MariaDB / MySQL Books

Here is a list of books on MariaDB and MySQL. We've provided links to or the publisher for convenience, but they can be found at many other bookstores, both online and off.

If you want to have your favorite MySQL / MariaDB book listed here, please leave a comment.

For MariaDB / MySQL end users

MariaDB Essentials by Emilien Kenler and Federico Razzoli, October 2015
For those that don't know SQL and want to quickly jump in and learn MariaDB, or that already know MySQL but want to go further.

Getting Started with MariaDB, 2nd Edition by Daniel Bartholomew, June 2015
A beginner's guide to MariaDB. No prior MariaDB or MySQL experience necessary. An expanded update to the 1st edition.

Learning MySQL and MariaDB by Russell J. T. Dyer, April 2015.
An introductory look at database systems, the SQL database language, installation and basic administration of MySQL and MariaDB.

MariaDB High Performance by Pierre Mavro, September 2014
For system administrators/architects or DBAs with existing MariaDB knowledge who want to learn more about how to grow their current infrastructure to support larger traffic.

Mastering MariaDB by Federico Razzoli, September 2014
Aimed at intermediate users who want to learn how to administrate a MariaDB server or a set of servers.

MariaDB Beginners Guide by Rodrigo Ribeiro Gonçalves, August 2014
A book for newcomers to MariaDB and SQL.

MariaDB Cookbook by Daniel Bartholomew, March 2014
A cookbook filled with useful MariaDB recipes. Chapters cover such things as Sphinx, Connect, Cassandra, virtual and dynamic columns, TokuDB, and more.

Getting Started with MariaDB by Daniel Bartholomew, October 2013
A beginner's guide to MariaDB. No prior MariaDB or MySQL experience necessary.

Building a Web Application with PHP and MariaDB: A Reference Guide by Sai Srinivas Sriparasa, June 2014
A how-to guide for creating scalable and secure web applications with PHP and MariaDB

MariaDB Crash Course by Ben Forta, September 2011
First MariaDB book.
For people who want to learn SQL and the basics of MariaDB.

SQL-99 Complete, Really by Peter Gulutzan & Trudy Pelzer, March 1999
Everything you wanted to know about the SQL 99 standard. Excellent reference book.
Free to read in the Knowledge Base.

MySQL (5th Edition) by Paul DuBois, April 2013
The 'default' book to read if you want to learn to use MySQL / MariaDB.

MySQL Cookbook by Paul DuBois, November 2006
A lot of examples of how to use MySQL. As with all of Paul's books, it's worth its weight in gold and even enjoyable reading for such a 'dry' subject.

High Performance MySQL, Third Edition by Baron Schwartz, Peter Zaitsev, & Vadim Tkachenko, April 2012
High Performance MySQL, Second Edition by Baron Schwartz, Peter Zaitsev, Vadim Tkachenko, Jeremy D. Zawodny, Arjen Lentz, Derek J. Balling, et al, January 2008
"High Performance MySQL is the definitive guide to building fast, reliable systems with MySQL. Written by noted experts with years of real-world experience building very large systems, this book covers every aspect of MySQL performance in detail, and focuses on robustness, security, and data integrity. Learn advanced techniques in depth so you can bring out MySQL's full power." (From the book description at O'Reilly)

MySQL Admin Cookbook by Daniel Schneller, March 2010
A quick step-by-step guide for MySQL users and database administrators to tackle real-world challenges with MySQL configuration and administration

For developers who want to code on MariaDB or MySQL

Understanding MySQL Internals by Sasha Pachev, former MySQL developer at MySQL AB, April 2007
This is the only book we know about that describes the internals of MariaDB / MySQL. A must have for anyone who wants to understand and develop on MariaDB!
Not all topics are covered and some parts are slightly outdated, but still the best book on this topic.

MySQL 5.1 Plugin Development by Sergei Golubchik and Andrew Hutching, August 2010
A must read for anyone wanting to write a plugin for MariaDB, written by the Sergei who designed the plugin interface for MySQL and MariaDB!


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