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Database Server Types

Database Server Types

DDEV-Local supports most versions of MariaDB, MySQL, and Postgresql database servers.

The default database type is MariaDB, and the default version is currently 10.3, but you can use nearly any MariaDB versions 5.5-10.7 MySQL 5.5-8.0), and Postgres 9-14. For example, you can use ddev config --database=mysql:5.7, ddev config --database=mariadb:10.6, ddev config --database=postgres:14.

In the config.yaml, either any of these, for example:

  type: mariadb
  version: 10.6


  • If you change the database type or version in an existing project, the existing database will not be compatible with your change, so you'll want to use ddev export-db to save a dump first.
  • When you change database type, destroy the existing database using ddev delete --omit-snapshot before changing, then after ddev start use ddev import-db to import the db you exported.
  • Snapshots are always per database type and database version. So if you have snapshots from MariaDB 10.2 and you switch to MariaDB 10.5, don't expect to be able to restore the old snapshot.

Last update: 2022-05-03