SQL Server Compact/SQLite Toolbox

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SQL Server Compact/SQLite Toolbox add-in for Visual Studio. This add-in adds several features to help your embedded database development efforts: Scripting of tables and data, import from SQL Server and CSV files and much, much more.

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by saket_kumar | Sun 7:33 AM

Great,I have been using this :)

by TinoMctavish | Sat 10:48 PM

Fills a massive gap. Ui looks old especially SqlLite but who cares, it works great and I thank you so much for your time and effort.

ErikEJ Sun 7:19 AM
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Thanks for the positive review - would love to hear more details via the github issue tracker which parts look "old"!

by Mabaega | July 15 2016

Nice tools.. tyvm ;)

I just tried Export SQL Server to SQLite and get an error.
Error Code = 1
Message = SQL Logic Error or missing Database
near "'-'" = Syntax error
Result = Error
Looks like there was an error export Field Default Value.

ErikEJ July 16 2016
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Please file an issue on Github with more details / scripts.

by Behnam Emamian Data3 | July 14 2016

by Mario64 | July 13 2016

Thank you for this amazing tool.

by RHUSA | July 10 2016

This guy knows what he's doing, is extremely helpful and might be the world's best source for his expertise. We're lucky to have him and his software!

by Gabor123 | July 08 2016

Would it be possible to add a Close connection option to the pop-up menu of a database? I have to restart VS to be able to delete the DB I previously opened by SQL Server SQLite Toolbox. Otherwise it's a great tool!

ErikEJ July 08 2016
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Are you on the latest version? Do you use SQLCE or SQLite?

by Fniz | June 26 2016

Really good tool !!!!! Just try it ;)

by Leonardo Miglietta | June 24 2016

Useful and powerful at the same time, great job. Erik now you're in my favorite;-)

by SamuelOConnor | June 23 2016


by Carlo Salas | June 17 2016

Thanks for the tool, is amazing!

by Paco Rodriguez M | June 09 2016

Best tool for SQL Server CE!

by Jan Rajnoha | June 02 2016

by teak421 | May 28 2016

by Vikas Sawarkar | May 23 2016

Fantastic Tool

by CAD bloke | May 18 2016

Not only a great tool but Erik has contributed immeasurable value to the dev community over the years. Thanks for all your hard work and generosity.

by PavelJ_CZ | May 18 2016

Great tool.

by Wilhelm.Medetz | May 18 2016

by M.Reza.K | May 16 2016


Thanks so much for your great tool!
It is really help me to write my first SQL program in C#. Also, thanks so much for your great documentations/clips and all of your comments in here and in stackoverflow.com .You are the best!

I wish you all success and happiness in your life and business. (5 stars is not enough for your helps!)
Best Regards.

by astrickland | May 11 2016

Really helpful tool here. It saved me a bunch of time having to take a bunch of screenshots of a SQL CE 3.5 database from VS 2008. I know, not a programming task but still saved me time, and the script it generated would come in handy if I really did need to move to SQL Server Express.

