Cover by Jay A. Kreibich

Safari, the world’s most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

Find the exact information you need to solve a problem on the fly, or go deeper to master the technologies and skills you need to succeed

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

O'Reilly logo

Appendix F. SQLite SQL PRAGMA Reference

This appendix covers all of the PRAGMA commands recognized by SQLite. Pragmas are SQLite-specific statements used to control various environmental variables and state flags within the SQLite environment. They are typically used to activate or configure many of the optional or advanced features of the SQLite library.

Although some pragmas are read-only, most pragma commands can be used to query the current value or set a new value. To query the current value, just provide the name of the pragma:

PRAGMA pragma_name;

In most cases this will return a one-column, one-row result set with the current value. To set a new value, use a syntax like this:

PRAGMA pragma_name = value;

Although a few pragmas will return the updated value, in most cases the set syntax will not return anything. Any unrecognized or malformed pragma will silently return without error. Be very careful about spelling your pragma commands correctly, or SQLite will consider the pragma unrecognized—an application bug that can be extremely difficult to find and fix.

Nearly all pragmas fall into one of two categories. The first category includes pragmas that are associated with the database connection. These pragma values can modify and control how the SQLite engine, as a whole, interacts with all of the databases attached to the database connection.

The second category of pragmas operate on specific databases. These pragmas will typically allow different values for each database that has ...

Find the exact information you need to solve a problem on the fly, or go deeper to master the technologies and skills you need to succeed

Start Free Trial

No credit card required