Getting SQLite to work in Windows Phone 8 apps

Here’s yet another issue that took some time to figure out, so I’m writing it down!

If you create a Windows Phone 8 project in Visual Studio and want to use SQLite, it was not at all obvious what libraries, downloads, SDK’s, or nuget packages I need. In fact, you can safely conclude that the entire SQLite project is one of the most unorganized messes in the IT Industry!! Ok, maybe not that extreme – but it is a MESS!

So, I’ve been using the SQLite.NET-PCL stuff found here on Git: (and the NuGet packages are here:

There is a NuGet package for every Xamarin platform, AND you can have most of your code in a PCL. That’s great!

Well, Windows Store apps worked easy enough, but when I tried using this with Windows Phone, I got an error. In fact, I opened an issue on GitHub with all of the details:

WP8: The specified module could not be found

What was the answer? Well, in short, you have to add the SQLite library from this screen in Add References:


so under the Windows Phone section, THEN Extensions. If you do that, and are using the following NuGet packages:

  <package id="SQLite.Net.Platform.WindowsPhone8" version="2.3.0" targetFramework="wp80" />
  <package id="SQLite.Net-PCL" version="2.3.0" targetFramework="wp80" />
  <package id="sqlite-net-wp8" version="3.8.5" targetFramework="wp80" />

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I believe that’s all you need. This is what fixed that:

“The specified module could not be found. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x8007007E)”

Error message I was getting.

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