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android – What will a SQLiteCursor do if a column is null?

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


I want to get an integer from a Cursor returned from a SQLite query, but I know the integer may be null. Unfortunately I can’t find any Cursor method allowing me to check this.

The code will be

mModifiedDate = cursor.getInt(cursor.getColumnIndex(MODIFIED_DATE));

I would expect a possible null value, and this is in fact desirable for various reasons—the field refers to the time a second table was modified, and the first table can be populated before the second one is. Unfortunately, the documentation for Cursor says that whether an exception is thrown, or an error value is returned, or other behaviour, is left up to the implementation, and the SQLiteCursor documentation doesn’t say ANYTHING.

What will this code do if the field is null? Is there a way to check this before calling getInt()?

How to&Answers:

there is an isNull()-method, just use if beforehand to detect null-values. Remember: It is quite common for methods that return a boolean to be named isX() instead of getX(), it can be the source of some confusion 🙂


From my experience, it returns 0. If 0 isn’t a possible answer, then you can just check for 0. If it is a possible answer, then you need to do as pgsandstrom suggested.