Sometimes I use MS Access 2017 to perform database tasks: Union, Filter, Join ...
From time to time I receive data which I need to process, these are different, short, ad-hoc tasks, I need a tool where I can quickly import data and perform my queries.

I feel I've reached it's limits, my queries based on limited size data take minutes to run. (the same data is processed in no time in Spotfire, however that's not a database tool).

I'm looking for a faster tool now, which could do it more efficiently.

  • I'm familiar with SQL, use Oracle's SQL developer and MS SQL Server Management studio, however they need a connection, can't connect to local databases
  • I've a bit of understanding of R, a package there might be good too
  • looking the internet SQLite seemed promising, however it's good for application development, I didn't see the way how could I do easily something simple in it.
  • I've also found LibreOffice / OpenOffice suggested as similar tools, but I'm not sure those would have better performance.

(my data:

  • 4-8 tables
  • 1-10 MB each as txt files
  • 10-300 k rows each

my Pc:

  • HP EliteBook 840 G3, Intel i5-6300, 16 GB RAM
  • Windows 7 Professional 64 bit, Office Professional Plus 2013 32 bit

what I've tried (without big improvement):

  • embedding all data, adding indexes)
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    So a plain, file-based SQL database would fit your needs? Like SQLiteStudio?
    – Izzy
    Nov 23, 2017 at 7:51
  • Yes, seems like a solution!! (I check it before give a definite answer, but it is really something I need). Nov 23, 2017 at 8:06
  • Hasn't all the functionality of MSAccess, so I was unsure if that's what you're after. Let me know if it fits, so I make it a full answer. I use it myself, btw ;)
    – Izzy
    Nov 23, 2017 at 8:09
  • It just knows what I need, please add it as an answer. Based on it, I've also tried DB Browser for SQLite which is available through portableapps platform, it can create a table by csv import which I couldn't do in your tool. Otherwise SQLite studio seems to be more user friendly / interactive Nov 23, 2017 at 8:21
  • The Firefox addon Sqlite Manager is better. Besides it's not something to do with your database development application. Are you sure you did database normalization? If it didn't work I recommend you to use an archive manager to compress files, if searching or filtering text is not a problem.
    – onurcano
    Nov 25, 2017 at 19:31

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As you just confirmed, SQLiteStudio is what you're looking for:

  • it works with local database files, which are "portable" (you can just copy them to another machine, and even use them with other software)
  • it can deal with the data sizes you've mentioned just easily (I use it with databases several Megabytes in size – other projects use SQLite databases even with several hundreds of Megabytes)
  • you already found SQLite "promising", but obviously only lacked the GUI SQLiteStudio provides
  • *SQLiteStudio is available cross-platform, so it works with your setup
  • it's leight-weight and (compared with LibreOffice which you named) has much faster startup and a much smaller "footprint"
  • it comes with an integrated database browser as well as with a query editor

SQLiteStudio SQLiteStudio
Screenshots: database browser, query editor (source: SQLiteStudio; click images for larger variants)

I'm using SQLiteStudio myself, and am quite happy with it.

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