sqflite ffi

sqflite based ffi implementation. Based on sqlite3. Thanks to Simon Binder

Currently supported on Linux, MacOS and Windows on both Flutter and Dart VM.

While not tested extensively, it also works on iOS and Android (using sqlite3_flutter_libs - Thanks to Simon Binder)

It allows also mocking sqflite during regular flutter unit test (i.e. not using the emulator/simulator).

Getting Started

Dart

Add the following dev dependency:

dev_dependencies:
  sqflite_common_ffi:

Linux

libsqlite3 and libsqlite3-dev linux packages are required.

One time setup for Ubuntu (to run as root):

dart tool/linux_setup.dart

or

sudo apt-get -y install libsqlite3-0 libsqlite3-dev

MacOS

Should work as is.

Windows

Should work as is in debug mode (sqlite3.dll is bundled).

In release mode, add sqlite3.dll in same folder as your executable.

sqfliteFfiInit is provided as an implementation reference for loading the sqlite library. Please look at sqlite3 if you want to override the behavior.

Sample code

Unit test code

sqflite_ffi_test.dart:

import 'package:test/test.dart';
import 'package:sqflite_common/sqlite_api.dart';
import 'package:sqflite_common_ffi/sqflite_ffi.dart';

void main() {
  // Init ffi loader if needed.
  sqfliteFfiInit();
  test('simple sqflite example', () async {
    var db = await databaseFactoryFfi.openDatabase(inMemoryDatabasePath);
    expect(await db.getVersion(), 0);
    await db.close();
  });
}

Application

Make it a normal dependency.

main.dart:

import 'package:sqflite_common/sqlite_api.dart';
import 'package:sqflite_common_ffi/sqflite_ffi.dart';

Future main() async {
  // Init ffi loader if needed.
  sqfliteFfiInit();

  var databaseFactory = databaseFactoryFfi;
  var db = await databaseFactory.openDatabase(inMemoryDatabasePath);
  await db.execute('''
  CREATE TABLE Product (
      id INTEGER PRIMARY KEY,
      title TEXT
  )
  ''');
  await db.insert('Product', <String, Object?>{'title': 'Product 1'});
  await db.insert('Product', <String, Object?>{'title': 'Product 1'});

  var result = await db.query('Product');
  print(result);
  // prints [{id: 1, title: Product 1}, {id: 2, title: Product 1}]
  await db.close();
}

If your existing application uses sqflite on iOS/Android/MacOS, you can also set the proper initialization to have your application work on Linux and windows.

Limitations

  • Database calls are made in a separate isolate,
  • Multi-instance support (not common) is simulated
  • As another note, getDatabasesPath() has a lame implementation. You'd better rely on a custom strategy using package such as path_provider.

Libraries

sqflite_common_ffi