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Node.JS sqlite3 with node.js not working


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I'm attempting to use sqlite3 with node.js, I'm on macOS. and I've tried everything imaginable to try and fix the problem but as soon as i try to run,
const sqlite3 = require('sqlite3').verbose;
const db = new sqlite3.Database('my_database.db');
it comes up with the error: Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read properties of undefined (reading '_handle').
node.js is in the correct version and I have got sqlite3 installed I even asked chatGBT for help and did everything it said to do still didn't work.
I need to be able to use SQL in this project.
Hm, that is weird. When I try your code

const sqlite3 = require('sqlite3').verbose;
const db = new sqlite3.Database('my_database.db');

it produces the error Uncaught TypeError: sqlite3.Database is not a constructor.
Which is strange, it should be ok according to this tutorial . Stumped for now... I'll give it some more thought tomorrow.
Meh... I had another go at this, in a different directory, and I am now getting yet another error :

Welcome to Node.js v18.12.1.
Type ".help" for more information.
> .load sql.js
const sqlite3 = require('sqlite3').verbose();
let db = new sqlite3.Database(':memory:');
Error: Cannot find module 'D:\node.js\node_modules\sqlite3\lib\binding\napi-v6-win32-unknown-x64\node_sqlite3.node'
Require stack:
- D:\node.js\node_modules\sqlite3\lib\sqlite3-binding.js
- D:\node.js\node_modules\sqlite3\lib\sqlite3.js
- <repl>
at Module._resolveFilename (node:internal/modules/cjs/loader:995:15)
at Module._load (node:internal/modules/cjs/loader:841:27)
at Module.require (node:internal/modules/cjs/loader:1061:19)
at require (node:internal/modules/cjs/helpers:103:18) {
requireStack: [
This is after completely reinstalling Node.js to the latest version, removing all packages and reinstalling sqlite3.
I could not find a clue to this error and unfortunately I'm now already fed up with this combination. If even the most basic first commands from an official tutorial don't work, and produce such cryptic errors, it's a no-no for me. Sorry I can't help 😳

EDIT - I also hate it that npm install sqlite3 dumps no less than 100 packages in my node_modules folder.... And they call that "lite" ???
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ig you missed the "()" small braces at the end , it should be like

const sqlite3 = require("sqlite3").verbose();
let db = new sqlite3.Database("my_database.db");
Thanks for correcting. I had already corrected that in my second reply, although I did not specifically point this out.
Anyway it doesn't seem the OP is still interested in this issue, seeing as he did not reply (but to be fair, my replies did not really help).

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