monthly. It has been described and cited in various database-related articles.
By grouping over specific database features like database model or type of license, regularly published statistics reveal historical trends which are used in strategic statements.
The DB-Engines DBMS portal was created in 2012 and is maintained by the Austrian consulting company Solid IT. Based on its ranking, DB-Engines grants a yearly award for the system that gained most in popularity within a year. The award winners are:
- 2013 - MongoDB
- 2014 - MongoDB
- 2015 - Oracle
- 2016 - Microsoft SQL Server
- 2017 - PostgreSQL
- 2018 - PostgreSQL
- 2019 - MySQL
- 2020 - PostgreSQL
- 2021 - Snowflake
- 2022 - Snowflake
The ranking comes from an average of the following parameters after normalization:
- Number of mentions in search engines queries
- Frequency of searches
- Number of related questions and the number of interested users
- Number of job postings
- Number of profiles in professional networks
- Number of mentions in social networks
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- ^ "Oracle remains most popular database, but MongoDB continues to rise". InfoWorld. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
- ^ "Will NoSQL be the undoing of Oracle's database reign?". Tech Republic. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
- ^ "Oracle Named Database of the Year, MongoDB Ranks Second". SoftPedia. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
- ^ "As DBMS wars continue, PostgreSQL shows most momentum". ZDNet. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
- ^ "Microsoft SQL Server surges in Solid IT's database rankings". eWeek. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
- ^ "Cloud database growth may be slowing as lock-in fears loom". TechRepublic. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
- ^ "The growing graph database space in 2018". Information age. 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
- ^ "Snowflake is the DBMS of the Year 2022, defending the title from last year". DB-Engines. Retrieved 4 January 2023.