class pymysql.cursors.Cursor(connection)

This is the object you use to interact with the database.

class pymysql.cursors.SSCursor(connection)

Unbuffered Cursor, mainly useful for queries that return a lot of data, or for connections to remote servers over a slow network.

Instead of copying every row of data into a buffer, this will fetch rows as needed. The upside of this is the client uses much less memory, and rows are returned much faster when traveling over a slow network or if the result set is very big.

There are limitations, though. The MySQL protocol doesn’t support returning the total number of rows, so the only way to tell how many rows there are is to iterate over every row returned. Also, it currently isn’t possible to scroll backwards, as only the current row is held in memory.