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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 7.4.0 adds support for restoring a node from an actual SQLite file, which is very much faster than restoring using the SQL dump representation of the same SQLite database. 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-v7.4.0-linux-amd64.tar.gz
tar xvfz rqlite-v7.4.0-linux-amd64.tar.gz
cd rqlite-v7.4.0-linux-amd64
./rqlited ~/node.1


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

curl -L -o rqlite-v7.4.0-darwin-amd64.tar.gz
tar xvfz rqlite-v7.4.0-darwin-amd64.tar.gz
cd rqlite-v7.4.0-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.