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DB Browser for SQLite

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What it is

DB Browser for SQLite (DB4S) is a high quality, visual, open source tool to create, design, and edit database files compatible with SQLite.

DB4S is for users and developers who want to create, search, and edit databases. DB4S uses a familiar spreadsheet-like interface, so complicated SQL commands do not have to be learned.

Controls and wizards are available for users to:

  • Create and compact database files
  • Create, define, modify and delete tables
  • Create, define, and delete indexes
  • Browse, edit, add, and delete records
  • Search records
  • Import and export records as text
  • Import and export tables from/to CSV files
  • Import and export databases from/to SQL dump files
  • Issue SQL queries and inspect the results
  • Examine a log of all SQL commands issued by the application
  • Plot simple graphs based on table or query data

What it is not

Even though DB4S comes with a spreadsheet-like interface, it is not meant to replace your spreadsheet application. We implement a few convenience functions which go beyond a simple database frontend but do not add them when they do not make sense in a database context or are so complex to implement that they will only ever be a poor replacement for your favorite spreadsheet application. We are a small team with limited time after all. Thanks for your understanding :)

Wiki

For user and developer documentation, check out our Wiki at: https://github.com/sqlitebrowser/sqlitebrowser/wiki.

Continuous, Nightly builds

Download continuous builds for AppImage and macOS here:

Download nightly builds for Windows and macOS here:

Windows

Download Windows releases here:

Or use Chocolatey:

choco install sqlitebrowser

Or use winget:

winget install -e --id DBBrowserForSQLite.DBBrowserForSQLite

Note: If for some reason the standard Windows release does not work (e.g. gives an error), try a nightly build. Nightly builds often fix bugs reported after the last release. :D

macOS

DB Browser for SQLite works well on macOS.

  • macOS 10.15 (Catalina) - 14.0 (Sonoma) are tested and known to work.

Stable release

Download macOS releases here:

The latest macOS binary can be installed via Homebrew Cask:

brew install --cask db-browser-for-sqlite

Continuous, Nightly builds

Continuous builds are available here:

Nightly builds are available here:

and also you can be installed via Homebrew Cask:

brew tap homebrew/cask-versions

# for the version without SQLCipher support
brew install --cask db-browser-for-sqlite-nightly

# for the version with SQLCipher support
brew install --cask db-browser-for-sqlcipher-nightly

It also has its own Homebrew tap the include Cask for older version.
For more information, see the following: https://github.com/sqlitebrowser/homebrew-tap

Linux

DB Browser for SQLite works well on Linux.

Arch Linux

Arch Linux provides an up to date version

Install with the following command:

sudo pacman -S sqlitebrowser

Debian

Debian focuses more on stability rather than newest features.
Therefore packages will typically contain an older (but well tested) version, compared to the latest release.

Update the cache using:

sudo apt-get update

Install the package using:

sudo apt-get install sqlitebrowser

Fedora

Install for Fedora (i386 and x86_64) by issuing the following command:

sudo dnf install sqlitebrowser

openSUSE

sudo zypper install sqlitebrowser

Ubuntu and Derivatives

Stable release

For Ubuntu and derivatives, @deepsidhu1313 provides a PPA with the latest release here:

To add this PPA just type in this command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:linuxgndu/sqlitebrowser

Then update the cache using:

sudo apt-get update

Install the package using:

sudo apt-get install sqlitebrowser

Packages for Older Ubuntu releases are supported while launchpad keeps building those or if Older Ubuntu release has dependency packages that are required to build the latest version of Sqlitebrowser. We don't remove builds from our ppa repos, so users can still install older version of sqlitebrowser if they like. Alternatively Linux users can also switch to Snap packages if Snap packages are supported by the distro they are using.

Nightly builds

Nightly builds are available here:

To add this PPA, type these commands into the terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:linuxgndu/sqlitebrowser-testing

Then update the cache using:

sudo apt-get update

Install the package using:

sudo apt-get install sqlitebrowser

Other Linux

On others, compile DB4S using the instructions in BUILDING.md.

FreeBSD

DB Browser for SQLite works well on FreeBSD, and there is a port for it (thanks to lbartoletti :smile:).
DB4S can be installed using either this command:

make -C /usr/ports/databases/sqlitebrowser install

or this command:

pkg install sqlitebrowser

Snap packages

Get it from the Snap Store

Snap Nightlies

 snap install sqlitebrowser --devmode

Snap Stable

 snap install sqlitebrowser

Compiling

Instructions for compiling on Windows, macOS, Linux, and FreeBSD are in BUILDING.

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Follow us on X: https://x.com/sqlitebrowser

Website

Old project page

Releases

History

This program was developed originally by Mauricio Piacentini (@piacentini) from Tabuleiro Producoes as the Arca Database Browser. The original version was used as a free companion tool to the Arca Database Xtra, a commercial product that embeds SQLite databases with some additional extensions to handle compressed and binary data.

The original code was trimmed and adjusted to be compatible with standard SQLite 2.x databases. The resulting program was renamed SQLite Database Browser, and released into the Public Domain by Mauricio. Icons were contributed by Raquel Ravanini, also from Tabuleiro. Jens Miltner (@jmiltner) contributed the code to support SQLite 3.x databases for the 1.2 release.

Pete Morgan (@daffodil) created an initial project on GitHub with the code in 2012, where several contributors fixed and improved pieces over the years. René Peinthor (@rp-) and Martin Kleusberg (@MKleusberg) then became involved, and have been the main driving force from that point. Justin Clift (@justinclift) helps out with testing on OSX, and started the new github.com/sqlitebrowser organisation on GitHub.

John T. Haller, of PortableApps.com fame, created the new logo. He based it on the Tango icon set (public domain).

In August 2014, the project was renamed to "Database Browser for SQLite" at the request of Richard Hipp (creator of SQLite), as the previous name was creating unintended support issues.

In September 2014, the project was renamed to "DB Browser for SQLite", to avoid confusion with an existing application called "Database Browser".

Contributors

View the list by going to the Contributors tab.

License

DB Browser for SQLite is bi-licensed under the Mozilla Public License Version 2, as well as the GNU General Public License Version 3 or later.

Modification or redistribution is permitted under the conditions of these licenses.

Check LICENSE-PLUGINS for other rights regarding included third-party resources.