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Using an SQLite Database in an Android ApplicationBack to Android Cookbook Home | Up to Chapter: Data Persistence

Author: Rachee Singh ('racheesingh')
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FormatLanguage: WikiFormat

Using an SQLite Database in an Android Application


Data persistence in the application.


Using SQLite to store the application data. This would involve inherit SQLiteOpenHelper class.


In order to use SQLite databases in an Android application, it is necessary to inherit SQLiteOpenHelper class. This is an inbuilt class that helps load a database file. It checks for the existence of the database file and if it exists, it loads it otherwise it creates one.

public class SqlOpenHelper extends SQLiteOpenHelper {

The constructor for the SQLiteOpenHelper class takes in a few arguments: Context, database name, CursorFactory object (may be null), database schema version number. The schema version is used to decide when to run your onUpdate() method.

        public static final String DBNAME = "tasksdb.sqlite";
	public static final int VERSION =1;
	public static final String TABLE_NAME = "tasks";
	public static final String ID= "id";
	public static final String NAME="name";
	public SqlOpenHelper(Context context) {
		super(context, DBNAME, null, VERSION);

Creating a database in SQL uses the "create" statement:

create table <table-name> (column1 integer PRIMARY key AUTOINCREMENT not null, column2 TEXT);

	public void onCreate(SQLiteDatabase db) {

	private void createDatabase(SQLiteDatabase db) {
		db.execSQL("create table " + TABLE_NAME + "(" +
			ID + " integer primary key autoincrement not null, " + 
			NAME + " text " 
			+ ");"

To get a handle on the SQL database you created, instantiate the class inheriting SQLiteOpenHelper:

	SqlOpenHelper helper = new SqlOpenHelper(this);
	SQLiteDatabase database= helper.getWritableDatabase();

Now, the SQLiteDatabase database can be used to load elements stored in the database, update and insert elements to it.

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