Bytebase 2.0 - the GitLab for Database DevOps

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Bytebase 2.0 - the GitLab for Database DevOps

Recent AI breakthroughs have excited us all. However, developers still struggle with mundane daily tasks. One is dealing with databases, mundane yet requiring care—or you'll get a daring outage. Two years ago, we created Bytebase to address this, open-sourcing it on GitHub. Compared to incumbents, Bytebase's growth outpaces theirs.


A year ago, we monetized Bytebase 1.0, welcoming global customers across industries. Today marks another milestone: Bytebase 2.0.

One to Twelve


Bytebase initially supported MySQL. Bytebase 2.0 now supports twelve:

  • OLTP: MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, SQL Server, MariaDB
  • OLAP: Snowflake, ClickHouse
  • NewSQL: Google Cloud Spanner, TiDB, OceanBase
  • NoSQL: MongoDB, Redis

You can now deploy a single Bytebase instance to manage the heterogeneous database systems. Stay tuned for more.

New Cloud Offering

Accessing databases often favors internal network. Bytebase provides easy on-premise deployment with a single binary, self-contained Docker image, and Helm chart. Though cloud services convenience rivals on-premise, we release Bytebase Cloud as an additional option. Bytebase Cloud equals the self-hosted version without user infrastructure management. To quickly experience Bytebase, sign up for our free cloud plan and follow the quickstart guide.


Pioneering Database Change Management (DCM)

We founded Bytebase because, as developers ourselves, we were dissatisfied with existing solutions. After over two years developing, Bytebase emerged as the most comprehensive Database Change Management (DCM) solution. Bytebase is establishing best practices for conducting database changes with its unique features:

  • The first product to offer a GUI workspace for developers and DBAs to collaborate together.
  • Native VCS and Terraform integration for GitOps/Database-as-Code.
  • Batch mode for changing multiple environments and tenants consistently.
  • Improve SQL code quality and consistency with 100+ lint rules for PostgreSQL and MySQL. Integrate this tool into GitHub or GitLab CI to always check code before commit or deploy.
  • Terraform like stated-based database schema migration.
  • Risk-centric, holistic view to manage database operations and custom approval flow.



RBAC, SSO, 2FA, audit logs, watermarking are table stakes. Bytebase 2.0 also brings database domain-specific enterprise features:

  • DBA workflow and environment tier to enforce operation policy
  • Sensitive data masking
  • Data access control
  • Database anomaly detection such as schema drift detection

Bytebase is Compliance-By-Design (CBD). We consult Big 4 auditing teams to design features understand compliance requirements like SOC2, ISO 27001, etc. Customers adopt Bytebase to meet compliance around data change and access control out of the box.

Embracing AI

Bytebase incorporates recent AI breakthroughs into the product. You can already use natural language to query the database from the Bytebase SQL Editor.


Bytebase 2.0 adds a new AI capability: to provide index advice for slow queries.


Last month, we also announced a new product: SQL Chat, a chat-based SQL client. Use natural language to query your database.

sql chat

New Website and Enriched Free Plan

For the past several months, we have been partnered with the talented Pixel Point team to redesign our marketing site. In addition to cool animations, we have completely rebuilt the site's content to deliver a better message to our audience.


We want every development team, regardless of size, to adopt best practices for database change management. To achieve this, we make Bytebase more accessible to small and medium teams. As a result, we moved several key features from the paid plan to the free plan in Bytebase 2.0:

  • RBAC
  • All 100+ SQL lint rules instead of just 2
  • Remove the 10-user account limit
  • Lift the instance limit from 10 to 20

Quest beyond Database Schema Change

Bytebase was created to address a specific, long-standing problem: proper database schema change management. Bytebase 2.0 has evolved into a Database DevOps platform, being capable of managing the entire database development lifecycle: change, query, secure, govern all databases in a single place.


Our goal has remained unchanged since incubating Bytebase two years ago, to bring the GitLab/GitHub experience to database development.

Jointhe community

At Bytebase, we believe in the power of collaboration and open communication, and we have a number of communities that you can join to connect with other like-minded.

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