SDK API Reference


This module gives access to a database that can be queried through a WebSQL-like API. The database is persisted across restarts of your app.

An example to do list app is available that uses this module for storage.

Expo.SQLite.openDatabase(name, version, description, size)

Open a database, creating it if it doesn’t exist, and return a Database object.


  • name (string) — Name of the database file to open.

The version, description and size arguments are ignored, but are accepted by the function for compatibility with the WebSQL specification.


Returns a Database object, described below.

Database objects

Database objects are returned by calls to Expo.SQLite.openDatabase(). Such an object represents a connection to a database on your device. They support one method:

  • db.transaction(callback, error, success)

    Execute a database transaction.


    • callback (function) — A function representing the transaction to perform. Takes a Transaction (see below) as its only parameter, on which it can add SQL statements to execute.

    • error (function) — Called if an error occured processing this transaction. Takes a single parameter describing the error.

    • success (function) — Called when the transaction has completed executing on the database.

Transaction objects

A Transaction object is passed in as a parameter to the callback parameter for the db.transaction() method on a Database (see above). It allows enqueuing SQL statements to perform in a database transaction. It supports one method:

  • tx.executeSql(sqlStatement, arguments, success, error)

    Enqueue a SQL statement to execute in the transaction. Authors are strongly recommended to make use of the ? placeholder feature of the method to avoid against SQL injection attacks, and to never construct SQL statements on the fly.


    • sqlStatement (string) — A string containing a database query to execute expressed as SQL. The string may contain ? placeholders, with values to be substituted listed in the arguments parameter.

    • arguments (array) — An array of values (numbers or strings) to substitute for ? placeholders in the SQL statement.

    • success (function) — Called when the query is successfully completed during the transaction. Takes two parameters: the transaction itself, and a ResultSet object (see below) with the results of the query.

    • error (function) — Called if an error occured executing this particular query in the transaction. Takes two parameters: the transaction itself, and the error object.

ResultSet objects

ResultSet objects are returned through second parameter of the success callback for the tx.executeSql() method on a Transaction (see above). They have the following form:

  rows: {
  • insertId (number) — The row ID of the row that the SQL statement inserted into the database, if a row was inserted.

  • rowsAffected (number) — The number of rows that were changed by the SQL statement.

  • rows.length (number) — The number of rows returned by the query.

  • rows.item (function)rows.item(index) returns the row with the given index. If there is no such row, returns null.

  • rows.array (number_) — The actual array of rows returned by the query. Can be used directly instead of getting rows through rows.item().