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expo-sqlite gives your app access to a database that can be queried through a WebSQL-like API. The database is persisted across restarts of your app.
An example to do list app is available that uses this module for storage.

Platform Compatibility

Android DeviceAndroid EmulatoriOS DeviceiOS SimulatorWeb


→ expo install expo-sqlite

If you're installing this in a bare React Native app, you should also follow these additional installation instructions.

import * as SQLite from 'expo-sqlite';

Open a database, creating it if it doesn't exist, and return a Database object. On disk, the database will be created under the app's documents directory, i.e. ${FileSystem.documentDirectory}/SQLite/${name}.

  • name (string) -- Name of the database file to open.
The version, description and size arguments are ignored, but are accepted by the function for compatibility with the WebSQL specification.

Returns a Database object, described below.

Database objects are returned by calls to SQLite.openDatabase(). Such an object represents a connection to a database on your device. They support one method:
  • db.transaction(callback, error, success)
    Execute a database transaction.

    • callback (function) -- A function representing the transaction to perform. Takes a Transaction (see below) as its only parameter, on which it can add SQL statements to execute.
    • error (function) -- Called if an error occurred processing this transaction. Takes a single parameter describing the error.
    • success (function) -- Called when the transaction has completed executing on the database.

A Transaction object is passed in as a parameter to the callback parameter for the db.transaction() method on a Database (see above). It allows enqueuing SQL statements to perform in a database transaction. It supports one method:
  • tx.executeSql(sqlStatement, arguments, success, error)
    Enqueue a SQL statement to execute in the transaction. Authors are strongly recommended to make use of the ? placeholder feature of the method to avoid against SQL injection attacks, and to never construct SQL statements on the fly.

    • sqlStatement (string) -- A string containing a database query to execute expressed as SQL. The string may contain ? placeholders, with values to be substituted listed in the arguments parameter.
    • arguments (array) -- An array of values (numbers or strings) to substitute for ? placeholders in the SQL statement.
    • success (function) -- Called when the query is successfully completed during the transaction. Takes two parameters: the transaction itself, and a ResultSet object (see below) with the results of the query.
    • error (function) -- Called if an error occurred executing this particular query in the transaction. Takes two parameters: the transaction itself, and the error object.

ResultSet objects are returned through second parameter of the success callback for the tx.executeSql() method on a Transaction (see above). They have the following form:
  rows: {
  • insertId (number) -- The row ID of the row that the SQL statement inserted into the database, if a row was inserted.
  • rowsAffected (number) -- The number of rows that were changed by the SQL statement.
  • rows.length (number) -- The number of rows returned by the query.
  • rows.item (function) -- rows.item(index) returns the row with the given index. If there is no such row, returns null.
  • rows.array (_number) -- The actual array of rows returned by the query. Can be used directly instead of getting rows through rows.item().

In order to open a new SQLite database using an existing .db file you already have, you need to do three things:
  • expo install expo-file-system expo-asset
  • create a metro.config.js file in the root of your project with the following contents (curious why? read here):
const { getDefaultConfig } = require('expo/metro-config');

const defaultConfig = getDefaultConfig(__dirname);

module.exports = {
  resolver: {
    assetExts: [...defaultConfig.resolver.assetExts, 'db'],
  • Use the following function (or similar) to open your database:
async function openDatabase(pathToDatabaseFile: string): Promise<SQLite.WebSQLDatabase> {
  if (!(await FileSystem.getInfoAsync(FileSystem.documentDirectory + 'SQLite')).exists) {
    await FileSystem.makeDirectoryAsync(FileSystem.documentDirectory + 'SQLite');
  await FileSystem.downloadAsync(
    FileSystem.documentDirectory + 'SQLite/myDatabaseName.db'
  return SQLite.openDatabase('myDatabaseName.db');

Please note that you should use this kind of execution only when it is necessary. For instance, when code is a no-op within transactions (like eg. PRAGMA foreign_keys = ON;).
const db = SQLite.openDatabase('dbName', version);

db.exec([{ sql: 'PRAGMA foreign_keys = ON;', args: [] }], false, () =>
  console.log('Foreign keys turned on')