Asynchronous, non-blocking SQLCipher bindings
Last updated 2 months ago by journeyapps-platform .
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$ cnpm install @journeyapps/sqlcipher 
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Fork of node-sqlite3, modified to use SQLCipher.

While the node-sqlite3 project does include support for compiling against sqlcipher, it requires manual work, and does not work out-of-the-box on Electron on Windows. This fork changes the default configuration to bundle SQLCipher directly, as well as OpenSSL where required.

Supported platforms

Tests are run and pre-built binaries are made available for the following platforms:

  • Node 8, 10 and 12.
  • Electron 3, 4 and 5.
  • Windows, Mac and Linux.



  • Visual Studio 2015
  • Python 2.7


  • brew install openssl@1.1


yarn install "@journeyapps/sqlcipher"
# Or: npm install --save "@journeyapps/sqlcipher"

For Electron, use electron-rebuild or similar tool.


var sqlite3 = require('@journeyapps/sqlcipher').verbose();
var db = new sqlite3.Database('test.db');

db.serialize(function() {
  // Required to open a database created with SQLCipher 3.x
  db.run("PRAGMA cipher_compatibility = 3");

  db.run("PRAGMA key = 'mysecret'");
  db.run("CREATE TABLE lorem (info TEXT)");

  var stmt = db.prepare("INSERT INTO lorem VALUES (?)");
  for (var i = 0; i < 10; i++) {
      stmt.run("Ipsum " + i);

  db.each("SELECT rowid AS id, info FROM lorem", function(err, row) {
      console.log(row.id + ": " + row.info);



A copy of the source for SQLCipher 4.3.0 is bundled, which is based on SQLite 3.31.0.


SQLCipher depends on OpenSSL. When using NodeJS, OpenSSL is provided by NodeJS itself. For Electron, we need to use our own copy.

For Windows we bundle OpenSSL 1.0.2n. Pre-built libraries are used from https://slproweb.com/products/Win32OpenSSL.html.

On Mac we build against OpenSSL installed via brew, but statically link it so that end-users do not need to install it.

On Linux we dynamically link against the system OpenSSL.


See the API documentation in the wiki.

Documentation for the SQLCipher extension is available here.


mocha is required to run unit tests.

In sqlite3's directory (where its package.json resides) run the following:

npm install --build-from-source
npm test


To publish a new version, run:

npm version minor -m "%s [publish binary]"
npm publish

Publishing of the prebuilt binaries is performed on CircleCI and AppVeyor.


Most of the work in this library is from the node-sqlite3 library by MapBox.

Additionally, some of the SQLCipher-related changes are based on a fork by liubiggun.


node-sqlcipher is BSD licensed.

SQLCipher is Copyright (c) 2016, ZETETIC LLC under the BSD license.

SQLite is Public Domain

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