Free SQLite to MySql Converter – Super Easy!

Heres how to copy my a development SQLite Database into a MySQL Production Database in 5 Easy Steps. Here’s the easiest way to do it. Seriously:

1. Install the SQLite Manager Firefox Addon

2. After the Addon is installed, in Firefox, go up to Tools > SQLite Manager (Opens the SQLite Manager Addon Window)

3. Click on the “Connect Database” Icon, looks like the Folder Open icon in any other program. Locate your SQLite Database file.

In a Ruby on Rails project you can find it in your rails_project > db > development.sqlite3

4. Back in the SQLite Manager Firefox Addon Window, go up to Database > Export Database (It will automatically export it as a SQL file just about ready to import into MySQL after the next step

5. Open that .sql file that was just exported in any basic text or code editor (ex: Notepad, TextEdit, TextMate, etc…). All you have to do now is do some find and replace SQLite specific syntax to MySQL syntax (easy):


find: ”   –   replace: [blank space - nothing - delete them all!!!]

Delete any line with this in it: “sqlite_sequence”, like the whole row. Example, you would delete both these rows:

CREATE TABLE sqlite_sequence(name,seq);
INSERT INTO sqlite_sequence VALUES(‘teams’,4);

Now it should be ready to import into your MySQL database. I used phpmyadmin by just going to, then clicked on the import link on the phpmyadmin front page, and browsed for our file we just finished modifying. You should be ready to rock.

Extra Reading

Here’s another article that explains only what is going on, but a good read nonetheless: Quick Easy Way to Migrate SQLite 3 to MySQL?

63 thoughts on “Free SQLite to MySql Converter – Super Easy!

  1. Thank you for your write up!
    I´m exporting a relatively big sqlite database right now and this works pretty well…
    i have two suggestions though (at least for rails apps):
    - boolean needs to be replaced with tinyint(1)
    - doublequotes should not be replaced with a blank string (breaks text fields that actually have doublequotes in them)… right now i´m replacing with backticks but that´s not ideal either.


  2. thank you so much.
    firefox got frozen because was a large db, but i got standalone program and i exporting right now

  3. Thanks for the pointers, but how do you get around sqlite’s dislike for proper creates? I can’t seem to figure out how to get it to include the length of a field in the create syntax?

    Any ideas?



  4. Great! I used this to convert the default TurboGears2 sqlite database to mysql and worked flawlessly. Thanks!

    Just one advice: better to substitute double quotes ( ” ) to backtics (`) instead of blank/whitespace.

  5. boolean is ok in MySQL 5.1. However, ‘t’ and ‘f’ need to be replaced with the words true and false, no quotes. Also ( I’m converting redmine ) regexp needs backtics, see @noisebleeds comment…

  6. How about going back the other way? .sql from mysql export via myphpadmin converted to sqlite .db?

  7. Perfect. Everything working. I have 1.5 Gb sqllite DB and by these steps I imported into mySQL.

    Thanks mate ;)

  8. That’s nice :)

    I also need a way to convert in the other direction.

    Mysql to SqlLite … has anyone any idea?

  9. Thanks a lot dude, just something.
    In my case I have to replace:
    This: ” to this: `
    And everything is good now.

  10. Thanks a lot. I encountered an error that didn’t let me import from phpmyadmin straight away. I had to re-order the queries especially the ones that REFERENCES other tables, hence i create all the tables that are referenced first and then create the ones that reference other tables.
    Hope this might help someone hence i posted it.

  11. Brilliant. Thank you. Used your method to convert my web2py prototype SQLite DB to an MySQL script I could import into MySQL Workbench in order to create the EER used for my physical database description in my software project documentation.

  12. Hi,
    at the first time I have used it and it was Pico- Bello without any problem.
    But now for the 2nd time I wanted to do it again but I get this ERror: Drop table if exist ….
    do you know waht it is and why do I get it?

    Thank you

  13. Hi,

    All fields with VARCHAR type should be also replaced with VARCHAR(X). eg. VARCHAR(255)

  14. Trying this borked my sqlite db. now I dont have a db to play with my boss not very happy

    what you gonna do about it punk?

  15. Be careful when deleting double quotes “. Some values might have them and to be important.
    Replace only the ones in the syntax, around the table names.

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