Installing a custom version of SQLite3


SQLite is already installed on all DreamHost servers. You can also install your own version locally under your username. This article walks you through this process.


  1. Log into your server via SSH.
  2. Make sure you're in your user's home directory.
    [server]$ cd ~
  3. Visit the SQLite download page to download the most recent version.
  4. Run the following to download it to your user's directory.
    [server]$ wget
  5. Decompress the file.
    [server]$ tar zxvf sqlite-autoconf-3330000.tar.gz
  6. Change into the new directory.
    [server]$ cd sqlite-autoconf-3330000
  7. Run the following to configure it.
    [server]$ ./configure --prefix=$HOME/opt/sqlite
  8. Run make and make install to complete the installation.
    [server]$ make
    [server]$ make install
  9. Add the following lines to your .bash_profile. This is a file located in your user's home directory.
    export PATH=$HOME/opt/sqlite/bin:$PATH
    export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$HOME/opt/sqlite/lib
    export LD_RUN_PATH=$HOME/opt/sqlite/lib
  10. Run the source command on your .bash_profile file.
    [server]$ source .bash_profile
  11. Check the version to confirm it's now being used.
    [server]$ which sqlite3
    [server]$ sqlite3
    SQLite version 3.33.0 2024-04-02 13:23:32
  12. Quit the sqlite shell by running the following.
    sqlite> .quit

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