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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-colons.

       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

       -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 output.

       -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 string).

              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)