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  • Crash on Windows 10
    2 Posts | Last post Wed 9:32 AM
    • Hi, ErikEJ.
      When I moved to Windows 10 and tried to export SQL server database to SQLite I
      got error DataReader.GetFieldType(3) returned null on my table with sys.geography type column. This operation worked for me on Windows 8.1 earlier. Also this error is well known in net and related with versions of SQL Server and .NET types and has solution.
      Is there suggestions?
    • Hi, if this is a "well known" error, could you please create an issue on github with all details. I have never heard about this issue before.
  • Edit Top Data 200 doesn't take into account the foreign key constraint
    4 Posts | Last post June 25, 2016
    • Hi,
      Congratulations for this excellent tool !!! 
      just a question : Am I wrong or when we edit data in a sqlite db, it does not take into account foreign keys ?
    • By default, SQLite does not enforce foreign key constraints (sadly) - you can enable this when you add a connection to a SQLite db by selecting the "Foreign Keys" option - this will make your connection string look like this: data source=C:\Code\sq.db;Foreign Keys=True 
    • Yeah, it works fine ! Again Congratulations for all this work and the support ! (PS : Is it documented ?)
    • Documentation here: https://www.sqlite.org/foreignkeys.html - and if you like the Tool, I would be very grateful for a rating or review here:
  • Visual Studio 15
    2 Posts | Last post June 01, 2016
    • Hi, Erik! Here's my question - when SQL CE Toolbox will support VS 15? :)
    • Today! Or is something not working for you?
  • SQL Server Data diff script
    2 Posts | Last post May 26, 2016
    • Hi Erik - Firstly, this is a great tool and is helpful in my work!
      I have few questions on data diff feature and others.
      1. I'm trying to convert server db(.mdf) to .sdf file.I had about 1100000 records. On choosing to do this for both schema and data, it generated multiple .sqlce (102)files with 18528KB size. Is there a way to restrict the script to a single file?
      2. Once the files were generated, I added an extra record. Since the last run of the script, is there a way to find out the differential updates and generate only the delta script other than doing the .sdf file compare?
      3. I wanted to compare the .sdf files and see the difference. I used this 'script database diff' option and saw the schema changes captured for the .sdf file, I am unable to capture the delta data changes between source and target. Is there an option for that?
    • 1: No (due to ressource restrictions during creation of the files)
      2: The Toolbox has a data compare featuire (on Table level) - could you use that?
      3: See 2
  • A tutorial for starting with SQLite embedded and ClickOnce??
    8 Posts | Last post May 25, 2016
    • Hello, I download the extension and watched the videos on https://sqlcetoolbox.codeplex.com/documentation and https://github.com/ErikEJ/SqlCeToolbox and erikej.blogspot.com but I can´t find any simple tutorial of how to start from zero.
      I just need to solve the creation of a SQLite dabatabase AND the ClickOncePublish thing to start searching for more.
    • To create a database, just select Add new SQLite database from the menu. ClickOnce does not really relate to the Toolbox
    • Thanks ErikEJ!
      1) I create a New proyect - Visual Basic - Windows - WFA
      2) With the Toolbook I create or connect to the SQLite Database
      3) I install NuGet - Install-Package System.Data.SQLite
      4) I can show the data base info on a DataGridView
      All OK.. but when I publish the proyect and try to run I have the error "Unable to load DLL 'SQLite.Interop.dll'"
      I read a lot of boards and I even have the DLL but something still don´t work.
      This is something related to the Toolboox or to Visual Studio - SQlite integration?
    • Is your app built for x86 (and not Any CPU) ? It is a SQLite issue, and has nothing to do with the Toolbox or VS.
    • Thanks again ErikEJ, I will research. I'm stuck on that point.
    • Solved!!!
      Compile - Target CPU - x86
    • Great - If you use my tools, I would be very grateful for a rating or review here:
    • "If you use my tools, I would be very grateful for a rating or review here:
      No problem, I need to learn more and then I will post a feedback
  • Grid View doesn't work
    2 Posts | Last post May 16, 2016
    • When I activate the "Show results as grid" option in the settings then execute a "SELECT * FROM table" (for example), the grid displays but once I do anything that would scroll the grid or once I use the group by thing by clicking at the "+", Visual Studio stops working and restarts.
      I'm using Visual Studio 2015 Community on Windows 10 x64.
    • I am unable to repro - could you share your database/table?
  • Table Shows "-ReadOnly" When Right-click "Edit..."
    2 Posts | Last post May 11, 2016
