sqlite_fdw 2.1.1

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Foreign Data Wrapper for SQLite databases
PostgreSQL extension which implements a Foreign Data Wrapper (FDW) for SQLite databases.
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sqlite_fdw 2.1.1
Foreign Data Wrapper for SQLite databases


SQLite Foreign Data Wrapper for PostgreSQL

This PostgreSQL extension is a Foreign Data Wrapper for SQLite.

The current version can work with PostgreSQL 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14.


1. Install SQLite library

For debian or ubuntu:

apt-get install libsqlite3-dev

You can also download SQLite source code and build SQLite.

2. Build and install sqlite_fdw

Add a directory of pg_config to PATH and build and install sqlite_fdw.

make USE_PGXS=1
make install USE_PGXS=1

If you want to build sqlite_fdw in a source tree of PostgreSQL, use

make install


Load extension


Create server

Please specify SQLite database path using database option:

CREATE SERVER sqlite_server FOREIGN DATA WRAPPER sqlite_fdw OPTIONS (database '/tmp/test.db');

Create foreign table

Please specify table option if SQLite table name is different from foreign table name.

CREATE FOREIGN TABLE t1(a integer, b text) SERVER sqlite_server OPTIONS (table 't1_sqlite');

If you want to update tables, please add OPTIONS (key 'true') to a primary key or unique key like the following:

CREATE FOREIGN TABLE t1(a integer OPTIONS (key 'true'), b text) SERVER sqlite_server OPTIONS (table 't1_sqlite');

If you need to convert INT SQLite column (epoch Unix Time) to be treated/visualized as TIMESTAMP in PostgreSQL, please add OPTIONS (column_type 'INT') when defining FOREIGN table at PostgreSQL like the following:

CREATE FOREIGN TABLE t1(a integer, b text, c timestamp without time zone OPTIONS (column_type 'INT')) SERVER sqlite_server OPTIONS (table 't1_sqlite');

Import foreign schema

IMPORT FOREIGN SCHEMA public FROM SERVER sqlite_server INTO public;

Access foreign table



  • Support update to foreign table
  • WHERE clauses are pushdowned
  • Aggregate function are pushdowned
  • Order By is pushdowned
  • Joins (left/right/inner) are pushdowned
  • Limit and Offset are pushdowned (*when all tables queried are fdw)
  • Transactions
  • Support TRUNCATE by deparsing into DELETE statement without WHERE clause
  • Allow control over whether foreign servers keep connections open after transaction completion. This is controlled by keep_connections and defaults to on
  • Support list cached connections to foreign servers by using function sqlite_fdw_get_connections()
  • Support discard cached connections to foreign servers by using function sqlite_fdw_disconnect(), sqlite_fdw_disconnect_all().
  • Support Bulk Insert by using batch_size option
  • Support Insert/Update with generated column


  • COPY command for foreign tables is not supported
  • IMPORT of generated column is not supported
  • Insert into a partitioned table which has foreign partitions is not supported
  • TRUNCATE in sqlite_fdw always delete data of both parent and child tables (no matter user inputs TRUNCATE table CASCADE or TRUNCATE table RESTRICT) if there are foreign-keys references with "ON DELETE CASCADE" clause.


Opening issues and pull requests on GitHub are welcome.


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