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       sqlite3 - A command line interface for SQLite version 3


       sqlite3 [options] [databasefile] [SQL]


       sqlite3  is  a  terminal-based front-end to the SQLite library that can
       evaluate queries interactively and  display  the  results  in  multiple
       formats.   sqlite3  can  also  be  used  within shell scripts and other
       applications to provide batch processing features.


       To start a sqlite3 interactive session, invoke the sqlite3 command  and
       optionally  provide  the name of a database file.  If the database file
       does not exist, it will be created.  If the database file  does  exist,
       it will be opened.

       For  example, to create a new database file named "mydata.db", create a
       table named "memos" and insert a couple of records into that table:

       $ sqlite3 mydata.db
       SQLite version 3.7.9
       Enter ".help" for instructions
       sqlite> create table memos(text, priority INTEGER);
       sqlite> insert into memos values('deliver project description', 10);
       sqlite> insert into memos values('lunch with Christine', 100);
       sqlite> select * from memos;
       deliver project description|10
       lunch with Christine|100

       If no database name is supplied, the ATTACH sql command can be used  to
       attach  to  existing  or create new database files.  ATTACH can also be
       used to attach  to  multiple  databases  within  the  same  interactive
       session.  This is useful for migrating data between databases, possibly
       changing the schema along the way.

       Optionally, a SQL statement or set of SQL statements can be supplied as
       a  single  argument.   Multiple statements should be separated by semi-

       For example:

       $ sqlite3 -line mydata.db 'select * from memos where priority > 20;'
           text = lunch with Christine
       priority = 100

       The interactive interpreter offers a set of meta-commands that  can  be
       used  to  control  the  output  format,  examine the currently attached
       database files, or perform administrative operations upon the  attached
       databases  (such  as  rebuilding  indices).    Meta-commands are always
       prefixed with a dot (.).

       A list of available meta-commands can be viewed at any time by  issuing
       the '.help' command.  For example:

       sqlite> .help
       .backup ?DB? FILE      Backup DB (default "main") to FILE
       .bail ON|OFF           Stop after hitting an error.  Default OFF
       .databases             List names and files of attached databases
       .dump ?TABLE? ...      Dump the database in an SQL text format
                                If TABLE specified, only dump tables matching
                                LIKE pattern TABLE.
       .echo ON|OFF           Turn command echo on or off
       .exit                  Exit this program
       .explain ?ON|OFF?      Turn output mode suitable for EXPLAIN on or off.
                                With no args, it turns EXPLAIN on.
       .header(s) ON|OFF      Turn display of headers on or off
       .help                  Show this message
       .import FILE TABLE     Import data from FILE into TABLE
       .indices ?TABLE?       Show names of all indices
                                If TABLE specified, only show indices for tables
                                matching LIKE pattern TABLE.
       .load FILE ?ENTRY?     Load an extension library
       .log FILE|off          Turn logging on or off.  FILE can be stderr/stdout
       .mode MODE ?TABLE?     Set output mode where MODE is one of:
                                csv      Comma-separated values
                                column   Left-aligned columns.  (See .width)
                                html     HTML <table> code
                                insert   SQL insert statements for TABLE
                                line     One value per line
                                list     Values delimited by .separator string
                                tabs     Tab-separated values
                                tcl      TCL list elements
       .nullvalue STRING      Print STRING in place of NULL values
       .output FILENAME       Send output to FILENAME
       .output stdout         Send output to the screen
       .prompt MAIN CONTINUE  Replace the standard prompts
       .quit                  Exit this program
       .read FILENAME         Execute SQL in FILENAME
       .restore ?DB? FILE     Restore content of DB (default "main") from FILE
       .schema ?TABLE?        Show the CREATE statements
                                If TABLE specified, only show tables matching
                                LIKE pattern TABLE.
       .separator STRING      Change separator used by output mode and .import
       .show                  Show the current values for various settings
       .stats ON|OFF          Turn stats on or off
       .tables ?TABLE?        List names of tables
                                If TABLE specified, only list tables matching
                                LIKE pattern TABLE.
       .timeout MS            Try opening locked tables for MS milliseconds
       .width NUM1 NUM2 ...   Set column widths for "column" mode
       .timer ON|OFF          Turn the CPU timer measurement on or off


       sqlite3 has the following options:

       -init file
              Read and execute commands from file , which can contain a mix of
              SQL statements and meta-commands.

       -echo  Print commands before execution.

              Turn headers on or off.

       -bail  Stop after hitting an error.

              Force interactive I/O .

       -batch Force batch I/O .

              Query results will be displayed in  a  table  like  form,  using
              whitespace  characters  to  separate  the  columns and align the

       -csv   Set output mode to CSV (comma separated values).

       -html  Query results will be output as simple HTML tables.

       -line  Query results will be displayed with one value  per  line,  rows
              separated  by  a  blank  line.   Designed to be easily parsed by
              scripts or other programs

       -list  Query results will  be  displayed  with  the  separator  (|,  by
              default) character between each field value.  The default.

       -separator separator
              Set output field separator.  Default is '|'.

       -stats Print memory stats before each finalize.

       -nullvalue string
              Set  string used to represent NULL values.  Default is '' (empty

              Show SQLite version.

       -vfs name
              Use name as the default VFS .

       -help  Show help on options and exit.


       sqlite3 reads an initialization file to set the  configuration  of  the
       interactive  environment.   Throughout  initialization,  any previously
       specified setting can be overridden.  The sequence of initialization is
       as follows:

       o The default configuration is established as follows:

       mode            = LIST
       separator       = "|"
       main prompt     = "sqlite> "
       continue prompt = "   ...> "

       o  If the file ~/.sqliterc exists, it is processed first.  can be found
       in the user's home directory, it is  read  and  processed.   It  should
       generally only contain meta-commands.

       o If the -init option is present, the specified file is processed.

       o All other command line options are processed.

       The sqlite3-doc package.


       This   manual   page   was   originally  written  by  Andreas  Rottmann
       <>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by
       others).  It  was subsequently revised by Bill Bumgarner <>
       and further updated by Laszlo Boszormenyi <> .

                         Sat Nov  5 15:57:18 CET 2011               SQLITE3(1)