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Install Sqlite3 on Ubuntu

Sqlite is an excellent lightweight database system. Learn how to install Sqlite3 on Ubuntu systems.

Sagar Sharma

Being one of the least complex database engines, the sqlite3 is preferred by beginners as well as advanced users.

Unlike most database systems, sqlite3 doesn't require a server and can be embedded into the end program.

This makes sqlite3 stand out as a lightweight, user-friendly, and portable solution.

So in this tutorial, I will show you how you can install sqlite3 and how to create a simple table in Ubuntu

How to install and use Sqlite3 on Ubuntu

The sqlite3 is available in the default repository of Ubuntu and can easily be installed with the following command:

sudo apt install sqlite3

Once you are done with the installation, you can use the following command to check the installed version:

sqlite3 -version
how to install sqlite3 in ubuntu

And if you get similar output, it means, the sqlite3 has been installed successfully!

Create Sqlite3 database in Ubuntu

To create a database, you'd need to append the name with a relative path to the sqlite3 command:

sqlite3 /path/to/file

Here, I created a database named LU inside my home directory:

sqlite LU

And it will get you into the sqlite prompt:

create sqlite3 database in ubuntu

To make sure you are dealing with the right database, you can execute the following in sqlite prompt to know the database you're dealing with:


Now, here, I will create a table named Team:

CREATE TABLE Team(Name String,age Int);

Next, you will have to insert data respective to the data fields that you've just created.

Here, I will add the data of three team members:

insert into Team(Name, age) VALUES ('Tom',25),('Mark',40),('Steve',35); 
add data to the sqlite3 database in ubuntu

To verify whether you have successfully added the data, you can list the contents of the table using the following:

list the contents of table of sqlite3 database in ubuntu

And if you want to enable headers and separate the output with columns, use the following command:

.headers on
.mode column

And here are the results:

enable headers and columns in sqlite3 in ubuntu

But this can also be done using GUI. Want to know how? Here's the bonus from my side!

Bonus: Install the Sqlite Database browser in Ubuntu desktop

The sqlite database browser is a GUI utility that lets you handle almost all the operations related to the database without going through the terminal (I will still advise you to embrace the terminal)

To install the sqlite browser, you will need to execute the following command:

sudo apt install sqlitebrowser

Once done, all you need to do is execute the following command and it will start the sqlite browser:

sqlitebrowser &

From here, you can create a new database or work with the old one. For example, here's the database that I created recently:

how to install sqlite browser in ubuntu

Pretty useful. Right?

Wrapping Up

In this tutorial, I explained how you can install sqlite3 in Ubuntu and how you can create a database for you.

I hope you will find this informative and if you have any queries, feel free to comment!

Sagar Sharma