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SpatiaLite Plugin

Supports direct access to a SQLite/SpatiaLite database.

SQLite is a popular embedded relational database. SpatiaLite is the spatial extension to SQLite.


This plugin uses internal versions of both SQLite (3.7.2) and SpatiaLite (2.4.0). Therefore the plugin is only capable of accessing databases that are compatible with these versions.




Note that the groupId is org.geotools.jdbc for this and other JDBC plugin modules.

Connection Parameters

Parameter Description
“dbtype” Must be the string “spatialite”
“database” The database to connect to
“user” User name (optional)


Example use:

Map params = new HashMap();
params.put("dbtype", "spatialite");
params.put("database", "geotools.db");

DataStore datastore = DataStoreFinder.getDataStore(params);


The SpatiaLite datastore ships with its own build of the SQLite and SpatiaLite libraries. The SpatiaLite component has been compiled with GEOS and PROJ support so those libraries are required for the plugin to function. Setting up the plugin requires:

  1. Install the required native libraries for your platform
  2. Ensure Java is configured to locate the native libraries

Prebuilt libraries are available for all supported platforms but you may choose to compile your own. For more information see:

Supported Platforms

The following platforms are currently supported.

Native Libraries

Prebuilt libraries of PROJ and GEOS are available for a number of platforms.

Windows 32-bit

Prebuilt 32-bit Windows DLL’s for PROJ and GEOS are available from:

These libraries along with the original header files are also available from:

These DLL files should be installed in a directory that is on the default search path for DLL’s such as C:\WINDOWS\System32.

Windows 64-bit

At this time Windows 64-bit libraries are not available but the 32-bit libraries should work on 64-bit systems.

Linux 32-bit

Prebuilt 32-bit Linux shared libraries for PROJ and GEOS are available from:

Linux 64-bit

Prebuilt 64-bit Linux shared libraries for PROJ and GEOS are available from:


Prebuilt 32/64-bit shared libraries for PROJ and GEOS for Intel based Macs only are available from:

Java Environment

For the SpatiaLite plugin to function Java must be configured to load the required PROJ/GEOS libraries.


The easiest way to allow Java to load the required DLL’s is to put them in the C:\WINDOWS\System32 directory.


The libraries may be installed anywhere on the system, a common place to put them is under /usr/local. Java is configured by setting the -Djava.library.path system property:

java -Djava.library.path=/usr/local/lib

It also maybe required to set the LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable as well:

export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:/usr/local/lib
java -Djava.library.path=/usr/local/lib


Same as for Linux except that LD_LIBRARY_PATH is replaced with DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH.