Android Local SQLite Database Example

Android platform includes the SQLite embedded database and provides out of the box support to use it via Android APIs. In this tutorial we shall see how to get started with SQLitedatabase in Android. SQLiteis nothing but a relational database and our SQLskills will help.

How to Use SQLite with Android?

To use SQLitein Android, a java class should be created as a sub class of SQLiteOpenHelper. This class will act as a database controller which will have the methods to perform the CRUD operations. This custom java class should override the methods named onCreate()and .onUpgrade()

onCreate() method will be called for the first time when the Android application is run. First the database instance should be created using the method like getReadableDatabase() or getWritableDatabase() based on the type of access required. Android supports this method by providing in-built methods. For that, SQLiteQueryBuilder class should be imported.

Lets have three Android Activity for List, Add and Edit operations and ensure that these are declared in manifest file. And then we need to create subclass of SQLiteHelper to manage SQLite database.

Database & Table Structure :

| Field Name |  Field Type                   | Sample                    |
| ID         |  PRIMARY KEY [Auto Generated] |  1                        |
| Name       |  TEXT                         | Chintan Khetiya           |
| Number     |  TEXT                         | 787-806-0124              |
| Email      |  TEXT                         | |

Create or Setup Database is going to be our custom java class that will manage the SQLite database. We should extend SQLiteOpenHelper and override the essential methods. The constructor is the hook that will be used to setup the database. While running the Android application, the database will be created for the first time.

public DatabaseHandler(Context applicationcontext) {
super(applicationcontext, "androidsqlite.db", null, 1);

Table Creation and Upgrade

SQLiteOpenHelper provides callback methods and we should override it to get our job done. Those callback methods that we can override are onCreate(), onUpgrade(), onOpen() and onDowngrade(). And onCreate() and onUpgrade() are abstract methods and must be overridden.

onCreate(SQLiteDatabase database) – is the method which is called first time when the database is created and we need to use this method to create the tables and populate it as per the need.

public void onCreate(SQLiteDatabase db) {
+ KEY_PH_NO + " TEXT," + KEY_EMAIL + " TEXT" + ")";

onUpgrade(SQLiteDatabase db, int oldVersion, int newVersion) – is the method called when upgrade is done. We can drop the database and reset if required.

// Upgrading database
public void onUpgrade(SQLiteDatabase db, int oldVersion, int newVersion) {
// Drop older table if existed

// Create tables again

How it looks after all task ?

Add New user

Update Record

Delete Record

View All

Note: The Contact details are fake or random

Do some Task : Insert, Read, Update and Delete

We shall have other user defined methods to handle the sql aobve operations. The <code>Contact table </code> will be created when the onCreate() method is invoked while installing the application. For performing operations like insert, update, the SQLiteDatabase instance should be created using the methods like getReadableDatabase() or getWritableDatabase(). ContentValues() are used to pass values to the query.

Insert Records :

// Adding new contact
public void Add_Contact(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
values.put(KEY_EMAIL, contact.getEmail()); // Contact Email
// Inserting Row
db.insert(TABLE_CONTACTS, null, values);
db.close(); // Closing database connection

Read Records  :

// Getting single contact
Contact Get_Contact(int id) {
SQLiteDatabase db = this.getReadableDatabase();

Cursor cursor = db.query(TABLE_CONTACTS, new String[] { 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), cursor.getString(3));
// return contact

return contact;

Update Records :

// Updating single contact
public int Update_Contact(Contact contact) {
SQLiteDatabase db = this.getWritableDatabase();

ContentValues values = new ContentValues();

values.put(KEY_NAME, contact.getName());
values.put(KEY_PH_NO, contact.getPhoneNumber());
values.put(KEY_EMAIL, contact.getEmail());

// updating row

return db.update(TABLE_CONTACTS, values, KEY_ID + " = ?",
new String[] { String.valueOf(contact.getID()) });


Delete Records :

// Deleting single contact
public void Delete_Contact(int id) {
SQLiteDatabase db = this.getWritableDatabase();
db.delete(TABLE_CONTACTS, KEY_ID + " = ?",
new String[] { String.valueOf(id) });

Read All records

// Getting All Contacts
public ArrayList<Contact> Get_Contacts() {
try {

// 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 contact_list;
} catch (Exception e) {
// TODO: handle exception
Log.e("all_contact", "" + e);

return contact_list;


52 thoughts on “Android Local SQLite Database Example

    1. EditText et = (EditText) findViewById(;
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    1. I think you should read some basic things about developing android application which you can learn form Android Developers. God luck


  1. Hi Thank you for your link. I got the code. But in the same database if I need to add an image to the form and i’m getting the image with the help of camera activity means the image is not getting stored into the database directly, The image gets stored into the sd card and then only i have to choose it from the gallery i get saved into the database. Can you give me a solution for this? any sample code or any
    improvements in the same database?


    1. Do one thing , Make separate folder and save your images inside that dir. Now store that image path to database and access it. If you dont want to show your images inside gallery or want to secure your image folder then do some encoding decoding function and make it secure. That’s it.


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  3. thank you so much for your useful example..
    Can I use some part of it in my project?
    I mean what’s its licence..?


    1. i have use array list to fetch data from database. Now use that array list. You can find out autotcomplete texview using static array and then use your dynamic array.


  4. This post help me a lot.. easy to understand.. But i want to show a message or prevent if again add a new user with already existing name…
    is there any way to check this while we type the name on the name field?.


    1. Yes , As we are using List to show in Listview , use that same ArrayList and OnTextWatcher compare input text with arraylist value.


  5. Hello Chintan.I wanted to ask you something if you could help me.I used your example as base for my project and I am stuck at the last step.How hard is to add an alert window that pops up on a specific date? Let’s say that we add a forth cell on your example what reads a text like “31/05/2014”.How can I make this alert pop on the specific date with a message like “You have to respond to the X email today”,where X is the email of the specific table.Thanks in regard.


    1. Mean , you want to save some Date & Time into database and when that day comes in future you want to show some dialog ?? is it show ? Then you need to store one date & time in database and use alarm manager class to callback that specific event in upcoming days.


  6. Nice work ..howewer the update method is not working… I dont know why..can anybody give a heads up??
    heres how i am updating my contacts/data

    List cts = db.getAllContacts();
    for (Contact cn : cts)
    Log.d(“ffff”, cn.getATT()+””);



    i am using the same code for updation,creation etc as posted above


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  11. Hi Sir, thank you so much for this tutorial. This helps me a lot on my android project. But right now, I have some difficulties in understanding some topic about the database. Can you also create a detailed tutorial about foreign keys in android? Please. Please. This will be a great help for us, I know its too much but I just badly need it.

    Thank you so much sir.


  12. hi chintan it is excellent tutorial it helped me a lot i have one regarding adding one more column how can i do that if possible explain please


  13. Your Edit text for mobile number is taking only 8 characters input. May be because you have specified maxLength=”10″ ; and in api 21 mobile: mobile number is shown as (987) 654-32 ,which includes ‘()’, ‘a blank space and a ‘-‘ .Which eat up the space and make it of 8 characters.


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