SQLite - Data Type

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SQLite data type is an attribute that specifies type of data of any object. Each column, variable and expression has related data type in SQLite.

You would use these data types while creating your tables. SQLite uses a more general dynamic type system. In SQLite, the datatype of a value is associated with the value itself, not with its container.

SQLite Storage Classes:

Each value stored in an SQLite database has one of the following storage classes:

Storage ClassDescription
NULLThe value is a NULL value.
INTEGERThe value is a signed integer, stored in 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, or 8 bytes depending on the magnitude of the value.
REALThe value is a floating point value, stored as an 8-byte IEEE floating point number.
TEXTThe value is a text string, stored using the database encoding (UTF-8, UTF-16BE or UTF-16LE)
BLOBThe value is a blob of data, stored exactly as it was input.

SQLite storage class is slightly more general than a datatype. The INTEGER storage class, for example, includes 6 different integer datatypes of different lengths.

SQLite Affinity Type:

SQLite supports the concept of type affinity on columns. Any column can still store any type of data but the preferred storage class for a column is called its affinity. Each table column in an SQLite3 database is assigned one of the following type affinities:

AffinityDescription
TEXTThis column stores all data using storage classes NULL, TEXT or BLOB.
NUMERICThis column may contain values using all five storage classes.
INTEGERBehaves the same as a column with NUMERIC affinity with an exception in a CAST expression.
REALBehaves like a column with NUMERIC affinity except that it forces integer values into floating point representation
NONEA column with affinity NONE does not prefer one storage class over another and no attempt is made to coerce data from one storage class into another.

SQLite Affinity and Type Names:

Following table lists down various data type names which can be used while creating SQLite3 tables and corresponding applied affinity also has been shown:

Data TypeAffinity
  • INT

  • INTEGER

  • TINYINT

  • SMALLINT

  • MEDIUMINT

  • BIGINT

  • UNSIGNED BIG INT

  • INT2

  • INT8

INTEGER
  • CHARACTER(20)

  • VARCHAR(255)

  • VARYING CHARACTER(255)

  • NCHAR(55)

  • NATIVE CHARACTER(70)

  • NVARCHAR(100)

  • TEXT

  • CLOB

TEXT
  • BLOB

  • no datatype specified

NONE
  • REAL

  • DOUBLE

  • DOUBLE PRECISION

  • FLOAT

REAL
  • NUMERIC

  • DECIMAL(10,5)

  • BOOLEAN

  • DATE

  • DATETIME

NUMERIC

Boolean Datatype:

SQLite does not have a separate Boolean storage class. Instead, Boolean values are stored as integers 0 (false) and 1 (true).

Date and Time Datatype:

SQLite does not have a separate storage class for storing dates and/or times, but SQLite is capable of storing dates and times as TEXT, REAL or INTEGER values.

Storage ClassDate Formate
TEXTA date in a format like "YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS.SSS".
REALThe number of days since noon in Greenwich on November 24, 4714 B.C.
INTEGERThe number of seconds since 1970-01-01 00:00:00 UTC.

You can chose to store dates and times in any of these formats and freely convert between formats using the built-in date and time functions.



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