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SQLite parser

An ANTLR4 grammar for SQLite 3.8.x based on the official specs.


To install this library, do the following:

git clone
cd sqlite-parser
mvn clean install -DskipTests=true


The generated parser has been tested by approximately 30000 SQLite statements scraped from the test suite of the SQLite repository. Running these tests, which can take quite a few minutes, can be done as follows:

mvn clean test

If running the tests takes too long for your liking, try increasing the max heap space as follows:

export JAVA_TOOL_OPTIONS="-Xmx4096m" && mvn clean test


Let's say you would like to record all the names of functions used in an select-statement:

HAVING count(*) >= 4
ORDER BY max(n) + 0

This can be done by attaching a listener to the parse tree that listens when the parse tree enters an SQL expression, and the function name inside this expression is not null:

import org.antlr.v4.runtime.ANTLRInputStream;
import org.antlr.v4.runtime.CommonTokenStream;
import org.antlr.v4.runtime.misc.NotNull;
import org.antlr.v4.runtime.tree.ParseTree;
import org.antlr.v4.runtime.tree.ParseTreeWalker;
import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;

public class Main {

    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {

        // The list that will hold our function names.
        final List<String> functionNames = new ArrayList<String>();

        // The select-statement to be parsed.
        String sql = "SELECT log AS x FROM t1 \n" +
                "GROUP BY x                   \n" +
                "HAVING count(*) >= 4         \n" +
                "ORDER BY max(n) + 0          \n";

        // Create a lexer and parser for the input.
        SQLiteLexer lexer = new SQLiteLexer(new ANTLRInputStream(sql));
        SQLiteParser parser = new SQLiteParser(new CommonTokenStream(lexer));

        // Invoke the `select_stmt` production.
        ParseTree tree = parser.select_stmt();

        // Walk the `select_stmt` production and listen when the parser
        // enters the `expr` production.
        ParseTreeWalker.DEFAULT.walk(new SQLiteBaseListener(){

            public void enterExpr(@NotNull SQLiteParser.ExprContext ctx) {
                // Check if the expression is a function call.
                if (ctx.function_name() != null) {
                    // Yes, it was a function call: add the name of the function
                    // to out list.
        }, tree);

        // Print the parsed functions.
        System.out.println("functionNames=" + functionNames);

which will print:

functionNames=[count, max]

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