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System Properties Comparison Manticore Search vs. PostgreSQL vs. Sphinx

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NameManticore Search  Xexclude from comparisonPostgreSQL  Xexclude from comparisonSphinx  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionMulti-storage database for search, including full-text search.Widely used open source RDBMS infoDeveloped as objectoriented DBMS (Postgres), gradually enhanced with 'standards' like SQLOpen source search engine for searching in data from different sources, e.g. relational databases
Primary database modelSearch engineRelational DBMS infowith object oriented extensions, e.g.: user defined types/functions and inheritance. Handling of key/value pairs with hstore module.Search engine
Secondary database modelsTime Series DBMS infousing the Manticore Columnar LibraryDocument store
Graph DBMS infowith Apache Age
Spatial DBMS
Vector DBMS infowith pgvector extension
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score0.23
Rank#303  Overall
#21  Search engines
Score638.91
Rank#4  Overall
#4  Relational DBMS
Score5.96
Rank#56  Overall
#5  Search engines
Websitemanticoresearch.comwww.postgresql.orgsphinxsearch.com
Technical documentationmanual.manticoresearch.comwww.postgresql.org/­docssphinxsearch.com/­docs
DeveloperManticore SoftwarePostgreSQL Global Development Group infowww.postgresql.org/­developerSphinx Technologies Inc.
Initial release20171989 info1989: Postgres, 1996: PostgreSQL2001
Current release6.0, February 202316.3, May 20243.5.1, February 2023
License infoCommercial or Open SourceOpen Source infoGPL version 2Open Source infoBSDOpen Source infoGPL version 2, commercial licence available
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenonono
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Implementation languageC++CC++
Server operating systemsFreeBSD
Linux
macOS
Windows
FreeBSD
HP-UX
Linux
NetBSD
OpenBSD
OS X
Solaris
Unix
Windows
FreeBSD
Linux
NetBSD
OS X
Solaris
Windows
Data schemeFixed schemayesyes
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateInt, Bigint, Float, Timestamp, Bit, Int array, Bigint array, JSON, Booleanyesno
XML support infoSome form of processing data in XML format, e.g. support for XML data structures, and/or support for XPath, XQuery or XSLT.Can index from XMLyes infospecific XML-type available, but no XML query functionality.
Secondary indexesyes infofull-text index on all search fieldsyesyes infofull-text index on all search fields
SQL infoSupport of SQLSQL-like query languageyes infostandard with numerous extensionsSQL-like query language (SphinxQL)
APIs and other access methodsBinary API
RESTful HTTP/JSON API
RESTful HTTP/SQL API
SQL over MySQL
ADO.NET
JDBC
native C library
ODBC
streaming API for large objects
Proprietary protocol
Supported programming languagesElixir
Go
Java
JavaScript (Node.js)
Perl
PHP
Python
.Net
C
C++
Delphi
Java infoJDBC
JavaScript (Node.js)
Perl
PHP
Python
Tcl
C++ infounofficial client library
Java
Perl infounofficial client library
PHP
Python
Ruby infounofficial client library
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresuser defined functionsuser defined functions inforealized in proprietary language PL/pgSQL or with common languages like Perl, Python, Tcl etc.no
Triggersnoyesno
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesSharding infoPartitioning is done manually, search queries against distributed index is supportedpartitioning by range, list and (since PostgreSQL 11) by hashSharding infoPartitioning is done manually, search queries against distributed index is supported
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesSynchronous replication based on Galera librarySource-replica replication infoother methods possible by using 3rd party extensionsnone
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnonono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynoyesno
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datayes infoisolated transactions for atomic changes and binary logging for safe writesACIDno
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyes infoThe original contents of fields are not stored in the Manticore index.yesyes infoThe original contents of fields are not stored in the Sphinx index.
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.no
User concepts infoAccess controlnofine grained access rights according to SQL-standardno

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