How To Download & Install SQLite Tools

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How To Download & Install SQLite Tools

Summary: in this tutorial, you will learn step by step on how to download and use the SQLite tools to your computer.

Download SQLite tools

To download SQLite, you open the download page of the SQlite official website.

  1. First, go to the website.
  2. Second, open the download page

SQLite provides various tools for working across platforms e.g., Windows, Linux, and Mac. You need to select an appropriate version to download.

For example, to work with SQLite on Windows, you download the command-line shell program as shown in the screenshot below.

The downloaded file is in the ZIP format and its size is quite small.

Run SQLite tools

Installing SQLite is simple and straightforward.

  1. First, create a new folder e.g., C:\sqlite.
  2. Second, extract the content of the file that you downloaded in the previous section to the C:\sqlite folder. You should see three programs in the C:\sqlite folder as shown below:

First, open the command line window:

and navigate to the C:\sqlite folder.

C:\cd c:\sqlite


Second, type sqlite3 and press enter, you should see the following output:

SQLite version 3.29.0 2019-07-10 17:32:03
Enter ".help" for usage hints.
Connected to a transient in-memory database.
Use ".open FILENAME" to reopen on a persistent database.

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Third, you can type the .help command from the sqlite> prompt to see all available commands in sqlite3.

sqlite> .help
.archive ... Manage SQL archives: ".archive --help" for details
.auth ON|OFF Show authorizer callbacks
.backup ?DB? FILE Backup DB (default "main") to FILE
.bail on|off Stop after hitting an error. Default OFF
.binary on|off Turn binary output on or off. Default OFF
.cd DIRECTORY Change the working directory to DIRECTORY

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Fourth, to quit the sqlite>, you use  .quit command as follows:

sqlite> .quit


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Install SQLite GUI tool

The sqlite3 shell is excellent…

However, sometimes, you may want to work with the SQLite databases using an intuitive GUI tool.

There are many GUI tools for managing SQLite databases available ranging from freeware to commercial licenses.


The SQLiteStudio tool is a free GUI tool for managing SQLite databases. It is free, portable, intuitive, and cross-platform. SQLite tool also provides some of the most important features to work with SQLite databases such as importing, exporting data in various formats including CSV, XML, and JSON.

You can download the SQLiteStudio installer or its portable version by visiting the download page.  Then, you can extract (or install) the download file to a folder e.g., C:\sqlite\gui\ and launch it.

The following picture illustrates how to launch the SQLiteStudio:

Other SQLite GUI tools

Besides the SQLite Studio, you can use the following free SQLite GUI tools:

  • DBeaver is another free multi-platform database tool. It supports all popular major relational database systems MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, DB2, SQL Server, Sybase.. including SQLite.
  • DB Browser for SQLite – is an open-source tool to manage database files compatible with SQLite.

In this tutorial, you have learned how to download and install SQLite tools on your computer. Now, you should be ready to work with SQLite. If you have any issues with these above steps, feel free to send us an email to get help.

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