Fix Python – OperationalError: database is locked


Asked By – dana

I have made some repetitive operations in my application (testing it), and suddenly I’m getting a weird error:

OperationalError: database is locked

I’ve restarted the server, but the error persists. What can it be all about?

Now we will see solution for issue: OperationalError: database is locked


From django doc:

SQLite is meant to be a lightweight
database, and thus can’t support a
high level of concurrency.
OperationalError: database is locked
errors indicate that your application
is experiencing more concurrency than
sqlite can handle in default
configuration. This error means that
one thread or process has an exclusive
lock on the database connection and
another thread timed out waiting for
the lock the be released.

Python’s SQLite wrapper has a default
timeout value that determines how long
the second thread is allowed to wait
on the lock before it times out and
raises the OperationalError: database
is locked error.

If you’re getting this error, you can
solve it by:

  • Switching to another database backend. At a certain point SQLite becomes too “lite” for real-world applications, and these sorts of concurrency errors indicate you’ve reached that point.
  • Rewriting your code to reduce concurrency and ensure that database transactions are short-lived.
  • Increase the default timeout value by setting the timeout database option

This question is answered By – patrick

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