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SQLite insert or update statement example

December 2nd, 2021 · 1 min read

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For most of Crud and migration query time, we try to make the same query for insert or update like if we have the same row then update else insert a new row.

SQLite also provides multiple options to write insert or update statements in a single query.

Let start today’s tutorial SQLite insert or update statement example

First we should go with new SQLite feature SQLite upserts

SQLite upserts

In SQLite upserts, we are able to write conditions if column values match then run update query else insert.

Something like the below example.

1INSERT INTO phonebook(name,phonenumber) VALUES('Alice','704-555-1212')
2 ON CONFLICT(name) DO UPDATE SET phonenumber=excluded.phonenumber;

One thing I don’t like, we have to write columns multiple times.

We have also a second option and it’s the INSERT OR REPLACE query.


SQLite REPLACE will delete the existing one and add a new row in the table then use this very carefully and provide all column details while in updating case else other data will vanish.

1INSERT OR REPLACE INTO phonebook (id, name,phonenumber)
2VALUES(1, 'Alice','704-555-1212');

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