|Developer(s)||D. Richard Hipp|
|Initial release||August 2000|
|Stable release||3.8.2 / December 6, 2013|
SQLite (// or //) is a relational database management system contained in a small (<700 KB) C programming library. In contrast to other database management systems, SQLite is not a separate process that is accessed from the client application, but an integral part of it.
SQLite is a popular choice as embedded database for local/client storage in application software such as web browsers. It is arguably the most widely deployed database engine, as it is used today by several widespread browsers, operating systems, and embedded systems, among others. SQLite has many bindings to programming languages.
Unlike client–server database management systems, the SQLite engine has no standalone processes with which the application program communicates. Instead, the SQLite library is linked in and thus becomes an integral part of the application program. (In this, SQLite follows the precedent of Informix SE of c. 1984) The library can also be called dynamically. The application program uses SQLite's functionality through simple function calls, which reduce latency in database access: function calls within a single process are more efficient than inter-process communication. SQLite stores the entire database (definitions, tables, indices, and the data itself) as a single cross-platform file on a host machine. It implements this simple design by locking the entire database file during writing. SQLite read operations can be multitasked, though writes can only be performed sequentially.
D. Richard Hipp designed SQLite in the spring of 2000 while working for General Dynamics on contract with the United States Navy. Hipp was designing software used on board guided missile destroyers, which were originally based on HP-UX with an IBM Informix database back-end. The design goals of SQLite were to allow the program to be operated without installing a database management system or requiring a database administrator. In August 2000, version 1.0 of SQLite was released, based on gdbm (GNU Database Manager). SQLite 2.0 replaced gdbm with a custom B-tree implementation, adding support for transactions. SQLite 3.0, partially funded by America Online, added internationalization, manifest typing, and other major improvements.
In 2011 Hipp announced his plans to add an UnQL interface to SQLite databases and to develop UnQLite, an embeddable document-oriented database. Howard Chu ported SQLite 184.108.40.206 to use Openldap MDB instead of the original Btree code and called it sqlightning. One cited insert test of 1000 records was 20 times as fast.
SQLite implements most of the SQL-92 standard for SQL but it lacks some features. For example it has partial support for triggers, and it can't write to views (however it supports INSTEAD OF triggers that provide this functionality). While it supports complex queries, it still has limited ALTER TABLE support, as it can't modify or delete columns.
SQLite uses an unusual type system for an SQL-compatible DBMS. Instead of assigning a type to a column as in most SQL database systems, types are assigned to individual values; in language terms it is dynamically typed. Moreover, it is weakly typed in some of the same ways that Perl is: one can insert a string into an integer column (although SQLite will try to convert the string to an integer first, if the column's preferred type is integer). This adds flexibility to columns, especially when bound to a dynamically typed scripting language. However, the technique is not portable to other SQL products. A common criticism is that SQLite's type system lacks the data integrity mechanism provided by statically typed columns in other products. The SQLite web site describes a "strict affinity" mode, but this feature has not yet been added. However, it can be implemented with constraints like
Several computer processes or threads may access the same database concurrently. Several read accesses can be satisfied in parallel. A write access can only be satisfied if no other accesses are currently being serviced. Otherwise, the write access fails with an error code (or can automatically be retried until a configurable timeout expires). This concurrent access situation would change when dealing with temporary tables. This restriction is relaxed in version 3.7 when WAL is turned on enabling concurrent reads and writes.
A standalone program called
sqlite3 is provided that can be used to create a database, define tables within it, insert and change rows, run queries and manage an SQLite database file. This program is a single executable file on the host machine. It also serves as an example for writing applications that use the SQLite library.
SQLite has automated regression testing prior to each release. Over 2 million tests are run as part of a release's verification. Starting with the August 10, 2009 release of SQLite 3.6.17, SQLite releases have 100% branch test coverage, one of the components of code coverage.
- Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird store a variety of configuration data (bookmarks, cookies, contacts etc.) in internally managed SQLite databases, and even offer an add-on to manage SQLite databases.
- Google's Chrome browser
- The Opera Internet suite and browser uses SQLite 3.7.9 for managing WebSQL databases. This is noted in
opera:about, although without the mention of WebSQL (databases can be managed through
Web application frameworks
- Django, a Python web framework, supports SQLite3 by default.
- As of version 7, Drupal, a PHP-based content management system for making websites and blogs, has an option to install using SQLite.
- Ruby on Rails' default database management system is also SQLite.
- web2py, a Python web framework, default database management system is also SQLite.
- Skype is a widely deployed application that uses SQLite.
- Adobe Systems uses SQLite as its file format in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, a standard database in Adobe AIR, and internally within Adobe Reader.
- The Service Management Facility, used for service management within the Solaris and OpenSolaris operating systems, uses SQLite internally.
- Flame, a malware program used for cyberespionage, used SQLite to store the data it collects.
Because of its small size, SQLite is well suited to embedded systems, and is also included in:
- Blackberry's BlackBerry 10 OS
- Microsoft's Windows Phone 8
- Apple's iOS
- Symbian OS
- Nokia's Maemo
- Google's Android
- Linux Foundation's MeeGo
- LG's webOS
However, it is also suitable for desktop operating systems; Apple adopted it as an option in OS X's Core Data API from the original implementation in Mac OS X 10.4 onwards, and also for administration of videos and songs on the iPhone.
- Comparison of relational database management systems
- List of relational database management systems
- Flat file database
- SQLite-related tools:
- SQLite Manager
- SQLite Database Browser (multi-platform)
- SQLite Database Browser New (multi-platform)
- SQLiteMan (multi-platform)
- SQLiteStudio (multi-platform)
- SQLite Administrator (Windows only)
- SQLite Expert (Windows only)
- SQLite Professional (OS X only)
- Android SQLite Manager (Android only)
- kbmSQLiteMan (Windows only) Free (register to download) Simple to use, supports SQLite 3.7+
- Similar database engines:
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- MDB: A Memory-Mapped Database and Backend for OpenLDAP, Howard Chu, [MDB: A Memory-Mapped Database and Backend for OpenLDAP LDAPCon 2011].
- sqlightning source code.
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- DBD::SQLite: Perl DBI Interface to SQLite
- PySQLite: Python bindings for SQLite
- SQLite/Ruby: Ruby bindings for SQLite
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- "Fossil: Fossil Performance". Fossil-scm.org. August 23, 2009. Retrieved September 12, 2009.
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