How To Use SQLite Database In Android Studio

SQLite is an Open Source database. SQLite supports standard relational database features like SQL syntax, transactions and prepared statements. The database requires limited memory at runtime (approx. 250 KByte) which makes it a light weight database to embed into other runtimes. SQLite supports the data types TEXT (like String in Java), INTEGER (like long in Java) and REAL (like double in Java). All other types must be converted into one of these fields before getting saved in the database. SQLite is different from most other SQL database engines in that its primary design goal is to be simple and simple to administer and simple to operate and simple to embed in a larger program and simple to maintain and customize.

Features of SQLite

1. Zero configuration: SQLite does not need to be installed as there is no setup procedure to use it.

2. Serverless: SQLite is not implemented as a separate server process.

3. Stable Cross-Platform Database File: The SQLite file format is cross-platform.

4. Single Database File: A SQLite database is a single ordinary disk file that can be located anywhere in the directory hierarchy.

5. Compact: When optimized for size, the whole SQLite library with everything enabled is less than 400KB in size

Advantages of using SQLite

1. There is no file parsing and no need to generate code to read/write/update the file.

2. Content can be accessed and updated using powerful SQL queries, greatly reducing the complexity of the application code.

3. The content can be viewed using third-party tools like Toad.

4. The application file is portable across all operating systems, 32-bit and 64-bit and big- and little-endian architectures.

5. Content is updated continuously and atomically so that there is no work lost in the event of a power failure or crash.

SQL Commands

1. Command to create a table


Create table <table-name> ( col-name data-type, col-name data-type, ....n); SQLite supports the data types TEXT (like String in Java), INTEGER (like long in Java) and REAL (like double in Java). 


Create table Empoyee (Id INTEGER, Name TEXT, Salary REAL);

2. Command to insert data into a table


Insert into values (val1,val2,val3,.....n);


Insert into Employee values (1212, �Adwaith�, 1500000.00);
Note: - TEXT must be enclosed in single quotations.

3. Command to Update data in a table


Update set col1 = value, col2 = value, ....n where condition;


Update Employee set Salary=1800000.00 where id=1212;

4. Command to Delete data from a table


Delete from where condition;


Delete from Employee where id=1212;

5. Command to Read set of data from a table


Select * from ;


Select * from Employee;


Select * from where condition;


Select * from Employee where id = 1212;


Select , from where condition;


Select Name, Salary from Employee where Id = 1212;

SQLiteOpenHelper class (public abstract class)

The android.database.sqlite.SQLiteOpenHelper class is used for database creation and version management. For performing any database operation, you have to provide the implementation of onCreate() and onUpgrade() methods of SQLiteOpenHelper class.

Constructor of SQLiteOpenHelper class


SQLiteOpenHelper(Context context, String name, SQLiteDatabase.CursorFactory factory, int version)


Creates an object for creating, opening and managing the database.

Methods of SQLiteOpenHelper class


public abstract void onCreate(SQLiteDatabasedb)
Called only once when database is created for the first time.

public abstract void onUpgrade(SQLiteDatabasedb, intoldVersion, intnewVersion)
Called when database needs to be upgraded.

public synchronized void close ()
Closes the database object.

public void onDowngrade(SQLiteDatabasedb, intoldVersion, intnewVersion)
Called when database needs to be downgraded.

SQLite Database Class

It contains methods to be performed on sqlite database such as create, update, delete, select etc.

Method of SQLite Database Class

void execSQL(String sql)
Execute the SQL query not select query

Java Snippet to creating a table (src/package/ 

 public class DBClass extends SQLiteOpenHelper
static String DATABASE_NAME = "Sample";
static int DATABASE_VERSION = 1;
public DBClass(Context context)
super(context, DATABASE_NAME, null, DATABASE_VERSION);
public void onCreate(SQLiteDatabase db)
String qry = "create table table one(id integer,name text,avg real,total integer)";
public void onUpgrade(SQLiteDatabase db, int oldVersion, int newVersion)
// TODO Auto-generated method stub

Java Snippet (src/package/

protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState)
DBClass d= new DBClass(getApplicationContext());

Java Snippet to inserting a row into table (src/package/ 

public void insertData(){
SQLiteDatabasedb = this.getWritableDatabase();
String qry = "insert into tableone values(1212,'Ravi',90.25,456)";
qry = "insert into table one values(1213,'Kumar',80.25,400)";
qry = "insert into table one values(1214,'Krishna',70.25,886)";
qry = "insert into table one values(1215,'Mohan',60.25,356)";


User defined method need to be called explicitly by using reference.
getWritableDatabase () Create and/or open a database that will be used for reading and writing. The first time this is called, the database will be opened and onCreate(SQLiteDatabase), onUpgrade(SQLiteDatabase, int, int) will be called. Once opened successfully, the database is cached, so you can call this method every time you need to write to the database. (Make sure to call close() when you no longer need the database.)

Java Snippet to update a row in a table (src/package/

public void updateData(){
SQLiteDatabase db = this.getWritableDatabase();
String qry = "update table one set avg = 75.5, total=380 where id=1212";

Note: User defined method need to be called explicitly by using reference.
Example: d.updateData();

Java Snippet to delete a row in table (src/package/

public void deleteData(){
SQLiteDatabase db = this.getWritableDatabase();
String qry = "Delete from table one where id = 1215";

Note: User defined method need to be called explicitly by using reference.
Example: - d.deleteData();

Java Snippet to View rows from table (src/package/

public String getAllContacts(){
String values = "Detail = ";
// Select All Query
String selectQuery = "SELECT * FROM table one";

SQLiteDatabase db = this.getWritableDatabase();
Cursor cursor = db.rawQuery(selectQuery, null);

// looping through all rows and adding to list
if (cursor.moveToFirst()) {
do {
int id = cursor.getInt(0);
String name = cursor.getString(1);
float avg = cursor.getFloat(2);
int total = cursor.getInt(3);

values= values+"-"+id+"-"+name+"-"+avg+"-"+total+"----";

} while (cursor.moveToNext());
return values;


android.database.Cursor This interface provides random read-write access to the result set returned by a database query. rawQuery (String sql, String[] selectionArgs).Runs the provided SQL and returns a Cursor over the result set.
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