Using brew

Super simple:

brew options sqlcipher

brew install sqlcipher --with-fts

which sqlcipher

If you needed to change options manually you could edit /usr/local/Library/Formula/sqlcipher.rb.

node.js sqlite3

export LDFLAGS="-L`brew --prefix`/opt/sqlcipher/lib"
export CPPFLAGS="-I`brew --prefix`/opt/sqlcipher/include"
npm install sqlite3 --build-from-source --sqlite_libname=sqlcipher --sqlite=`brew --prefix`

Using git

Still pretty straightforward.

# clone the repo
git clone
pushd sqlcipher

# check if there are any interesting options
./configure --help

# CFLAGS will turn on encryption, default temp_store to memory,
# (file usage optional), enable full-text search, link to libcrypto

# just to be sure everything is in the initial state
make clean

# use as many CPUs as exist
# (you could also use 'sysctl -n hw.physicalcpu', which would not include 'logical' cores)
time make -j $(sysctl -n hw.ncpu)

It's a pretty quick compile

real  0m6.988s
user  0m5.786s
sys 0m1.537s

And finish up

sudo make install

which sqlcipher

node.js sqlite3

You'll probably need to use io.js. I definitely wouldn't expect this to work with node <= 0.12.

export LDFLAGS="-L/usr/local/lib"
export CPPFLAGS="-I/usr/local/include -I/usr/local/include/sqlcipher"
export CXXFLAGS="-I/usr/local/include -I/usr/local/include/sqlcipher"

npm install sqlite3 --build-from-source --sqlite_libname=sqlcipher --sqlite=/usr/local --verbose


For instructions on RPi or Linux, see Building SQLCipher for RPi 2.


There are test files at Building SQLCipher for node.js for both standalone sqlcipher and the node sqlcipher.

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