Latest stable version is v1.14 or later not v2.
NOTE: The increase to v2 was an accident. There were no major changes or features.
sqlite3 driver conforming to the built-in database/sql interface
Supported Golang version: See .github/workflows/go.yaml
This package follows the official Golang Release Policy.
- API Reference
- Connection String
- Cross Compile
- Google Cloud Platform
- User Authentication
This package can be installed with the go get command:
go get github.com/mattn/go-sqlite3
go-sqlite3 is cgo package. If you want to build your app using go-sqlite3, you need gcc. However, after you have built and installed go-sqlite3 with
go install github.com/mattn/go-sqlite3 (which requires gcc), you can build your app without relying on gcc in future.
Important: because this is a
CGO enabled package you are required to set the environment variable
CGO_ENABLED=1 and have a
gcc compile present within your path.
API documentation can be found here: http://godoc.org/github.com/mattn/go-sqlite3
Examples can be found under the examples directory
When creating a new SQLite database or connection to an existing one, with the file name additional options can be given. This is also known as a DSN string. (Data Source Name).
Options are append after the filename of the SQLite database. The database filename and options are seperated by an
? (Question Mark). Options should be URL-encoded (see url.QueryEscape).
This also applies when using an in-memory database instead of a file.
Options can be given using the following format:
KEYWORD=VALUE and multiple options can be combined with the
This library supports dsn options of SQLite itself and provides additional options.
Boolean values can be one of:
|UA - Create||
||-||Create User Authentication, for more information see User Authentication|
|UA - Username||
||Username for User Authentication, for more information see User Authentication|
|UA - Password||
||Password for User Authentication, for more information see User Authentication|
|UA - Crypt||
||Password encoder to use for User Authentication, for more information see User Authentication|
|UA - Salt||
||Salt to use if the configure password encoder requires a salt, for User Authentication, for more information see User Authentication|
||For more information see PRAGMA auto_vacuum|
||Specify value for sqlite3_busy_timeout. For more information see PRAGMA busy_timeout|
|Case Sensitive LIKE||
||For more information see PRAGMA case_sensitive_like|
|Defer Foreign Keys||
||For more information see PRAGMA defer_foreign_keys|
||For more information see PRAGMA foreign_keys|
|Ignore CHECK Constraints||
||For more information see PRAGMA ignore_check_constraints|
||For more information see Immutable|
||For more information see PRAGMA journal_mode|
||For more information see PRAGMA locking_mode|
||Access Mode of the database. For more information see SQLite Open|
||Specify mutex mode.|
||For more information see PRAGMA query_only|
||For more information see PRAGMA recursive_triggers|
||For more information see PRAGMA secure_delete|
||Set cache mode for more information see sqlite.org|
||For more information see PRAGMA synchronous|
|Time Zone Location||
||auto||Specify location of time format.|
||Specify locking behavior for transactions.|
||When this pragma is on, the SQLITE_MASTER tables in which database can be changed using ordinary UPDATE, INSERT, and DELETE statements. Warning: misuse of this pragma can easily result in a corrupt database file.|
||Maximum cache size; default is 2000K (2M). See PRAGMA cache_size|
This package allows additional configuration of features available within SQLite3 to be enabled or disabled by golang build constraints also known as build
Click here for more information about build tags / constraints.
If you wish to build this library with additional extensions / features. Use the following command.
go build --tags "<FEATURE>"
For available features see the extension list. When using multiple build tags, all the different tags should be space delimted.
go build --tags "icu json1 fts5 secure_delete"
Feature / Extension List
|Additional Statistics||sqlite_stat4||This option adds additional logic to the ANALYZE command and to the query planner that can help SQLite to chose a better query plan under certain situations. The ANALYZE command is enhanced to collect histogram data from all columns of every index and store that data in the sqlite_stat4 table.
The query planner will then use the histogram data to help it make better index choices. The downside of this compile-time option is that it violates the query planner stability guarantee making it more difficult to ensure consistent performance in mass-produced applications.
SQLITE_ENABLE_STAT4 is an enhancement of SQLITE_ENABLE_STAT3. STAT3 only recorded histogram data for the left-most column of each index whereas the STAT4 enhancement records histogram data from all columns of each index.
The SQLITE_ENABLE_STAT3 compile-time option is a no-op and is ignored if the SQLITE_ENABLE_STAT4 compile-time option is used
|Allow URI Authority||sqlite_allow_uri_authority||URI filenames normally throws an error if the authority section is not either empty or "localhost".
However, if SQLite is compiled with the SQLITE_ALLOW_URI_AUTHORITY compile-time option, then the URI is converted into a Uniform Naming Convention (UNC) filename and passed down to the underlying operating system that way
|App Armor||sqlite_app_armor||When defined, this C-preprocessor macro activates extra code that attempts to detect misuse of the SQLite API, such as passing in NULL pointers to required parameters or using objects after they have been destroyed.
