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Base is an application for creating, designing, editing, and browsing SQLite 3 database files. It's a proper OS X application. Fast to launch, quick to get in to and get the data you need.

Base starts with all the basic features you need:

  • Schema viewing
  • Table contents viewing/editing
  • Custom SQL queries
  • Command logging
Then makes it all even better:
  • Support for viewing and editing ALL column- and table-level constraints. From simple default values, to complex foreign keys, Base can handle it.
  • Advanced table designing and altering. No need to manually type more...

What's New

Version 2.4.8:
  • Smart quotes, dashes, spelling and data detectors are now disabled in the SQL editor
  • The add index sheet is no longer missing column names
  • Showing recent documents no longer outputs vast numbers of messages to the system console
  • SQLite updated to 3.8.1


  • OS X 10.8 or later

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Itistoday Member IconReview+89

My go to software for sqlite3. Fast, intuitive, well designed and stable. Priced a bit high IMO. Worthy of a MacUpdate pick (red highlight) IMO.

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Version 2.4.7
Jimw Member IconComment+455

Not really. There are no ulterior motives. as the previous comment might suggest. I am just trying to communicate two things:
- That users should not confuse this with another product of the same name.
- To inform the developer by naming the product the same as another product that is under the umbrella of a megacorporation that is not known for altruistic acts, the developer could be risking a legal action.

What do I get from this -- nothing. I am just trying to be helpful, reduce possible confusion from prospective customers, and help the developer avoid a potential lawsuit.

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Version 2.3

Please reply at the appropriate place and do not open new threads to post a reply to an earlier discussion. No one will know what you're talking about. Some might even think you are a person with a serious attention deficit.

Steve Cholerton Member IconReview+81
Steve Cholerton

I really like this app. It' simple and functional. I occasionally have to switch to sqlite manager for something but that is rare. Great job dev :-)

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Version 2.2.1
goosesensor Member IconReview+1

Great app. 'Had been using MesaSQLite as a simple GUI for my occasional SQLite work. It worked, and was free, but was awkward and glitchy and wasn't compatible with newer SQLite formats.

This app is nothing too crazy for fancy, but it's clean and intuitive and nice. It does just what I need and does it well. Good purchase.

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Version 2.0.2
Macgruder Member IconComment+49

Oops. Version 2 seems to have lost the ability to add a column to a table. Where there were 3 buttons to
Add Index, Remove Index, and Add Column now the Add Column one is missing.

I can only imagine this is a temporary oversight as it seems good software.

If the ability is still there then there's a interface issue as it must be well hidden somewhere.

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Version 2.0

I finally tracked down that there is a 'alter...' dropdown in the area to the left (the area visually for the database as a whole rather than the individual table), but selecting it brings up the same dialogue box as clicking the + symbol to its left so no luck there. I wonder what happened to the add column icon. Weird. Sure it'll be fixed soon.


Seems the Cog > Alter... does work after all. Seems that there's a small bug that manifests itself with certain tables, and that previously didn't work for me.

That said, I'm not sure why the developer hid the "Add Column" away from where it was before.

Menial (Developer)

Since the table creation/editing code & UI have had an overhaul for Base 2.0, I thought it best to remove the add column button in favour of a more consolidated UI. Sorry the change threw you off track a bit.
- Ben

Jimw Member IconComment+455

This product should not be confused with the Base database in OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice, both free packages that have most of the same features found in MicroSoft Office. Base is similar to Microsoft Access in OpenOffice and may be a copyrighted name by OpenOffice and/or Oracle. Calling this product "Base" in my opinion is a very bad choice of names since Base in Open Office is licensed under a GPL and may not be sold - only given away (nominal fees may be charged for distribution and support may be fee based). I would strongly suggest the developer remove this product from sale until the copyright issues regarding the name is determined or change the name immediately as Oracle does have a high powered legal staff that is not shy about lawsuits and collecting big bucks when an opportunity presents itself.

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Version 2.0

who cares


You sure like to sound important, do you?

Peternsteinmetz Member IconComment+64

This is NOT shareware. It is a demo, runs for limited time and has limited functionality. Shareware is where the user decides if and how much to pay for the product. It would be nice if MacUpdate actually insisted on people using the proper categorization.

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Version 2.0
Menial (Developer)

Base is shareware, although I personally dislike the term. Most people I've spoken to typically define shareware as an app that runs without payment, but is limited in some fashion. This limit could be in terms of features, run time, or number of launches.

Base takes a middle ground, in that it can be launched an unlimited number of times, but quits with a notice after 15 minutes. It also limits the results returned from a custom query. I took this approach so that casual users could use the app with little hindrance, but professional/heavy users would need to register.

Lastly, MacUpdate lets you categorise software as one of the following: Free, Demo, Shareware, Updater or Commercial. I think Shareware fits the bill better than any of the others.

Hope this clarifies matters.

- Ben


The term shareware means only, that you can share the software, that is pass it on to other users. No one ever said anything about "free".

Detlevski Member IconComment+84

Nice app, does what is needs to do.

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Version 1.4.1
Hsoft Member IconReview+12

Does what I need, simple interface, cheap. It's a winner!

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Version 1.4
Xplicit Member IconReview+806

Fast, reliable, good interface, good features and a reasonable price. Excellent. What else is there to say?

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Version 1.4
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Version 2.4.2
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Version 2.2
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Downloads 17,354
Version Downloads 2,407
License Demo
Date 02 Nov 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $32.00
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