    • Hello Erik!
      I'm attempting to use the CE 3.5 Stand Alone Runtime to modify a single table in a legacy application that has fallen into my lap.
      The Problem I am having is, when I open the database, and "Edit Top 200 Rows" The DataGrid shows up, but has Tablename-ReadOnly as its title, and I cannot edit any of the rows. I dont see any messages, just will not let me edit.
      There is only a single line on the table, so I'm confused as to why It shows Read-Only.
      Do you have any suggestions?
      Thanks for this wonderful tool!
    • Hi Paul - most likely because the table that you are trying to edit does not have a primary key defined. You may be able to use a SQL UPDATE statement if you can find an usable WHERE clause.
      If you use my tools, I would be very grateful for a rating or review here:
  • Windows 10 UWP
    2 Posts | Last post May 10, 2016
    • Hello Erik again,
      I have one more question. Does Your toolbox works in Windows 10 Universal Applications?
    • The Toolbox is a Visual Studio Tool, and does not "Work" in particular project types. But you can use SQLite and the generated sqlite-net classes in Windows 10 UWP Projects, yes.
  • Problem with installing SQL compact toolbox
    2 Posts | Last post May 06, 2016
    • Hello Erik,
      Thank You for this usefull tool. I'm writting because I have problem which I can't resolve. I have VS Community 2015. Let me describe step by step, how I install Your tool:
      1. I didn't have EnityFramework and EntityFramework.SqlServerCompat so I installed it from Nuget.
      2. I installed Your tool
      3. I created new database. Connection is fine but then I have this red error: http://oi68.tinypic.com/2hd2l3b.jpg
      4. When I want to add entity model to project I get error:
      "Please add the EntityFramework.SqlServerCompact NuGet package to the project"
      I have 2 question too. 
      1.Do I have to EnityFramework and EntityFramework.SqlServerCompat referenced in solution? Because I don't see any of these in References in project.
      2. May I install 3.5 version of Your tool and have option "Add Windows Phone DataContext to current Project".
      Thank You,
    • Lets continue the support discussion here: https://github.com/ErikEJ/SqlCeToolbox/issues/52 
  • Planned SQLite Enhancements
    3 Posts | Last post April 19, 2016
    • Erik - Love the Toolbox so far.  So I know what I might expect in the future and at the risk of seeming pushy, do you plan for SQLite to:
      1.  Enhance the Build Table (beta) designer to start with a previously entered table so that I can add/delete/rename columns and then execute a Drop/Create instead of starting over when I need such changes or having to edit the previously saved script?
      2.  Add the equivalent of "Add SQLite-net DataAccess.net" to instead generate a Linq DataContext class together with the fully attributed entity classes corresponding to each table?
      3. If so on #2, will you include relationship code, which means adding a foreign key attribute to Build Table?
      For those that you intend to implement, do you have a guess as to timing?
    • Hi, this project is open source and free, and accepts any contributions from you and others. Regarding your suggestions:
      1: I propose that you just use the "Script as DROP and CREATE" feature. Remember that SQLite does not support "ALTER TABLE"
      2: LINQ to SQL is not supported by SQLite as far as I know, so no plans there.
      3: See reply to 2
      If you like the Tool, feel free to post a review here...
    • Erik - Thanks for the response.  
      1.  I thought it would make sense to just edit the DROP and CREATE script.  That's certainly easy enough.
      2.  Seems ignorance on my part re Linq working with SQLite is bliss.  I just got it to work.  In particular, I did several regular Linq queries, a DataContext.GetTable(), and several approaches to changing data, each followed by DataContext.SubmitChanges().  All the changes were made in the database.  
      The key is to instantiate the Linq DataContext by passing in a SQLiteConnection instead of the connection string.  After that, I used the Toolbox’s generated DataAccess code as a starting point for the Linq entity classes.  The key hurdle there was that I made NULL attribute database script changes after I started without corresponding changes in the entity classes.  That produced a cryptic error message that took some time to eventually rundown with help from Stack Overflow.  
      3.  I may respond to your suggestion to contribute to the Toolbox, though certainly not until I'm on a more solid footing understanding this stuff.  I'm only making step-by-step progress, having just started to learn about both SQLite and Linq a couple weeks ago at your suggestion.  And a great suggestion it has proven itself to be!
      Thanks again.  I'll post a review of the Toolbox in the next week or so.
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