Mogli Mogli - 3 months ago 87
C# Question

sqlite unable to open database file is encrypted or is not a database?

I am working on a windows application .net 2.0 with sqlite database, my connection string stays in app.config like

<add name="SQLiteDB"
connectionString="Data Source=|DataDirectory|database.s3db;version=3;password=mypassword;"

In the connection string i have defined password as "mypassword" if i remove this password everything is working well but when i use password clause, it gives me error in syntax that

File opened that is not a database file
file is encrypted or is not a database

I searched on net and found some version issue but i am using version 3 only as i stated in connection string i also tried removing the "version=3" but problem remains the same.

I am doing this first time, what is the solution of it?


When you specify a password in the connection string, and the database already exists, SQLite assumes the database is encrypted and will try to decrypt it with said password. If you haven't set a password on the database yet, this will result in the "file is encrypted" error, because the supplied password can't be used to decrypt an unencrypted database.

You can either delete the database, and SQLite will create a new encrypted database using the password in the connection string. Or, you can encrypt your existing database using the ChangePassword() method:

// Opens an unencrypted database    
SQLiteConnection cnn = new SQLiteConnection("Data Source=c:\\test.db3");    

// Encrypts the database. The connection remains valid and usable afterwards.    

Reference: Encrypting, decrypting and attaching to encrypted databases