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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  • Toolbox activates "Properties" window when activating anyting in Toolbox window
    2 Posts | Last post April 16, 2016
    • Hi, Erik! Thanks for new version! But I got bad news.
      When the project first launched, trying to activate Toolbox makes active "Properties" window, so that I have to activate Toolbox again. It was also in early versions.
    • Hi.. could you post an issue at github, and provide more details about which version you mean by "new", and steps required to reproduce the issue...
  • PrimaryKey attribute not recognized?
    4 Posts | Last post April 12, 2016
    • I have installed the Sqlite Toolbox, successfully connected to an existing sqlite database, and added DataAccess.cs to my project. However, the table and column attributes are not recognized:
      What is the namespace for attributes in the DataAccess.cs?
      What references are needed?
    • Hi Gary, I beleive there is a link to this blog post at the top of the DataAccess.cd file: See the blog post here for help on using the generated code: http://erikej.blogspot.dk/2014/10/database-first-with-sqlite-in-universal.html 
    • Erik - I am having the same problem as Gary (though with a database I created using the Toolbox), plus these additional problems:
      -- The generated DataAccess code had "using SQLite" instead of "using System.Data.SQLite", which made the SQLiteConnection class unrecognizable.
      -- After fixing the using, SQLiteConnection was ok, but the CreateTable methods were not recognized.  There are several CreateXxx methods in the SQLiteConection class, just not CreateTable.
      I followed the blog you suggested, including installing the 2 additional Windows Phone and Windows RT extensions, all using the VS Extensions Manager.  The problems are still there.
      I can see how the Toolbox will be a big help once I'm past the startup challenges.  Thanks for your help.  Steve
    • Cincy Steve: As noted above, the generated code is for use with the sqlite-net class code, not with System.Data.Sqlite - please read the blogpost linked above. The same link should be at the top of the generated code. 
  • Data Query error if SQLite databases uses DateTimeFormat=Ticks
    2 Posts | Last post March 11, 2016
    • I have a database that uses DateTimeFormat=Ticks in the connection string.  When a DateTimes is written to the database, the value of the Ticks property is written. When I use your tool to query the database, I get an error from DateTime.ParseExact with a very long stack trace.
      Can you fix your tool so it checks that property in the connection & interprets the value properly? There's also a property in the connection that tells you what value to use for the DateTimeKind property of the DateTime struct.
    • Hi Tony, I have made some fixes for that recently, can you describe the issue in more detal here, and tell me the exact extension version you use (from the about dialog in the add-in): https://github.com/ErikEJ/SqlCeToolbox/issues/new 
  • Data Source VS2015
    5 Posts | Last post March 04, 2016
    • ErikEJ,
      after making the connection , I'll create the data source , and give an error that is not supported, it can be. It is to do a tutorial on how to connect and preecher data grid .
      thank you for tool
    • The Data Source support in my DDEX provider is limited to saving connections on server explorer for use with the EF Tools. Not for creating DataSets, which I do not recommend for using with SQL CE anyway. If you want a quick data access layer, just use the LINQ to SQL code generation  
    • Like using your tool, but I private install SQL CE with my app.  Any thoughts on how to get your tool to work with private install?  Also, I find this error occasionally https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/974247  Any thoughs?
    • Sorry Erik, thought I was responding to SQLToolBox.  That is the tool we are using.
    • John: you could use binding redirects with the standalone tool. And lets discuss the other issue on Github
  • Unable to load DLL 'sqlceme35.dll'
    6 Posts | Last post February 03, 2016
    • Error of loading sqlceme35.dll raises on toolbox start. VS2013 Ultimate crashes too.
    • Re-install/repair the SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2 runtime
    • Same problem. Crash Visual Studio. I dont need SQL Server Compact, only SQLite. Does it mean SQLite is not really supported?
    • Yes, you can use only sqlite, but your sql ce install is broken. Repair/uninstall. Did you try the latest daily? I made some fixes for this...
