Sqlite is not working with ionic2, again


I’m trying to use sqlite in ionic2 app. I tried all the suggestions I can find with google and stackoverflow. Nothing works. It keeps throwing the error from this code, which is just copy-paste from http://ionicframework.com/docs/v2/native/sqlite/ page.

 openDB() {
            name: 'data.db',
            location: "default" // the location field is required
        }).then(() => {
            this.db.executeSql('create table danceMoves(name VARCHAR(32))', {}).then(() => {
            }, (err) => {
                console.error('Unable to execute sql: ', err);
        }, (err) => {
            console.error('Unable to open database: ', err);


the error is
"Unable to open database: ReferenceError: sqlitePlugin is not defined(…)"
coming from the last console.error.

if anyone has any success trying to use this plugin, please share. Thanks in advance.


and you installed the sqlite plugin?

ionic plugin add cordova-sqlite-storage


Yes. both with --save and without. I also checked that the library is actually installed in the node_modules. And the storage module works.

$ cordova plugin add cordova-sqlite-storage --save
$npm install --save @ionic/storage
import { Storage } from '@ionic/storage';

  declarations: [
    // ...
  imports: [
  bootstrap: [IonicApp],
  entryComponents: [
    // ...
  providers: [
export class AppModule {}
import { Storage } from '@ionic/storage';

export class MyApp {
  constructor(storage: Storage) {
     storage.set('name', 'Max');
     storage.get('name').then((val) => {
       console.log('Your name is', val);

This module is using the exact same plugin. And it works. But when I tried to follow the doc on SQlite( http://ionicframework.com/docs/v2/native/sqlite/ ). It keeps saying cannot find plugin.

And btw I tried both with IOS emulator and browser. Both platforms fail to open database. It’s a raw app. I just generated it to test sqlite only. There isn’t anything else in the app to conflict with that.


Are you opening database after deviceready are fired?


I’m using angular2. I don’t think “deviceready” is the way the framework works in angular 2. However, I do have

export class MyApp {
    @ViewChild(Nav) nav: Nav;

    // make HelloIonicPage the root (or first) page
    rootPage: any = HelloIonicPage;
    pages: Array<{ title: string, component: any }>;

    sqlInitialized:Boolean = false;

        public platform: Platform,
        public menu: MenuController,
        public db: SqLiteService,
    ) {

        // set our app's pages
        this.pages = [
            { title: 'Hello Ionic', component: HelloIonicPage },
            { title: 'My First List', component: ListPage }

    initializeApp() {
        this.platform.ready().then(() => {

            // Okay, so the platform is ready and our plugins are available.
            // Here you can do any higher level native things you might need.

I called the method after “platform.ready()”. You can see the comments by Ionic core team saying that all plugins will be available there. And to be 100% sure. I also tried setTimout up to 10 second before firing the method call.


I think it works in IOS emulator after all. Finally find a way to test it.