Distributed SQLite for Go applications
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This repository provides the dqlite C library (libdqlite), which can be used to expose a SQLite database over the network and replicate it across a cluster of peers, using the Raft algorithm.

Note that at the moment libdqlite implements only the client/server networking code, which allows a client to connect to a dqlite node and perform SQL queries using a dedicated wire protocol. The code that implements Raft-based replication is currently written in Go and available in the go-dqlite repository.

It should be possible to compile the go-dqlite Go package as shared library and hence use libdqlite with any programming language with C bindings. However, the current focus of dqlite is to be an embedded distributed database for Go applications.

See go-dqlite for more information.

Design higlights

  • Asynchronous single-threaded server implemented on top of libuv
  • Custom wire protocol optimized for SQLite primitives and data types
  • Raft replication is not built-in, consumers need to provide an implementation


This is beta software for now, but we'll get to rc/release soon.


If you are on a Debian-based system, you can install daily built packages from a Launchpad PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dqlite-maintainers/master
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libsqlite3-dev libdqlite-dev


To build libdqlite from source you'll need:

Your distribution should already provide you a pre-built libuv shared library.

As for the patched version of SQLite, the base line is currently version 3.24.0 and the changeset can be viewed here.

To build it:

git clone --depth 100 https://github.com/CanonicalLtd/sqlite.git
git log -1 --format=format:%ci%n | sed -e 's/ [-+].*$//;s/ /T/;s/^/D /' > manifest
git log -1 --format=format:%H > manifest.uuid
./configure --enable-replication
sudo make install

Once libuv and SQLite are installed, to in order to build the dqlite shared library itself you can run:

autoreconf -i
sudo make install