SQLite3 Library for ESP32 Arduino core

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SQLite3 Library for ESP32 Arduino core

Postby arundale » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:26 am

Sqlite3 Arduino library for ESP32

Github URL: https://github.com/siara-cc/esp32_arduino_sqlite3_lib/

This library enables access to SQLite database files from SPIFFS or SD Cards through ESP32 SoC. Given below is a picture of a board that has a ready-made Micro SD slot:



Sqlite3 C API such as sqlite3_open can be directly invoked. Before calling please invoke:

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   SD_MMC.begin(); // for Cards attached to the High speed 4-bit port 
   SPI.begin(); SD.begin(); // for Cards attached to the SPI bus
   SPIFFS.begin(); // For SPIFFS
as appropriate.

The ESP32 Arduino library has an excellent VFS layer. Even multiple cards can be supported on the SPI bus by specifying the pin number and mount point using the begin() method.

The default mount points are:

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   '/sdcard' // for SD_MMC 
   '/sd' // for SD on SPI
   '/spiffs' // For SPIFFS
and the filenames are to be prefixed with these paths in the sqlite3_open() function (such as sqlite3_open("/spiffs/my.db")).

Please see the examples for full illustration of usage for the different file systems. The sample databases given (under data folder) need to be copied to the Micro SD card root folder before the SD example can be used. Please see the comments section of the example.


While there is no wiring needed for SPIFFS, for attaching cards to SPI bus, please use the following connections:

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 * SD Card | ESP32
 *  DAT2       -
 *  DAT3       SS
 *  CMD        MOSI
 *  VSS        GND
 *  VDD        3.3V
 *  CLK        SCK
 *  DAT0       MISO
 *  DAT1       -
And for SD card attached to High-speed 4-bit SD_MMC port, use:

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 * SD Card | ESP32
 *  DAT2      12
 *  DAT3      13
 *  CMD       15
 *  VSS       GND
 *  VDD       3.3V
 *  CLK       14
 *  DAT0      2  (add 1K pull up after flashing)
 *  DAT1      4
If you are using a board such as shown in the picture above, this wiring is ready-made.


Please download this library, unzip it to the libraries folder of your ESP32 sdk location. The location varies according to your OS. For example, it is usually found in the following locations:
Windows: C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Arduino15
Linux: /home/<username>/.arduino15
MacOS: /home/<username>/Library/Arduino15
Under Arduino15 folder please navigate to
If you do not have the ESP32 sdk for Arduino, please see https://github.com/espressif/arduino-esp32 for installing it.

Dependencies / pre-requisites

No dependencies except for the Arduino SDK. The Sqlite3 code is included with the library.

Limitations on ESP32

No serious limitations, except its a bit slow on large datasets. It takes around 700 ms to retrieve from a dataset containing 10 million rows, even using the index.

Limitations of this library
  • Locking is not implemented. So it cannot be reliably used in a multi-threaded / multi-core code set, except for read-only operations.
  • As of now many features of Sqlite3 have been omitted, except for basic table and index operations. These are expected to be made available shortly.
  • The SPI bus wiring is not yet tested.
Limitations of Flash memory

Any Flash memory such as those available on SPIFFS or Micro SD cards have limitation on number of writes / erase per sector. Usually the limitation is 10000 writes or 100000 writes (on the same sector). Although ESP32 supports wear-levelling, this is to be kept in mind before venturing into write-intensive database projects. There is no limitation on reading from Flash.

  • This library was developed based on NodeMCU module developed by Luiz Felipe Silva. The documentation can be found here.
  • The census2000 and baby names databases were taken from here: http://2016.padjo.org/tutorials/sqlite- ... rterpacks/. But no license information is available.
  • The mdr512.db (Million Domain Rank database) was created with data from The Majestic Million and is provided under CC 3.0 Attribution license.
  • The ESP32 core for Arduino
  • The Arduino platform
Screenshot (output of Micro SD example)



Please contact the author (Arundale Ramanathan) at arun@siara.cc if you find any problem (or create github issue).

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Re: SQLite3 Library for ESP32 Arduino core

Postby rouyro » Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:09 am


I would use insert into with variable values.
Example Arduino:
String a;
String b;
int c;
rc = db_exec(db2,"insert into login (nom,password,temperature) VALUES(a,b,c);");
This line don't work, ils give me error.
Can you help me?
How to do?
Thank you advance.

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