Embeds the SQLite database engine in R, providing a DBI-compliant interface. SQLite is a public-domain, single-user, very light-weight database engine that implements a decent subset of the SQL 92 standard, including the core table creation, updating, insertion, and selection operations, plus transaction management.

You can install the latest released version from CRAN with:


Or install the latest development version from GitHub with:

To install from GitHub, you’ll need a development environment.

Basic usage

dbWriteTable(con, "mtcars", mtcars)
dbListFields(con, "mtcars")
dbReadTable(con, "mtcars")
# You can fetch all results:
res <- dbSendQuery(con, "SELECT * FROM mtcars WHERE cyl = 4")

# Or a chunk at a time
res <- dbSendQuery(con, "SELECT * FROM mtcars WHERE cyl = 4")
  chunk <- dbFetch(res, n = 5)


Many thanks to Doug Bates, Seth Falcon, Detlef Groth, Ronggui Huang, Kurt Hornik, Uwe Ligges, Charles Loboz, Duncan Murdoch, and Brian D. Ripley for comments, suggestions, bug reports, and/or patches.