How to install pysqlite?

Daniel Fetchinson fetchinson at
Sat Sep 19 22:24:23 CEST 2009

> I am trying to install pysqlite (Python interface to the SQLite). I
> downloaded the file with the package (pysqlite-2.5.5.tar.gz). And I
> did the following:
> gunzip pysqlite-2.5.5.tar.gz
> tar xvf pysqlite-2.5.5.tar
> cd pysqlite-2.5.5
> python install
> At the last step I have a problem. I get the following error message:
> error: command 'gcc' failed with exit status 1
> I found that other peoples also had this problem. For example here:
> As far as I understood in the person had a problem because sqlite2 was
> not installed. But in my case, I have sqlite3 (I can run it from
> command line).
> May be I should change some paths in "setup.cfg"? At the moment I have
> there:
> #define=
> #include_dirs=/usr/local/include
> #library_dirs=/usr/local/lib
> libraries=sqlite3
> And if I type "which sqlite3" I get:
> /usr/bin/sqlite3
> Can anybody pleas help me with that problem.

What version of python are you using?

>From 2.5 onward python already includes pysqlite. Try 'import
sqlite3'. Python 2.5.1 includes pysqlite 2.3.2 while python 2.6.1
includes pysqlite 2.4.1 and python 3.0 includes also pysqlite 2.4.1.

You only need to install pysqlite separately if you explicitly need
the newer pysqlite version.


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