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(PHP 5 >= 5.3.0, PHP 7)

SQLite3::execExecutes a result-less query against a given database


public bool SQLite3::exec ( string $query )

Executes a result-less query against a given database.



The SQL query to execute (typically an INSERT, UPDATE, or DELETE query).


Returns TRUE if the query succeeded, FALSE on failure.


Example #1 SQLite3::exec() example

= new SQLite3('mysqlitedb.db');

$db->exec('CREATE TABLE bar (bar STRING)');

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alexandre dot schmidt at gmail dot com
1 year ago
I was getting "database locked" all the time until I found out some features of sqlite3 must be set by using SQL special instructions (i.e. using PRAGMA keyword). For instance, what apparently solved my problem with "database locked" was to set journal_mode to 'wal' (it is defaulting to 'delete', as stated here: (see Activating  And Configuring WAL Mode)).

So basically what I had to do was creating a connection to the database and setting journal_mode with the SQL statement. Example:

= new SQLite3('/my/sqlite/file.sqlite3');
// WAL mode has better control over concurrency.
// Source:
$db->exec('PRAGMA journal_mode = wal;');

Hope that helps.
4 years ago
SQLite needs to create some temp-files (journals...) to execute certain statements, so php needs write-permission in your db-directory.
info at tellmatic dot org
4 years ago
IMPORTANT! just a note:

weird behaviour when doing an exec on a sqlite db!!!

if want to execute a query on a sqlite db with exec, and your dbfile already was e.g. mode 777, and you get some php errors saying

"SQLite3::exec(): unable to open database file in ...."

and you get crazy while debugging, just add write üermissions to the whole directory for the user the webserver/php runs.

this behaviour makes absolutely NO sense, and is a source of frustration.
at least a more meaningful errormessage would be nice.
i couldnt figure out why sqlite needs write permissions for the whole dir instead of only one file. this is stupid and must be a bug!
(to be secure you have to create a directory with write permissions only for php/apache)
2 years ago
If you use WAL (Write-Ahead Log) (link to sqlite doc for this: ), it needs write acces because of the implementation of multi-thread access to one db. You can turn it off, if you do not want to give the dir write access, but you can also create a certain file it needs (see the link for a description, as it is explained very well there) that you need write access to and you may get away using WAL without giving write accesss to the dir.
Rob Haverkort
3 years ago
Actually, sqlite creates a journal-file when changing data and so it needs the write-permissions in the directory.
moodsey211 at gmail dot com
6 years ago
If you get the error message saying "SQLite3::exec. database locked." You just need to define a busyTimeout to work around this.
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