App Armor is not available under
|Disable Load Extensions||sqlite_omit_load_extension||Loading of external extensions is enabled by default.
To disable extension loading add the build tag
|Foreign Keys||sqlite_foreign_keys||This macro determines whether enforcement of foreign key constraints is enabled or disabled by default for new database connections.
Each database connection can always turn enforcement of foreign key constraints on and off and run-time using the foreign_keys pragma.
Enforcement of foreign key constraints is normally off by default, but if this compile-time parameter is set to 1, enforcement of foreign key constraints will be on by default
|Full Auto Vacuum||sqlite_vacuum_full||Set the default auto vacuum to full|
|Incremental Auto Vacuum||sqlite_vacuum_incr||Set the default auto vacuum to incremental|
|Full Text Search Engine||sqlite_fts5||When this option is defined in the amalgamation, versions 5 of the full-text search engine (fts5) is added to the build automatically|
|International Components for Unicode||sqlite_icu||This option causes the International Components for Unicode or "ICU" extension to SQLite to be added to the build|
|Introspect PRAGMAS||sqlite_introspect||This option adds some extra PRAGMA statements.
|JSON SQL Functions||sqlite_json||When this option is defined in the amalgamation, the JSON SQL functions are added to the build automatically|
|Pre Update Hook||sqlite_preupdate_hook||Registers a callback function that is invoked prior to each INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE operation on a database table.|
|Secure Delete||sqlite_secure_delete||This compile-time option changes the default setting of the secure_delete pragma.
When this option is not used, secure_delete defaults to off. When this option is present, secure_delete defaults to on.
The secure_delete setting causes deleted content to be overwritten with zeros. There is a small performance penalty since additional I/O must occur.
On the other hand, secure_delete can prevent fragments of sensitive information from lingering in unused parts of the database file after it has been deleted. See the documentation on the secure_delete pragma for additional information
|Secure Delete (FAST)||sqlite_secure_delete_fast||For more information see PRAGMA secure_delete|
|Tracing / Debug||sqlite_trace||Activate trace functions|
|User Authentication||sqlite_userauth||SQLite User Authentication see User Authentication for more information.|
This package requires
CGO_ENABLED=1 ennvironment variable if not set by default, and the presence of the
If you need to add additional CFLAGS or LDFLAGS to the build command, and do not want to modify this package. Then this can be achieved by using the
CGO_LDFLAGS environment variables.
This package can be compiled for android. Compile with:
go build --tags "android"
For more information see #201
To compile for
ARM use the following environment.
env CC=arm-linux-gnueabihf-gcc CXX=arm-linux-gnueabihf-g++ \ CGO_ENABLED=1 GOOS=linux GOARCH=arm GOARM=7 \ go build -v
This library can be cross-compiled.
In some cases you are required to the
CC environment variable with the cross compiler.
Cross Compiling from MAC OSX
The simplest way to cross compile from OSX is to use xgo.
- Install xgo (
go get github.com/karalabe/xgo).
- Ensure that your project is within your
Please refer to the project's README for further information.
Google Cloud Platform
Building on GCP is not possible because Google Cloud Platform does not allow
gcc to be executed.
Please work only with compiled final binaries.
To compile this package on Linux you must install the development tools for your linux distribution.
To compile under linux use the build tag
go build --tags "linux"
If you wish to link directly to libsqlite3 then you can use the
libsqlite3 build tag.
go build --tags "libsqlite3 linux"
When building in an
alpine container run the following command before building.
apk add --update gcc musl-dev
sudo yum groupinstall "Development Tools" "Development Libraries"
sudo apt-get install build-essential
OSX should have all the tools present to compile this package, if not install XCode this will add all the developers tools.
brew install sqlite3
For OSX there is an additional package install which is required if you wish to build the
This additional package can be installed with
brew upgrade icu4c
To compile for Mac OSX.
go build --tags "darwin"
If you wish to link directly to libsqlite3 then you can use the
libsqlite3 build tag.
go build --tags "libsqlite3 darwin"
To compile this package on Windows OS you must have the
gcc compiler installed.
- Install a Windows
- Add the
binfolders to the Windows path if the installer did not do this by default.
- Open a terminal for the TDM-GCC toolchain, can be found in the Windows Start menu.
- Navigate to your project folder and run the
go build ...command for this package.
For example the TDM-GCC Toolchain can be found here.
can not be used when making a shared object; recompile with -fPIC
When receiving a compile time error referencing recompile with
-FPICthen you are probably using a hardend system.
You can compile the library on a hardend system with the following command.
go build -ldflags '-extldflags=-fno-PIC'
More details see #120
Can't build go-sqlite3 on windows 64bit.
Probably, you are using go 1.0, go1.0 has a problem when it comes to compiling/linking on windows 64bit. See: #27
go get github.com/mattn/go-sqlite3throws compilation error.
internal compiler error
Remove the download repository from your disk and try re-install with:
go install github.com/mattn/go-sqlite3
This package supports the SQLite User Authentication module.
