Sometimes I use SQLite database but it's quite common that I don't know anything about its structure.

I need to retrieve all metadata like the name of a database or table, the data type of a column, primary keys, foreign keys, or access privileges.

MSSQL has information_schema for this purpose but is there something similar for SQLite?


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The equivalent of, for instance, MySQL describe t1; is



SELECT * FROM sqlite_master WHERE tbl_name = 't1';

is also useful. Most of the time, however, I simply use

.schema t1 

which outputs the SQL definition of the table or view, even with the original comments (exactly the same as SELECT sql FROM sqlite_master WHERE..., with less typing. .sch works too.)

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