Android P – ‘SQLite: No Such Table Error’ after copying database from assets

I have a database saved in my apps assets folder and I copy the database using the below code when the app first opens.

inputStream = mContext.getAssets().open(Utils.getDatabaseName());

        if(inputStream != null) {

            int mFileLength = inputStream.available();

            String filePath = mContext.getDatabasePath(Utils.getDatabaseName()).getAbsolutePath();

            // Save the downloaded file
            output = new FileOutputStream(filePath);

            byte data[] = new byte[1024];
            long total = 0;
            int count;
            while ((count = != -1) {
                total += count;
                if(mFileLength != -1) {
                    // Publish the progress
                    publishProgress((int) (total * 100 / mFileLength));
                output.write(data, 0, count);
            return true;

The above code runs without problem but when you try to query the database you get an SQLite: No such table exception.

This issue only occurs in Android P, all earlier versions of Android work correctly.

Is this a known issue with Android P or has something changed?


This issue seems to lead to a crash much more often on Android P than on previous versions, but it’s not a bug on Android P itself.

The problem is that your line where you assign the value to your String filePath opens a connection to the database that remains open when you copy the file from assets.

To fix the problem, replace the line

String filePath = mContext.getDatabasePath(Utils.getDatabaseName()).getAbsolutePath();

with code to get the file path value and then close the database:

MySQLiteOpenHelper helper = new MySQLiteOpenHelper();
SQLiteDatabase database = helper.getReadableDatabase();
String filePath = database.getPath();

And also add an inner helper class:

class MySQLiteOpenHelper extends SQLiteOpenHelper {

    MySQLiteOpenHelper(Context context, String databaseName) {
        super(context, databaseName, null, 2);

    public void onCreate(SQLiteDatabase db) {

    public void onUpgrade(SQLiteDatabase db, int oldVersion, int newVersion) {

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