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What is SQLite browser and how to use it?

Last updated on Dec 18,2023 15K Views

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DB Browser for SQLite is a high quality, open-source tool to design, create, and edit database files compatible with SQLite. It is for developers wanting to create databases, search, and edit data. In this blog on “SQLite Browser”, we will learn everything you need to know about this browser. Below are the topics covered in this blog:

What is SQLite?

SQLite is a relational database management system (RDBMS) that is contained in a C library. In contrast to most other database management systems, SQLite is not a client-server database engine but is embedded into the end program.

Advantages of SQLite

There are many advantages of using SQLite as an application file format:

  • Better performance: 

    • Reading and writing from an SQLite database is faster than reading and writing files directly from disk.

    • The application loads only the data it needs, rather than reading the entire file and holding a complete parse in memory.

    • Making small edits overwrite only the parts of the file that change, reducing write time and wear on SSD drives.

  • Reduced application cost and complexity:

    • There is no application file I/O code to write and debug.

    • Content can be accessed and updated using concise SQL queries instead of lengthy procedural routines.

    • The file format can simply be extended in future releases by adding new tables or columns.

    • Performance problems can often be resolved, even later in the development cycle, using CREATE INDEX which helps to avoid costly redesign, rewrite, and retest efforts.

  • Portability

    • The application file is portable in all operating systems.

  • Reliability

      • Content can be updated continuously so that little or no work is lost in a power failure.

      • Sql queries are many times smaller than the equivalent procedural codes, and hence the number of bugs per line of code is roughly constant which means fewer bugs overall.

For these amazing advantages, SQLite browsers are widely used among programmers. 


What is SQLite Browser?

DB Browser for SQLite (DB4S) is a high quality, visual, open-source tool made for creating, designing, and editing database files that are compatible with SQLite. It is for users and developers who want to create, search, design and edit databasesSQLite browser uses a general spreadsheet-like interface, and there is no need to learn complicated SQL commands. It is a tool that is used by both developers and end-users, and for that reason, it has to remain as simple as possible. There are many SQLite browsers available on the internet under the name “DB Browser for SQLite”.

Uses of SQLite Browser

It is a tool that lets us view the data that is stored in an SQLite Database. Depending on the format and type of data in the database it may or may not be readable by a human. This is generally used for debugging or other development tasks where the developer needs to read the data that has been stored but does not have a built-in system to access it through the program.

Some controls and wizards are available in SQLite browsers for users to:

  • Create and compact database files
  • Create, define, modify and delete tables
  • Create, define and delete indexes
  • Browse, edit, add, search and delete records
  • Import and export records as text
  • Import and export tables from/to CSV files
  • Issue SQL queries and inspect the results
  • Examine log of all the SQL commands issued by the application

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How to Install SQLite browser?

Follow these steps to install in windows:

  • Open your favorite browser and search for SQLite and the first link will show up which is 
  • Click on the Download link.
  • In the downloads page, scroll down a little where ‘pre-compiled binaries for windows’ are present.
  • Select the last option which says SQLite tools-windows32-s86 which is a zip file, download it.Sqlite installation step 1 - Edureka
  • Go to the folder where it is downloaded and extract the Zip file.

Sqlite installation step 2 - Edureka

Sqlite installation step 3 - Edureka

  • Select the folder SQLite tools to win 32(Rename as per your choice).

Sqlite installation step 4 - Edureka

  • Inside the folder, there are 3 executable files.

Sqlite installation step 5 - Edureka

Following these steps, the SQLite browser will get downloaded and installed on your system and you are ready to use it. 

With this, we come to an end to this blog on SQLite Browser. I hope you must have got much of your confusion cleared on SQLite and its browser. If you wish to learn more about MySQL and get to know this open-source relational database, then check out our MySQL DBA Certification Training which comes with instructor-led live training and real-life project experience. This training will help you understand MySQL in-depth and help you achieve mastery over the subject.

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What is SQLite browser and how to use it?