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QSqlite driver does not load

  • Hello,

    I'm having hard time trying to launch my application correctly on win7 64b,
    I created app that uses sqlite3 as database, everything works fine in creator, app works its best.
    Unfortunately when I'm trying to launch app outside the creator it fails to load sql driver.
    What I did was, copied .exe from qt release folder, opened dependencywalker and threw bunch of dll's inside.
    Thats how my folder looks like:

    • .exe
    • (required dlls from dependencywalker, guess I don't have to mention them)
    • icudt53,icuin53,icuuc53
    • libEGL
    • libgcc_s_dw2-1
    • libwinpthread-1
      Folder sqldrivers:
    • qsqlite
    • libsqlite3-0
      Folder platforms
    • qwindows

    db is my QSqlDatabase object and its private object of mainwindow class.
    Here where it gets messy, its mainwindow ctor.

    db = QSqlDatabase::addDatabase("QSQLITE");

    and at this point it should've created new database called data.db if it doesn't already exists, in creator it does so I expect same results outside also.
    Unfortunately it pops error "Driver not loaded", you could say there is no dll for the driver, the fun part is that QSqlDatabase::drivers pops that there is 1 available driver "QSQLITE" so why it doesn't load, could someone explain it to me, please?
    Talk to me like to a total newbie, I didn't read any qt tutorials/books, just figuring things out by myself. If there is fancy magic why it doesn't work please be very precise with explanation.

  • Try using the windows deployment tool. It's a great start point.

  • I'm having the same problem... Whenever I try to open a database it just ends up like this:
    QSqlDatabase(driver="QSQLITE", database="", host="", port=-1, user="", open=true) true

    This means that everytime I try to use QSqlQuery, I get the following error(s):
    QSqlQuery::prepare: database not open
    QSqlError("", "Driver not loaded", "Driver not loaded")

    This is how my connection looks like:

     static bool createConnection(QString dbName) {
        QSqlDatabase dbLotto = QSqlDatabase::addDatabase("QSQLITE", dbName);;
        qDebug()<< dbLotto <<dbLotto.isOpen();
        if (! {
            return false;
        } else {
            return true; 

    and it's being called like so:


    Error persists even is I set it to be C:/LottoNCA/SZ10.sqlite. Just like OP mentioned, if the file doesn't exist, it should create one at the very least. The file gets created, but it doesn't connect to it?

    Edit: When using db.setDatabaseName (File Path); the following occurs

    error: 'class QSqlDatabase' has no member named 'setDatabaseName'

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    I had the same issue too, i made mine work by

    create a folder in my deploy folder
    called "sqldrivers"
    with these files in it

    and also
    in the root of the deploy folder. (where my exe is)

    Directory of F:\dropbox\Time\Klok\Tools
    05-05-2015 15:05 <DIR> sqldrivers<-------------------------
    09-12-2014 20:21 10.397.296 icudt52.dll
    14-09-2014 03:28 1.798.656 icuin52.dll
    14-09-2014 03:28 1.304.064 icuuc52.dll
    07-03-2014 20:56 117.262 libgcc_s_dw2-1.dll
    07-03-2014 20:56 970.766 libstdc++-6.dll
    07-03-2014 20:56 48.640 libwinpthread-1.dll
    10-03-2015 13:52 1.449.613 mpreader.exe
    20-10-2014 08:55 77.428.646 Qt5Cored.dll
    11-09-2014 15:36 5.156.192 Qt5Sqld.dll<-----------------------

    I got the same error "not loaded" running prepare so I hope it solves yours too.

  • "qsqlited" and "Qt5Sqld" are only required when building in debug mode. That's what the "d" stands for. When building in release mode, you should use "qsqlite" and "Qt5Sql".

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    Yes, should be the -d version. thank you for catching. i used the folder to test standalone also even in debug builds.

    After reading OPs post more carefully , it seems the only difference is
    Qt5Sql.dll vs libsqlite3-0

  • @mrjj I'm running it from inside QT, the file is located here:

    So I created the folder

    and added qsqlite.dll (and d.dll), and added Qt5Sql.dll (and d.dll), error persists,.

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    Damn, so even it sounded the same, the fix was not. You seems to copy files to correct/same place.

    Well, then I think Leonardos suggestion is pretty good, try to use the deployment tool and see if
    copy some extra dlls.

  • @mrjj
    I moved all the files and used Release this time, instead of debug

    Running from C:\LottoNCA\LNCA\Release\release
    all needed .dlls are there (sqldrivers folder present as well)

    Error persists :c

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    if you
    qDebug() << QSqlDatabase::drivers();

    it does list sqlite?

  • @mrjj
    ("QSQLITE", "QMYSQL", "QMYSQL3", "QODBC", "QODBC3", "QPSQL", "QPSQL7") is what I see, but I guess it's because I'm running from inside Qt

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    @danks_ do you get same list from if you run it standalone ?
    I get only "QSQLITE" as expected.

  • @mrjj Weirdly, I do get the same list from standalone...

    I wasn't sure about how to get the list from standalone, since standalone doesn't show qDebug, so I did the following:

     QStringList testStr;
     testStr << QSqlDatabase::drivers();
     QString str = testStr.join("");
     str = testStr.join(",");
     QMessageBox boxQry;

    Standalone folder only has sqlite.dll inside of sqldrivers folder, I'm really confused now.

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    oh so it list all drivers even it should only see the lite one.
    That is not what I would expect.

    I also checked in release build and still only got QSQLITE.

    Also I wonder a bit about
    db.setDatabaseName (File Path); error as I use that call.

    db = QSqlDatabase::addDatabase ( "QSQLITE" );
        db.setDatabaseName ( DBPath );        
        if ( )  ...

    Also Im using qt 5.4 so I wonder if setDatabaseName was dropped.

  • @mrjj
    Maybe I should go to 5.4 and try my luck :)
    I guess I'll let you know, thanks a lot for your help!

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    Well, there is no reason it should not work in 5_5. but could be fun to test 5.4 just to see.
    tomorrow I will try 5_5 in virtual machine. I was planning to upgrade :)

    You are most welcome. Sadly we did not find a fix.

  • @mrjj It's all about learning, maybe someone will post a solution sometime :) if 5.4 gets it done, there's no real downside for me haha

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    Absolutely. Yeah if we are lucky someone will show us the light tomorrow :)
    I have this feeling it is something very simple.

  • @mrjj 5.4 worked flawlessly, maybe a bug to be reported? :p

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    That is good to hear !
    Could also been some kind of setup problem with 5_5 but yeah it does
    seems like a bug.

    I will try with 5_5 and see it it fails for me too.

    Tested win pure 5_5 install
    It worked by copying the DLLs ! ?
    Even worked with no sub sqldrivers folder ...!
    (in the release folder)

    But when moved out of the virtual machines
    it did want the sqldrivers folder to work.

    So the current version of 5.5 via the online installer does seems to work in regards to sql.?!