Install SQLite Locally on OS X

SQLite is a self-contained, embeddable, zero-configuration SQL database engine that performs admirably in a variety of applications.

Of course, there’s a nice binary distribution that you can install, but it’s trivial to compile yourself from source and install into /usr/local. Simply drop into Terminal, and type the following:

    curl -O
    tar xzvf ./sqlite-3.3.6.tar.gz
    cd sqlite-3.3.6
    ./configure --prefix=/usr/local
    sudo make install

Other configuration options are spelled out at the SQLite website. I don’t think any are very relevant to your locally-hosted development copy of SQLite, but if you’re curious, there they are.

Using SQLite with PHP 5.1.X

SQLite is built into php 5.1.X, so you can simply install Marc Liyanage’s excellent PHP distribution, and start going with code like:

    $db = new SQLiteDatabase(":memory:");
            CREATE TABLE hello_world (text varchar(12));
            INSERT INTO hello_world VALUES ('Hello World!');
    $result = $db->query("SELECT * FROM hello_world");
    $row = $result->current();
    print $row[0];

Unfortunately, my PHP distribution of choice seems to have dropped the PDO drivers for SQLite in the 5.1.4 release. That’s a shame, as TextDrive wants me to use the PDO drivers to access SQLite 3+ databases.

Reverting to the 5.1.2 release gives me back my the precious PDO support, but I’m still looking around for a simple way of bringing the PDO drivers to the party in a more recent release of PHP. I’ll update this post as soon as I figure something out.

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