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rqlite is a lightweight, distributed relational database, which uses SQLite as its storage engine. rqlite provides an easy-to-use, fault-tolerant store for critical relational data.

Release 6.9.0 adds support for Named Parameters. See the CHANGELOG for full details on this release.

Getting started

To download and run a single rqlite node follow the directions below. It's also very easy to run a rqlite cluster -- you can learn more by checking out the documentation.

If you wish to build rqlite from source, check out this documentation.


Run a single node as follows:

docker pull rqlite/rqlite
docker run -p4001:4001 rqlite/rqlite

Check out the rqlite Docker page for more details on running nodes via Docker.


To download and start rqlite, execute the following in a shell.

curl -L -o rqlite-v6.9.0-linux-amd64.tar.gz
tar xvfz rqlite-v6.9.0-linux-amd64.tar.gz
cd rqlite-v6.9.0-linux-amd64
./rqlited ~/node.1


To download and start rqlite on macOS, execute the following in a shell.

curl -L -o rqlite-v6.9.0-darwin-amd64.tar.gz
tar xvfz rqlite-v6.9.0-darwin-amd64.tar.gz
cd rqlite-v6.9.0-darwin-amd64
./rqlited ~/node.1


brew install rqlite


rqlite can be built for Windows, and Windows compatibility is ensured via AppVeyor. However you may need to build a specific release yourself, though the top-of-tree build is available for download from AppVeyor. Check out the CI build for Windows for more details. Please note that I do not control the build process in AppVeyor and you download and use those binaries at your own risk.