This is an extension for the SQLite Embeddable SQL Database Engine. SQLite is a C library that implements an embeddable SQL database engine. Programs that link with the SQLite library can have SQL database access without running a separate RDBMS process.

SQLite is not a client library used to connect to a big database server. SQLite is the server. The SQLite library reads and writes directly to and from the database files on disk.

Note: For further information see the SQLite Website (


Read the INSTALL file, which comes with the package. Or just use the PEAR installer with "pear install sqlite". SQLite itself is already included, You do not need to install any additional software.

Windows users may download the DLL version of the SQLite extension here: (php_sqlite.dll).

In PHP 5, the SQLite extension and the engine itself are bundled and compiled by default.


In order to have these functions available, you must compile PHP with SQLite support, or load the SQLite extension dynamically from your php.ini.

Resource Types

There are two resources used in the SQLite Interface. The first one is the database connection, the second one the result set.

Predefined Constants

The functions sqlite_fetch_array() and sqlite_current() use a constant for the different types of result arrays. The following constants are defined:

Table 1. SQLite fetch constants

SQLITE_ASSOC Columns are returned into the array having the fieldname as the array index.
SQLITE_BOTH Columns are returned into the array having both a numerical index and the fieldname as the array index.
SQLITE_NUM Columns are returned into the array having a numerical index to the fields. This index starts with 0, the first field in the result.

Runtime Configuration

The behaviour of these functions is affected by settings in php.ini.

Table 2. SQLite Configuration Options

For further details and definition of the PHP_INI_* constants see ini_set().

Here's a short explanation of the configuration directives.

sqlite.assoc_case int

Whether to use mixed case (0), upper case (1) or lower case (2) hash indexes.

This option is primarily useful when you need compatibility with other database systems, where the names of the columns are always returned as uppercase or lowercase, regardless of the case of the actual field names in the database schema.

The SQLite library returns the column names in their natural case (that matches the case you used in your schema). When sqlite.assoc_case is set to 0 the natural case will be preserved. When it is set to 1 or 2, PHP will apply case folding on the hash keys to upper- or lower-case the keys, respectively.

Use of this option incurs a slight performance penalty, but is MUCH faster than performing the case folding yourself using PHP script.

Table of Contents
sqlite_array_query -- Execute a query against a given database and returns an array
sqlite_busy_timeout -- Set busy timeout duration, or disable busy handlers
sqlite_changes --  Returns the number of rows that were changed by the most recent SQL statement
sqlite_close -- Closes an open SQLite database
sqlite_column -- Fetches a column from the current row of a result set
sqlite_create_aggregate -- Register an aggregating UDF for use in SQL statements
sqlite_create_function --  Registers a "regular" User Defined Function for use in SQL statements
sqlite_current -- Fetches the current row from a result set as an array
sqlite_error_string -- Returns the textual description of an error code
sqlite_escape_string -- Escapes a string for use as a query parameter
sqlite_exec --  Executes a result-less query against a given database
sqlite_factory --  Opens a SQLite database and creates an object for it
sqlite_fetch_all --  Fetches all rows from a result set as an array of arrays
sqlite_fetch_array -- Fetches the next row from a result set as an array
sqlite_fetch_column_types --  Return an array of column types from a particular table
sqlite_fetch_object --  Fetches the next row from a result set as an object
sqlite_fetch_single -- Fetches the first column of a result set as a string
sqlite_fetch_string -- Alias of sqlite_fetch_single()
sqlite_field_name -- Returns the name of a particular field
sqlite_has_more -- Returns whether or not more rows are available
sqlite_has_prev -- Returns whether or not a previous row is available
sqlite_last_error -- Returns the error code of the last error for a database
sqlite_last_insert_rowid -- Returns the rowid of the most recently inserted row
sqlite_libencoding -- Returns the encoding of the linked SQLite library
sqlite_libversion -- Returns the version of the linked SQLite library
sqlite_next -- Seek to the next row number
sqlite_num_fields -- Returns the number of fields in a result set
sqlite_num_rows -- Returns the number of rows in a buffered result set
sqlite_open -- Opens a SQLite database and create the database if it does not exist
sqlite_popen --  Opens a persistent handle to an SQLite database and create the database if it does not exist
sqlite_prev -- Seek to the previous row number of a result set
sqlite_query --  Executes a query against a given database and returns a result handle
sqlite_rewind -- Seek to the first row number
sqlite_seek -- Seek to a particular row number of a buffered result set
sqlite_single_query --  Executes a query and returns either an array for one single column or the value of the first row
sqlite_udf_decode_binary -- Decode binary data passed as parameters to an UDF
sqlite_udf_encode_binary -- Encode binary data before returning it from an UDF
sqlite_unbuffered_query -- Execute a query that does not prefetch and buffer all data