Node.js Quick Start Guide

In this quickstart, we will show you how to get started with SQLite Cloud and Node.js by building a simple web server that connects to and reads from a SQLite Cloud database, then serves that data to the client.


  1. Set up a SQLite Cloud account
    • If you haven’t already, sign up for a SQLite Cloud account and create a new database.
    • In this guide, we will use the sample datasets that come pre-loaded with SQLite Cloud.
  2. Create a Node.js app
    • Navigate to your target directory and run the following command to initialize your Node.js app and install the necessary depedencies:
npm init
  • After creating your project, install the SQLite Cloud SDK:
npm install express @sqlitecloud/drivers --save
  • Create a file named index.js in the root directory of your project.
  1. Query data
    • Grab a connection string by clicking on a node in your dashboard.
    • Paste the following into your index.js file:
const express = require('express');
const { Database } = require('@sqlitecloud/drivers');

const app = express();
const db = new Database('<your-connection-string>');

app.get('/albums', async (req, res) => {
    const result = await db.sql`
    USE DATABASE chinook.sqlite; 
    SELECT albums.AlbumId as id, albums.Title as title, artists.name as artist
    FROM albums 
    INNER JOIN artists 
    WHERE artists.ArtistId = albums.ArtistId
    LIMIT 20;`;
    res.json(result);
});

app.listen(3000, () => {
  console.log('Server running on port 3000');
});
  1. Run your app
node index.js
  1. View your web server response
    • Open your browser and navigate to http://localhost:3000/albums to see your app in action.

And that’s it! You’ve successfully built a Node.js app that reads and serves data from a SQLite Cloud database.