To use the User authentication module the package has to be compiled with the tag
sqlite_userauth. See Features.
Create protected database
To create a database protected by user authentication provide the following argument to the connection string
_auth. This will enable user authentication within the database. This option however requires two additional arguments:
_auth is present on the connection string user authentication will be enabled and the provided user will be created as an
admin user. After initial creation, the parameter
_auth has no effect anymore and can be omitted from the connection string.
Example connection string:
Create an user authentication database with user
admin and password
Create an user authentication database with user
admin and password
admin and use
SHA1 for the password encoding.
The passwords within the user authentication module of SQLite are encoded with the SQLite function
sqlite_cryp. This function uses a ceasar-cypher which is quite insecure. This library provides several additional password encoders which can be configured through the connection string.
The password cypher can be configured with the key
_auth_crypt. And if the configured password encoder also requires an salt this can be configured with
- SSHA1 (Salted SHA1)
- SSHA256 (salted SHA256)
- SSHA384 (salted SHA384)
- SSHA512 (salted SHA512)
Operations on the database regarding to user management can only be preformed by an administrator user.
The user authentication supports two kinds of users
- regular users
User management can be done by directly using the
*SQLiteConn or by SQL.
The following sql functions are available for user management.
||Will authenticate an user, this is done by the connection; and should not be used manually.|
||This function will add an user to the database.
if the database is not protected by user authentication it will enable it. Argument
||Function to modify an user. Users can change their own password, but only an administrator can change the administrator flag.|
||Delete an user from the database. Can only be used by an administrator. The current logged in administrator cannot be deleted. This is to make sure their is always an administrator remaining.|
These functions will return an integer.
- 0 (SQLITE_OK)
- 23 (SQLITE_AUTH) Failed to perform due to authentication or insufficient privileges
// Autheticate user // Create Admin User SELECT auth_user_add('admin2', 'admin2', 1); // Change password for user SELECT auth_user_change('user', 'userpassword', 0); // Delete user SELECT user_delete('user');
The following functions are available for User authentication from the
When using attached databases. SQLite will use the authentication from the
main database for the attached database(s).
If you want your own extension to be listed here or you want to add a reference to an extension; please submit an Issue for this.
Spatialite is available as an extension to SQLite, and can be used in combination with this repository. For an example see shaxbee/go-spatialite.
extension-functions.c from SQLite3 Contrib
extension-functions.c is available as an extension to SQLite, and provides the following functions:
- Math: acos, asin, atan, atn2, atan2, acosh, asinh, atanh, difference, degrees, radians, cos, sin, tan, cot, cosh, sinh, tanh, coth, exp, log, log10, power, sign, sqrt, square, ceil, floor, pi.
- String: replicate, charindex, leftstr, rightstr, ltrim, rtrim, trim, replace, reverse, proper, padl, padr, padc, strfilter.
- Aggregate: stdev, variance, mode, median, lower_quartile, upper_quartile
For an example see dinedal/go-sqlite3-extension-functions.
Getting insert error while query is opened.
You can pass some arguments into the connection string, for example, a URI. See: #39
Do you want to cross compile? mingw on Linux or Mac?
See: #106 See also: http://www.limitlessfx.com/cross-compile-golang-app-for-windows-from-linux.html
Want to get time.Time with current locale
_loc=autoin SQLite3 filename schema like
Can I use this in multiple routines concurrently?
Yes for readonly. But, No for writable. See #50, #51, #209, #274.
Why I'm getting
no such tableerror?
Why is it racy if I use a
Each connection to
":memory:"opens a brand new in-memory sql database, so if the stdlib's sql engine happens to open another connection and you've only specified
":memory:", that connection will see a brand new database. A workaround is to use
"file:foobar?mode=memory&cache=shared"). Every connection to this string will point to the same in-memory database.
Note that if the last database connection in the pool closes, the in-memory database is deleted. Make sure the max idle connection limit is > 0, and the connection lifetime is infinite.
For more information see
Reading from database with large amount of goroutines fails on OSX.
OS X limits OS-wide to not have more than 1000 files open simultaneously by default.
For more information see #289
Trying to execute a
.(dot) command throws an error.
Error: near ".": syntax errorDot command are part of SQLite3 CLI not of this library.
You need to implement the feature or call the sqlite3 cli.
More information see #305
database is locked
When you get a database is locked. Please use the following options.
Add to DSN:
db, err := sql.Open("sqlite3", "file:locked.sqlite?cache=shared")
Second please set the database connections of the SQL package to 1.
More information see #209
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sqlite3-binding.c, sqlite3-binding.h, sqlite3ext.h
The -binding suffix was added to avoid build failures under gccgo.
In this repository, those files are an amalgamation of code that was copied from SQLite3. The license of that code is the same as the license of SQLite3.
Yasuhiro Matsumoto (a.k.a mattn)