What Is DB Browser?
DB Browser for SQLite is a visual tool used to create, design, and edit database files compatible with SQLite.
The current iteration is a successor to what was formerly known as SQLite Database Browser.
DB Browser is a free, open-source tool for end users and developers who want to use a familiar spreadsheet-like interface to manage database files without having to learn complicated SQL commands.
You can access the tool here, or continue reading to learn more about the software’s functionality.
DB Browser for SQLite Functionality
The software provides controls and wizards to handle an array of database functions in a comfortable visual medium.
DB Browser allows users to create and compact database files. The most common database files that DB Browser users will come across are those with the file extension “.db”.
Compacting database files is a way to manage file growth. Database files can grow quickly as they are used—compacting doesn’t compress information, but it does eliminate unused space to make the file smaller (and more manageable).
Tables, Indexes, and Records
DB Browser offers functionality to search, create, define, and delete tables, indexes, and records.
Records are objects that contain one or more values. Groups of records are stored in a table. Each database file will contain numerous tables, each filled with numerous records.
Indexes are specific lookup tables that are used to speed up data retrieval within a database.
Just like the index in the back of a book, each index entry acts as a pointer to data elsewhere in the database.
Records, tables, and indexes are the building blocks of managing information in a database.
Import and Export
DB Browser for SQLite has a suite of import and export tools that allow users to import and export the following:
- Records as text
- Tables from/to CSV files
- Databases from/to SQL dump files
SQL dump files—also known as database dumps—are files that contain a record of the table structure or the data in a database.
These files usually exists as a list of SQL statements and are most often used as a method of backing up databases to prevent data loss.
DB Browser allows users to issue SQL queries and inspect the results. Additionally, all SQL commands are logged in the application.
This feature makes DB Browser for SQLite an excellent tool for new users, SQL beginners, or anyone attempting to learn the SQL programming language.
DB Browser has a basic plotting functionality that can be used to plot simple graphs based on the data gathered from a table or a specific query.
What DB Browser for SQLite Is Not
This tool is not meant to be a new shell for the sqlite command line tool, and it isn’t an adequate tool for advanced SQL command users. The goal is for the software to remain simple, visual, and accessible by both developers and end users.
You can learn more about the software, its functionality, and documentation by visiting the DB Browser site here.
By the Way…
DB Browser for SQLite is the training tool that ClydeBank Media recommends for SQL beginners.
Even without Walter’s comprehensive guide, DB Browser for SQLite is still a powerful and—most important—accessible tool for SQL beginners who are learning the ropes.