The sqlite-simple package

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Mid-level SQLite client library, based on postgresql-simple.

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Dependencies base (<5), bytestring (>=0.9), containers, direct-sqlite (==2.0.*), old-locale (>=, text (>=0.11.1), time, transformers [details]
License BSD3
Copyright (c) 2011 MailRank, Inc., (c) 2011-2012 Leon P Smith, (c) 2012 Janne Hellsten
Author Bryan O'Sullivan, Leon P Smith, Janne Hellsten
Maintainer Janne Hellsten <>
Category Database
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Uploaded Mon Aug 20 21:27:16 UTC 2012 by JanneHellsten
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sqlite-simple: mid-level bindings to the sqlite database

This library is a mid-level Haskell binding to the SQLite database.

Sqlite-simple provides a convenient API to sqlite that does some level of automatic data conversion between the database and Haskell types. The API has been modeled directly after postgresql-simple which in turn borrows from mysql-simple.

The library has been fairly well unit tested, but I still consider it somewhat experimental.


The usual cabal/cabal-dev instructions apply.

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Examples of use

Create a test database by copy&pasting the below snippet to your shell:

sqlite3 test.db "CREATE TABLE test (id INTEGER PRIMARY KEY, str text);\
INSERT INTO test (str) VALUES ('test string');"

..and access it in Haskell:

{-# LANGUAGE OverloadedStrings #-}
import Control.Applicative
import Database.SQLite.Simple
import Database.SQLite.Simple.FromRow

data TestField = TestField Int String deriving (Show)

instance FromRow TestField where
  fromRow = TestField <$> field <*> field

main :: IO ()
main = do
  conn <- open "test.db"
  execute conn "INSERT INTO test (str) VALUES (?)"
    (Only ("test string 2" :: String))
  r <- query_ conn "SELECT * from test" :: IO [TestField]
  mapM_ print r
  close conn

More simple usage examples can be found from sqlite-simple unit tests.


The development roadmap for sqlite-simple is mostly captured in the github issue database.

I'm happy to receive bug reports, fixes, documentation enhancements, and other improvements.

Please report bugs via the github issue tracker.

For general database issues with a Haskell focus, I recommend sending e-mail to the database-devel mailing list.


A lot of the code is directly borrowed from mysql-simple by Bryan O'Sullivan and from postgresql-simple by Leon P. Smith. Like Leon in postgresql-simple, I borrow code and documentation directly from both of these ancestor libraries.

This package builds on top of the direct-sqlite package by Irene Knapp.

SQLite is rather weakly-typed and thus the SQL to Haskell type strictness of the parent projects does not necessarily apply to this package.