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From the project home page:

SQLite is a software library that implements a self-contained, serverless, zero-configuration, transactional SQL database engine. SQLite is the most widely deployed SQL database engine in the world. The source code for SQLite is in the public domain.


From: SQLite Features

  • Transactions are atomic, consistent, isolated, and durable even after system crashes and power failures.
  • Zero-configuration - no setup or administration needed.
  • Implements most of SQL92.
  • A complete database is stored in a single cross-platform disk file.
  • Supports terabyte-sized databases and gigabyte-sized strings and blobs.
  • Small code footprint: less than 325KiB fully configured or less than 190KiB with optional features omitted.
  • Faster than popular client/server database engines for most common operations.
  • Simple, easy to use API.
  • Written in ANSI-C. TCL bindings included. Bindings for dozens of other languages available separately.
  • Well-commented source code with 100% branch test coverage.
  • Available as a single ANSI-C source-code file that you can easily drop into another project.
  • Self-contained: no external dependencies.
  • Cross-platform: Unix (Linux and Mac OS X), OS/2, and Windows (Win32 and WinCE) are supported out of the box. Easy to port to other systems.
  • Sources are in the public domain. Use for any purpose.
  • Comes with a standalone command-line interface (CLI) client that can be used to administer SQLite databases.


Install sqlite from the official repositories.

Related packages are:

  • sqlite-doc - most of the static HTML files that comprise this website, including all of the SQL Syntax and the C/C++ interface specs and other miscellaneous documentation
  • php-sqlite - sqlite3 module for PHP (don't forget to enable it in /etc/php/php.ini)
  • gambas3-gb-db-sqlite3 - Gambas2 Sqlite3 database access component
  • sqliteman - The best developer's and/or admin's GUI tool for Sqlite3 in the world

Using sqlite3 command line shell

The SQLite library includes a simple command-line utility named sqlite3 that allows the user to manually enter and execute SQL commands against an SQLite database.

Create a database

sqlite3 databasename

Create table

sqlite> create table tblone(one varchar(10), two smallint);

Insert data

sqlite> insert into tblone values('helloworld',20);
sqlite> insert into tblone values('archlinux', 30);

Search database

sqlite> select * from tblone;

See the sqlite docs.

Using sqlite in shell script

See forum post.

See also