MyISAM vs InnoDB MySQL storage engines

MyISAM

PROS:

  • Simpler to design since no foreign keys.
  • Faster than InnoDB
  • Full-text indexing
  • Good for read-heavy applications

CONS:

  • No foreign key relationships possible.
  • No support for transactions
  • Causes table locking
  • No roll-back.

InnoDB

PROS:

  • Foreign key support.
  • Transaction support.
  • Row-level locking. Better concurrency.
  • Roll-back support.

CONS:

  • Design can be complex.
  • Slower than MyISAM in certain scenarios.