SQLite is an open-source relational database i.e. used to perform database operations on android devices such as storing, manipulating or retrieving persistent data from the database.

It is embedded in android bydefault. So, there is no need to perform any database setup or administration task.

Here, we are going to see the example of sqlite to store and fetch the data. Data is displayed in the logcat. For displaying data on the spinner or listview, move to the next page.

SQLiteOpenHelper class provides the functionality to use the SQLite database.

SQLiteOpenHelper class

The android.database.sqlite.SQLiteOpenHelper class is used for database creation and version management. For performing any database operation, you have to provide the implementation of onCreate() and onUpgrade() methods of SQLiteOpenHelper class.

Constructors of SQLiteOpenHelper class

There are two constructors of SQLiteOpenHelper class.

Constructor Description
SQLiteOpenHelper(Context context, String name, SQLiteDatabase.CursorFactory factory, int version) creates an object for creating, opening and managing the database.
SQLiteOpenHelper(Context context, String name, SQLiteDatabase.CursorFactory factory, int version, DatabaseErrorHandler errorHandler) creates an object for creating, opening and managing the database. It specifies the error handler.

Methods of SQLiteOpenHelper class

There are many methods in SQLiteOpenHelper class. Some of them are as follows:

Method Description
public abstract void onCreate(SQLiteDatabase db) called only once when database is created for the first time.
public abstract void onUpgrade(SQLiteDatabase db, int oldVersion, int newVersion) called when database needs to be upgraded.
public synchronized void close () closes the database object.
public void onDowngrade(SQLiteDatabase db, int oldVersion, int newVersion) called when database needs to be downgraded.

SQLiteDatabase class

It contains methods to be performed on sqlite database such as create, update, delete, select etc.

Methods of SQLiteDatabase class

There are many methods in SQLiteDatabase class. Some of them are as follows:

Method Description
void execSQL(String sql) executes the sql query not select query.
long insert(String table, String nullColumnHack, ContentValues values) inserts a record on the database. The table specifies the table name, nullColumnHack doesn’t allow completely null values. If second argument is null, android will store null values if values are empty. The third argument specifies the values to be stored.
int update(String table, ContentValues values, String whereClause, String[] whereArgs) updates a row.
Cursor query(String table, String[] columns, String selection, String[] selectionArgs, String groupBy, String having, String orderBy) returns a cursor over the resultset.

Example of android SQLite database

Let’s see the simple example of android sqlite database.

File: Contact.java
package example.javatpoint.com.sqlitetutorial;  
public class Contact {  
    int _id;  
    String _name;  
    String _phone_number;  
    public Contact(){   }  
    public Contact(int id, String name, String _phone_number){  
        this._id = id;  
        this._name = name;  
        this._phone_number = _phone_number;  
    public Contact(String name, String _phone_number){  
        this._name = name;  
        this._phone_number = _phone_number;  
    public int getID(){  
        return this._id;  
    public void setID(int id){  
        this._id = id;  
    public String getName(){  
        return this._name;  
    public void setName(String name){  
        this._name = name;  
    public String getPhoneNumber(){  
        return this._phone_number;  
    public void setPhoneNumber(String phone_number){  
        this._phone_number = phone_number;  
File: DatabaseHandler.java

Now, let’s create the database handler class that extends SQLiteOpenHelper class and provides the implementation of its methods.

