Python bindings for SQLCipher
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This library is a fork of pysqlite. It is still in beta state (although it's strongly used in development in some linux environments). It links against against libsqlcipher.

Original code (c) 2004-2007 Gerhard Häring

Packaging for SQLCipher (c) 2013-2016 Kali Kaneko


You have to pass the PRAGMA key before doing any operations:

from pysqlcipher import dbapi2 as sqlite
conn = sqlite.connect('test.db')
c = conn.cursor()
c.execute("PRAGMA key='test'")
c.execute('''create table stocks (date text, trans text, symbol text, qty real, price real)''')
c.execute("""insert into stocks values ('2006-01-05','BUY','RHAT',100,35.14)""")

You can quickly verify that your database file in indeed encrypted:

hexdump -C test.db
ab 7f 61 7a 33 9d 07 f4  08 68 c9 b0 4f e3 34 60  |..az3....h..O.4`|
bb 9d 9c 3d 9e ce 69 57  b6 2f 36 c4 fd 13 bd 61  |...=..iW./6....a|
77 bf e3 1d 65 b5 ea f7  d2 fc 98 31 23 66 a0 1e  |w...e......1#f..|
a4 4f fa 66 49 36 84 a1  3e 0c 21 98 84 07 eb 07  |.O.fI6..>.!.....|

Build against bundled libsqlcipher

The default behaviour is to link against libsqlcipher in the system.

For convenience, this package includes a sqlcipher amalgamation during the regular install. See

If you don't have sqlcipher installed in the system, you can use the bundled pysqlcipher:

python install --bundled

You can also pass a different amalgamation path, that you have previously downloaded:

python install --bundled --amalgamation=/tmp/path/to/amalgamation

If you are installing from pip but for some reason you prefer to use the bundled sqlcipher, you should pass the option along:

pip install pysqlcipher --install-option="--bundled"