First of all, a question:

UPDATE table_a 
    SET column_d = 100, column_e = 200 
    WHERE column_a = 1 and column_b = 0 and column_c = 1;

UPDATE table_a 
    SET column_d = 123, column_e = 150 
    WHERE column_a = 2 and column_b = 1 and column_c = 3


Imagine this goes on.

Would any performance improvement come from merging these in a single query?

If so, how can it be done?

Remember I am asking specifically for SQLlite3


1 Answer 1


Finding each row to update requires an index lookup. Writing a combined query would not change this.

Minimize the transaction overhead by running all UPDATEs inside a single transaction. Further performance improvements are not possible.

  • Got it, thanks! That was my initial thought. Already following the advice and moving everything to a single transaction
    – catteneo
    Nov 6, 2020 at 16:34

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