ACID Properties in DBMS with Examples

ACID Properties in DBMS with Examples

What are ACID properties in the database management system?

Data has become more crucial since this tech world has become more data-centric.

The database contains very important data. So it is essential to keep the data reliable in the database while making the data transaction to and from the database.

In this article, we see ACID Properties in DBMS transaction.

To consider the reliability of the database, there are ACID properties in DBMS (Database Management System).

If you are preparing the database companies like Oracle, IBM DB2, you can find lots of interview question on this topic.

So let us see.

What is the Database Transaction?

The transaction is a set of operations. The set of the read/write operation on the database is called the database transaction.

  • Read is retrieving information from the database.
  • Write is inserting, updating, and deleting entries from the database.

ACID Properties in DBMS with Examples

Before making the points, consider taking the real-time example. It makes the thing easy to understand.

Suppose Alice has an account with an amount of $150. There is Bob’s account having $50. We are transferring the amount of $100 from Alice’s account to Bob’s account. Now we see how we can ensure data reliability using ACID properties in DBMS.

So let us have some insight over the ACID properties in DBMS.

1. Atomicity

It simply says “All or Nothing”. There is no intermediate.

If you are doing any database transaction (set of the read/write operations), all the operations should be executed otherwise none.

All the operation in the transaction is considered to be one unit or atomic task.

If the system fails or any read/write conflicts occur during the transaction, the system needs to revert back to its previous state.


Let’s check ACID properties in DBMS with examples.

Here, the set of operations are

  • Deduct the amount of $100 from Alice’s account.
  • Add amount $100 to Bob’s account.

All operations in this set should be done.

If the system fails to add the amount in Bob’s account after deducting from Alice’s account, revert the operation on Alice’s account.

2. Consistency

Every attribute in the database has some rules to ensure the stability of the database. The constraint puts on the data value should be constant before and after the execution of the transaction.

If the system fails because of the invalid data while doing an operation, revert back the system to its previous state.


The total amount in Alice’s and Bob’s account should be the same before and after the transaction.  The sum of the money in Alice and Bob’s account before and after the transaction is $200. So this transaction preserves consistency ACID properties in DBMS.

3. Isolation

If you are performing multiple transactions on the single database, operation from any transaction should not interfere with operation in other transactions. the execution of all transactions should be isolated from other transactions.


If there is any other transaction (between Mac and Alice) going, it should not make any effect on the transaction between Alice and Bob. Both the transactions should be isolated.

4. Durability

All the above three properties should be satisfied while the transaction in progress. But durability issues can happen even after the completion of the transaction.

So this is the ACID Property After Completion of Transaction.

The changes made during the transaction should exist after completion of the transaction.

Sometimes it may happen as all the operation in the transaction completed but the system fails immediately. In that case, changes made while transactions should persist. The system should return to its previous stable state.


It may happen. A system gets crashed after completion of all the operations. If the system restarts it should preserve the stable state. An amount in Alice and Bob’s account should be the same before and after the system gets a restart.

ACID properties in DBMS make the transaction over the database more reliable and secure. This is one of the advantages of the database management system over the file system.

I have explained ACID properties in DBMS with examples. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot in the comment.


  1. Eventbase discovered that some clients would add tickets to their online basket and then browse through the available add-ons for the event adding some add-ons to the basket. However, when they went to pay for the content of their basket they would be told that the event tickets could not be purchased as they had already been sold and the entire basket sale is rejected. This occurred most often for popular events when only a few tickets remained available and when the user had spent some considerable time browsing through the add-ons. When the data was examined, the tickets that had been in the user’s basket were showing as sold to another user.

    Described above could use a transaction management system capable of realising the ACID properties for transactions to prevent the above problem from arising.
    How the above problem might have occurred, and which of the four ACID properties this particular example demonstrates.

    Why are the other three ACID properties important to Eventbase when developing the webshop? Give examples of the potential problems they could prevent.

    is this show ISOLATION:) [confident with this] or DURABILITY;{ [secound thought]

    1. Regarding your first questions where the user is not able to make a purchase even after adding a ticket to the card… There are two things you can do.
      1. Whatever you mentioned is expected behavior and this is how it has implemented in many of the event-based applications. After adding a ticket to the cart, you can prompt the user to book the ticket (by paying) to guarantee the booking.
      2. Lock the ticket for a certain time if someone adds the ticket to the cart. Start the timer (prompt it to the user). During locking other users will not able to book it. During time-lapse if the user does not make a payment, remove it from the cart and unlock it for other users to book.

      All the ACID properties hold true in the event-based transaction.

      Atomicity- There are multiple steps in Eventbase transactions, like adding ticker in the cart, making payment, booking ticket… either all these steps should be successful else rollback changes.

      Consistency- Sum of the booked and non-booked tickets should be constant.

      Isolation- The transaction made by two or more users for the ticket booking should not be affected.

      Durability – Just to make sure the changes made during the transaction should exist after completion of the transaction.

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