You have a binary sqlite3 database file and you want to make some queries on it: find out what tables it has, look at the content of the tables, etc.
There is a command called “
sqlite3” which is a client for sqlite3 databases. Let’s say our database is stored in a file called “
database.sqlite“. (Here “
.sqlite” is the file extension.)
# open database.sqlite with the client: sqlite3 database.sqlite # let's get the list of tables in this database: .tables # Say it has a table called "images". Let's see its content: select * from images;
To learn more about the commands, just type “
.help” in the client. You can dump a database in SQL text format, you can get the schema of a table, etc.
.sqlite database files are binary files, you can open them with a text editor too. At the top you can see the schemas of the tables in text format. Just be careful not to modify it.
Create a database from a schema (update 20111120)
sqlite3 database.sqlite < schema.sql