Using the WHERE clause in SQLite

Hi Expert!

I have a general question about using WHERE clauses in SQLite. I have worked with SQLite some and know my way around. However, I'm having trouble with WHERE clauses.

I have an Android application in which I'm needing to do a few simple operations with the SQLite WHERE clause. However, despite experimenting with the WHERE clause 

all day, I've come up empty. I am trying to perform very simple SQLite commands (e.g. SELECT name FROM tablename WHERE _id=2 or DELETE FROM tablename WHERE 

name='somename'). But, every time I use the where clause I either get 0 rows returned (in the case of a SELECT) or have 0 rows deleted.

The table name is correct. The column names are correct. (I haven't had any trouble selecting or inserting as long as I don't specify a WHERE clause.) I made sure 

that the queries/statements were well formed. I've tried both raw queries/statements as well as the methods (I made sure to use the correct methods for SELECT and 

DELETE {e.g. rawQuery() or query() for SELECT}) provided from the SQLiteDatabase class in Android, but nothing has worked.

All I need is to be able to perform simple queries/statements using the WHERE clause. Does anyone have any insight as to what's happening?

Thanks in advance! 
Last updated:5/30/2013 5:36:33 AM

1 Answers


Hi Ankita!

You can try as following

Method First:

String sqlQuery = 'select * from Appointment where start_date=''
                + startDate + '' order by start_date,time(start_date) ASC';
        cursor = getReadableDatabase().rawQuery(sqlQuery, null);
        // Log.e('Appointment ->','Total rows fetched for date '+
        // startDate+' '+cursor.getCount());
        if (cursor != null && cursor.moveToFirst()) {
            do {
            } while (cursor.moveToNext());

Method Second:

private boolean isRequestExists(int requestId) {
    Cursor cursor = null;
    boolean result = false;
    try {
        String[] args = { '' + requestId };
        StringBuffer sbQuery = new StringBuffer('SELECT * from ').append(
                TABLE_NAME).append(' where _id=?');
        cursor = getReadableDatabase().rawQuery(sbQuery.toString(), args);
        if (cursor != null && cursor.moveToFirst()) {
            result = true;
    } catch (Exception e) {
        Log.e('Requestdbhelper', e.toString());
    return result;

I hope this code might be resolve your problem.