How To Install SQLite on Debian 10

Install SQLite on Debian 10

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install SQLite on Debian 10. For those of you who didn’t know, SQLite is a lightweight command-line database program. It is one of the nearly efficient database engines on the planet. In part, thanks to that manufactured in C Language which makes this very efficient in managing the assets of the system.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of SQLite on a Debian 10 (Buster).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 10 (Buster).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install SQLite on Debian 10 Buster

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing SQLite on Debian 10.

Now run the following command to install SQLite on the Debian Linux system:

sudo apt install sqlite3

Once that’s complete, check the version:

$ sqlite3 --version
3.27.2 2021-01-19 16:46:36

To start sqlite3 run the following command:

$ sqlite3
SQLite version 3.27.2 2021-01-19 16:46:36
Enter ".help" for usage hints.
Connected to a transient in-memory database.
Use ".open FILENAME" to reopen on a persistent database.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed SQLite. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing SQLite on Debian 10 Buster. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official SQLite website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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