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SQLite (vapor/sqlite) is a wrapper around the libsqlite C-library.

The higher-level, Fluent ORM guide is located at Fluent → Getting Started. Using just the SQLite package directly for your project may be a good idea if any of the following are true:

  • You have an existing DB with non-standard structure.
  • You rely heavily on custom or complex SQL queries.
  • You just plain don't like ORMs.

SQLite core is built on top of DatabaseKit which provides some conveniences like connection pooling and integrations with Vapor's Services architecture.


Even if you do choose to use Fluent SQLite, all of the features of SQLite core will be available to you.

Getting Started

Let's take a look at how you can get started using SQLite core.


The first step to using SQLite core is adding it as a dependency to your project in your SPM package manifest file.

// swift-tools-version:4.0
import PackageDescription

let package = Package(
    name: "MyApp",
    dependencies: [
        /// Any other dependencies ...

        // 🔵 SQLite 3 wrapper for Swift.
        .package(url: "", from: "3.0.0"),
    targets: [
        .target(name: "App", dependencies: ["SQLite", ...]),
        .target(name: "Run", dependencies: ["App"]),
        .testTarget(name: "AppTests", dependencies: ["App"]),

Don't forget to add the module as a dependency in the targets array. Once you have added the dependency, regenerate your Xcode project with the following command:

vapor xcode


The next step is to configure the database in configure.swift.

import SQLite

/// Register providers first
try services.register(SQLiteProvider())

Registering the provider will add all of the services required for SQLite to work properly. It also includes a default database config struct that uses an in-memory DB.

Customizing Config

You can of course override the default configuration provided by SQLiteProvider if you'd like.

SQLite supports in-memory and file-based persistance. To configure your database manually, register a DatabasesConfig struct to your services.

// Configure a SQLite database
let sqlite = try SQLiteDatabase(storage: .file(path: "db.sqlite"))

/// Register the configured SQLite database to the database config.
var databases = DatabasesConfig()
databases.add(database: sqlite, as: .sqlite)

See SQLiteDatabase and SQLiteStorage for more information.

SQLite's default database identifier is .sqlite. You can create a custom identifier if you want by extending DatabaseIdentifier.


Now that the database is configured, you can make your first query.

struct SQLiteVersion: Codable {
    let version: String

router.get("sql") { req in
    return req.withPooledConnection(to: .sqlite) { conn in
            .column(function: "sqlite_version", as: "version")
            .all(decoding: SQLiteVersion.self)
    }.map { rows in
        return rows[0].version

Visiting this route should display your SQLite version.

Here we are making use database connection pooling. You can learn more about creating connections in DatabaseKit → Getting Started.

Once we have a connection, we can use select() to create a SELECT query builder. Learn more about building queries in SQL → Getting Started.

Visit SQLite's API docs for detailed information about all available types and methods.