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A cross-database SQL command tool, written in Scala
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SQLShell: A SQL Command Shell


SQLShell is a SQL command line tool, similar in concept to tools like Oracle's SQL*Plus, the PostgreSQL psql command, and MySQL's mysql tool.

SQLShell is a Scala rewrite of my Python sqlcmd tool (rewritten because, as it turns out, I think JDBC is more consistent and portable than Python's DB API).

Some Features at a Glance

  • Connection parameters for individual databases can be kept in a configuration file in your home directory, allowing you to specify a short logical name for the database when you connect to it. (Multiple logical names are permitted for each database.)

  • SQLShell has command history management, with GNU Readline-like support. Each database has its own history file.

  • SQLShell supports retrieving and displaying database metadata (e.g., getting a list of tables, querying the table's columns and their data types, listing the indexes and foreign keys for a table, etc.).

  • SQLShell provides a standard interface that looks and behaves the same no matter what database you're using.

  • SQLShell supports any database engine or which a JDBC driver exists.

  • SQLShell is written in Scala and uses some third-party, open-source Scala and Java libraries.

  • SQLShell is open source, and is licensed under a liberal BSD-style license.

Copyright © 2009 Brian M. Clapper,

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