SQLite3 (Python)

How to use SQLite with Python.

Opening/Closing Connections and Command Execution

After importing the built-in sqlite3 module, you need to establish a connection with your database.

import sqlite3

conn = sqlite3.connect("database.db") # if found at filepath
conn = sqlite3.connect(":memory:")    # to use RAM (flushed after use)

After creating the connection, create a cursor object and use it to run SQL commands via execute.

c = conn.cursor()

Once all commands have been run, be sure to commit your changes and close the connection.


.fetchone() and .fetchall()

After you have executed a SELECT command, you can use the cursor as an iterator with fetchone(), which will recall each returned row one by one, or fetchall() to return all rows at once.

Outputting Dicts

You can output dicts instead of tuples by using the following from the docs:

import sqlite3

def dict_factory(cursor, row):
    d = {}
    for idx, col in enumerate(cursor.description):
        d[col[0]] = row[idx]
    return d

con = sqlite3.connect(":memory:")
con.row_factory = dict_factory
cur = con.cursor()
cur.execute("select 1 as a")


Pretty Printing

You can pretty print query resullts using the Pandas module.

import pandas as pd
import sqlite3

# set up the database

# Allow results to expand in width
pd.options.display.max_colwidth = 200

cursor.execute('''SELECT * FROM table''')

Get table names from database

SELECT name 
FROM sqlite_master 
WHERE type = 'table';


  1. https://docs.python.org/3/library/sqlite3.html
  2. https://sqlite.org/autoinc.html
  3. https://sqlite.org/datatype3.html
  4. https://docs.python.org/3/library/sqlite3.html#sqlite3.Connection.row_factory

Last modified: 202212070107