    • I had repaired SQL Server CE 4.0 SP1 and still face the same error. I am using vs 2015 community edition.
    • Kalpesh: repair/reinstall 3,5 sp2, not 4,0
  • Can I use SQL statements with SQL Server Compact/SQLite Toolbox add-in?
    2 Posts | Last post January 22, 2016
    • Can SQL Server Compact/SQLite Toolbox add-in help me use SQL statements to do operations on SQLite on UWP/Windows 10 environment (desktop, mobile etc.)?
      I am not able to find that detail in the description of the package...
    • You can run SQL statements against a SQLite database on your desktop, not against a database on a Phone or Tablet directly
  • Script out Database from LocalDB build in VS 2015
    2 Posts | Last post January 13, 2016
    • Hi Erik,
      I have used your plug in in Visual Studio  2015 Community and it works fine. I have manged to script out LocalDB Schema and Data and created .sql file. Only DB tables were scripted out. How to script out Stored Procedures from the same LocalDB. All this will be uploaded to the SqlServer 2012 Developer.Thank you for your time. 
    • Thanks! For SQL Server to SQL Server scripting, use the tools built into SQL Server Management Studio.
  • Local Database
    2 Posts | Last post November 16, 2015
    • Is this the download that lets you adds data bases in Visual studio 2015? Someone told me to install a local database and create since the 2015 version doesn't have it. 
    • It depends what you mean by "local database" - why not give it a try?
  • API
    12 Posts | Last post November 12, 2015
    • Great job! Thanks for this tool. It is just amazing. Quick question. Is there an API (DLL) so that the Script generation of SQL Server Database Schema and Data to SQLite can be called inside a C# code? 
    • Hi Erik,
      Please help me. Is it possible to generate by code the Import data script inside a C# project? Thanks for you quick reply.
    • Hi Erik,
      FYI, I see many objects class. Which one should I use to generate the script for importing data from MS SQL Server to SQLite?
    • Glad you like it, feel free to post a review here! You can use my API, yes: http://erikej.blogspot.dk/2013/03/sql-server-compact-code-snippet-of-week.html (Just replace DB4Repository with ServerRepository)
    • Hi Erik,
      Thank you very much. I got the DLLs. Probably the last question :-) What is the method I can use to specify the tables for which the generator will output the scripts? Thanks again!
    • You can use the generator.ExcludeTables method
    • Awesome! Thanks Erik!
    • Hi Erik,
      I have another issue when calling the assembly:
      using ErikEJ.SqlCeScripting.
      The error meaasage is the following:
      The type or namespace name 'ErikEJ' could not be found (are you missing a using directive or an assembly reference?).
      Any idea about what's missing? Thanks in advance for your reply knowing your busy schedule.
    • I am happy to help, but could we please take this discussion here: http://exportsqlce.codeplex.com/workitem/list/basic and pls provide details about the sql ce version used and the project type etc.
    • FYI, I referenced the DDLs.
    • As I said, pls log an issue, and provide exact and clear information
    • Sorry about that. Alright. I am doing that right now. Thanks!
  • Instalation Issue VS2015 Community
    6 Posts | Last post November 12, 2015
    • Hi Erik,
      Is this Toolbox compatible with VS2015 Community?
      I tried to install it with VS2013 Express and get informed that it´s not compatible with that version. So, i installed VS2015 Community and tried to install the toolbox, but nothing happens, no errors, no messages...
    • Of course it is, I currently use VS 2015 Community to develop it! How did you install? Is it not installed already? Check the Extensions and Updates dialog
    • I have just downloaded and executed the file to do the install.
      Now, with your suggestion, i checked the Extensions and Updates dialog, added the extension and it´s working fine.
      Thanks a lot!
    • how did you add the extension?  I don't see anything, only form for servers
    • i tried to add folder with extension to this list. now i get message that access  to the path is denied
    • Amalgamsky: I do not understand your issues, pls log an issue here with clear description and screenshots, thanks: https://sqlcetoolbox.codeplex.com/workitem/list/basic 
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