package example.javatpoint.com.sqlitetutorial;  
import android.content.ContentValues;  
import android.content.Context;  
import android.database.Cursor;  
import android.database.sqlite.SQLiteDatabase;  
import android.database.sqlite.SQLiteOpenHelper;  
import java.util.ArrayList;  
import java.util.List;  
public class DatabaseHandler extends SQLiteOpenHelper {  
    private static final int DATABASE_VERSION = 1;  
    private static final String DATABASE_NAME = "contactsManager";  
    private static final String TABLE_CONTACTS = "contacts";  
    private static final String KEY_ID = "id";  
    private static final String KEY_NAME = "name";  
    private static final String KEY_PH_NO = "phone_number";  
    public DatabaseHandler(Context context) {  
        super(context, DATABASE_NAME, null, DATABASE_VERSION);  
        //3rd argument to be passed is CursorFactory instance  
    // Creating Tables  
    public void onCreate(SQLiteDatabase db) {  
                + KEY_ID + " INTEGER PRIMARY KEY," + KEY_NAME + " TEXT,"  
                + KEY_PH_NO + " TEXT" + ")";  
    // Upgrading database  
    public void onUpgrade(SQLiteDatabase db, int oldVersion, int newVersion) {  
        // Drop older table if existed  
        // Create tables again  
    // code to add the new contact  
    void addContact(Contact contact) {  
        SQLiteDatabase db = this.getWritableDatabase();  
        ContentValues values = new ContentValues();  
        values.put(KEY_NAME, contact.getName()); // Contact Name  
        values.put(KEY_PH_NO, contact.getPhoneNumber()); // Contact Phone  
        // Inserting Row  
        db.insert(TABLE_CONTACTS, null, values);  
        //2nd argument is String containing nullColumnHack  
        db.close(); // Closing database connection  
    // code to get the single contact  
    Contact getContact(int id) {  
        SQLiteDatabase db = this.getReadableDatabase();  
        Cursor cursor = db.query(TABLE_CONTACTS, new String[] { KEY_ID,  
                        KEY_NAME, KEY_PH_NO }, KEY_ID + "=?",  
                new String[] { String.valueOf(id) }, null, null, null, null);  
        if (cursor != null)  
        Contact contact = new Contact(Integer.parseInt(cursor.getString(0)),  
                cursor.getString(1), cursor.getString(2));  
        // return contact  
        return contact;  
    // code to get all contacts in a list view  
    public List getAllContacts() {  
        List contactList = new ArrayList();  
        // Select All Query  
        String selectQuery = "SELECT  * FROM " + TABLE_CONTACTS;  
        SQLiteDatabase db = this.getWritableDatabase();  
        Cursor cursor = db.rawQuery(selectQuery, null);  
        // looping through all rows and adding to list  
        if (cursor.moveToFirst()) {  
            do {  
                Contact contact = new Contact();  
                // Adding contact to list  
            } while (cursor.moveToNext());  
        // return contact list  
        return contactList;  
    // code to update the single contact  
    public int updateContact(Contact contact) {  
        SQLiteDatabase db = this.getWritableDatabase();  
        ContentValues values = new ContentValues();  
        values.put(KEY_NAME, contact.getName());  
        values.put(KEY_PH_NO, contact.getPhoneNumber());  
        // updating row  
        return db.update(TABLE_CONTACTS, values, KEY_ID + " = ?",  
                new String[] { String.valueOf(contact.getID()) });  
    // Deleting single contact  
    public void deleteContact(Contact contact) {  
        SQLiteDatabase db = this.getWritableDatabase();  
        db.delete(TABLE_CONTACTS, KEY_ID + " = ?",  
                new String[] { String.valueOf(contact.getID()) });  
    // Getting contacts Count  
    public int getContactsCount() {  
        String countQuery = "SELECT  * FROM " + TABLE_CONTACTS;  
        SQLiteDatabase db = this.getReadableDatabase();  
        Cursor cursor = db.rawQuery(countQuery, null);  
        // return count  
        return cursor.getCount();  

File: MainActivity.java

package example.javatpoint.com.sqlitetutorial;  
import android.support.v7.app.AppCompatActivity;  
import android.os.Bundle;  
import android.util.Log;  
import java.util.List;  
public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {  
    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {  
        DatabaseHandler db = new DatabaseHandler(this);  
        // Inserting Contacts  
        Log.d("Insert: ", "Inserting ..");  
        db.addContact(new Contact("Ravi", "9100000000"));  
        db.addContact(new Contact("Srinivas", "9199999999"));  
        db.addContact(new Contact("Tommy", "9522222222"));  
        db.addContact(new Contact("Karthik", "9533333333"));  
        // Reading all contacts  
        Log.d("Reading: ", "Reading all contacts..");  
        List contacts = db.getAllContacts();  
        for (Contact cn : contacts) {  
            String log = "Id: " + cn.getID() + " ,Name: " + cn.getName() + " ,Phone: " +  
            // Writing Contacts to log  
            Log.d("Name: ", log);  


android simple sqlite example output 1

How to view the data stored in sqlite in android studio?

Follow the following steps to view the database and its data stored in android sqlite:

  • Open File Explorer.
  • Go to data directory inside data directory.
  • Search for your application package name.
  • Inside your application package go to databases where you will found your database (contactsManager).
  • Save your database (contactsManager) anywhere you like.
  • Download any SqLite browser plugins or tool (in my case DB Browser for SQLite).
  • Launch DB Browser for SQLite and open your database (contactsManager).
  • Go to Browse Data -> select your table (contacts) you will see the data stored.

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