SQLite Forensics Training

Our 5-day SQLite Forensics course combines both our 3-day fundamentals and 2- day advanced SQLite Forensics courses.


Why SQLite Forensics?

Both Google’s Android OS and Apple’s iOS are the dominant forces in today’s cellphone market – with the market share split fairly evenly between the two companies. While these two companies are rivals, with vastly different file systems, they do share one commonality; both use SQLite as a storage container for user data. “SQLite is an in-process library that implements a self-contained, serverless, zero-configuration, transactional SQL database engine.”

Mobile Forensic Analysts can easily leverage this commonality by learning the skills required to perform low-level analysis and recovery on SQLite databases. Once learned and mastered, examiners, can then support nearly 99% of the device data they will come across in most of their mobile device examinations.

To illustrate the vast amount of work to be done, as of January 2015, the Google Play Store reported 1.43 Million Applications being available in its Google Play Store[2]. At the same time, Apple’s iTunes Store reported over 1.4 Million apps currently being available for download. That’s a total of over 2.8 MILLION apps. Even the most popular mobile forensic tool only supports parsing of 200 different applications. This support accounts for a miniscule %001 of the total apps and leaves a 99.999% gap!


  • Navigating and executing programs at the Command Line (Unix or DOS) is required.
  • Beginner programming/scripting experience is helpful (but not required).

This class is open to active and retired Law Enforcement only.

Due to the sensitive nature of our curriculum, and industry, all potential students are subject to vetting prior to enrollment. We reserve the right to refuse registration to any person that does not meet our established criteria.

Course Giveaway

FREE! Students attending our SQLite Training will receive:

  • A full version of Sanderson Forensics SQLite Forensic Toolkit software ($595 USD value.)
  • USB flash drive (or in the case of online students – a link to a drive image) with SQLite Library full of useful scripts used in class, all course exercises/materials/software and hundreds of pages of SQLite documentation

Laptop Requirements

We prefer students bring their own laptops whenever possible. If this is not possible, Teel Tech Canada will provide one for you. If you are unable to bring your own laptop, please indicate so on the registration page.

For students bringing a laptop to class, please ensure they meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8.x and 10.x using these instructions (turn off driver sig enforcement)
  • macOS with Bootcamp Windows 7
  • macOS with Bootcamp Windows 8.x and Win 10.x using these instructions
  • macOS alone will not work (No Virtual Machines)
  • 8GB RAM (minimum)
  • 100GB storage (minimum)
  • You must have Admin rights or have the admin password for software installation.
  • NOTE: ALL Windows updates should be done prior to class.

Course Itinerary

SQLite Fundamentals -Days 1-3

  • How SQLite works at the byte-level
  • What are the different types of SQLite data components?
  • What are the 5 common locations to recover SQLite data?
  • How to perform report data validation.
  • How o Reverse Engineer ANY SQLite database.
  • Converting and identifying virtually any date format easily.
  • Display BLOB data within the forensic tool.
  • How to use a tool designed from the ground-up as a forensic tool.
  • How to recover data from .SHM, .WAL and .journal files.
  • How to generate reports quickly from any SQLite database to include externally linked images.

Advanced SQLite Forensics - Days 4 & 5

  • SQLite Record Recovery (Incomplete and Orphaned Records)
  • Manual Parsing of: Write-Ahead Logs and Journal Files
  • Advanced Data Recovery Scenarios
  • Manual SQLite Data Recovery
  • SQLite Payload Examination/SQLite Data Construct Parsing
  • Using simulations to perform data testing/verification/decryption
  • SQLite Encryption
  • Advance Scenario Exam