SQLite script - How to read/execute a SQLite script

SQLite script FAQ: How do I read/execute a "create tables" script from the SQLite command line? (How do I read or execute commands in a file from the sqlite3 command line?)

Many times when you're working with a database, you'll keep all your "create table" commands in a database script, which you'll then execute from your database server command line prompt. The file of database commands you execute is often referred to as a "script", or in this case, a "SQLite script".

How to execute a SQLite script (file)

SQLite is no different, and assuming your create table commands are in a file named create.sql, you can execute your script from the SQLite command line using the ".read" command, like this:

sqlite> .read create.sql

As the name of the command implies, this will read and execute all the commands in your SQLite script.

On a related note, if you need an example SQLite script to work with, please see my SQLite create table examples article.


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