There are programs like sqlitebrowser that let you view databases as tables and edit them in a convenient way. But I can't encounter a similar program for linux console. I have a server that I can access via SSH, and having a convenient database browser for Linux console would be beneficial to me.

Is there such a program offering terminal-compatible "graphical" UI? It could be based on e.g. curses/ncurses/unicurses.

Example for another database engine/OS: enter image description here

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    What's wrong with the sqlite3 executable – or, put into other words, what features do you need it doesn't offer? I could think of e.g. ncurses support or the like (to provide a kind of GUI – see e.g. SQLite Commander), but I cannot tell what you've got in mind :)
    – Izzy
    Feb 25, 2016 at 15:32
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    @Izzy well, basically, I was looking for something that could be based on curses/ncurses/unicurses. I'll take a look at this SQLite Commander, it might be just what I need.
    – Highstaker
    Feb 25, 2016 at 20:23
  • Good luck! And don't forget letting us know of the outcome ;)
    – Izzy
    Feb 25, 2016 at 20:49

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My choice for browsing tabular data in the console or terminal is [Visidata] (https://www.visidata.org). It works well with SQLite and a variety of other data sources. It does allow editing data in the cells of a table, but is not great for tasks like altering table structures. It does not allow running SQL queries, but is very efficient in browsing data and manipulating it in a variety of ways.

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    Welcome James! Excellent answer quality. Thank you! Mar 23, 2021 at 9:03

Check the sqlectron. It comes both in GUI and in Term version.

Also there is sqlcrush.


The SQLite package includes the sqlite3 command-line client, which appears to offer equivalent functionality to mysql (MySQL), psql (PostgreSQL) or sqlplus (Oracle). I don't see that it supports network connection, but that is really outside the intended use-case for SQLite and is unnecessary if you have SSH access to the server.

  • Unfortunate timing, but apparently the asker is looking for something curses-based, I edited the question for clarity.
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Feb 26, 2016 at 9:41
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    The problem is that sqlite3 is based on typing commands, not "console GUI", so to say. I want something where I can navigate my table with arrow keys, press enter to edit an entry, etc.
    – Highstaker
    Feb 26, 2016 at 14:21

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