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These methods are deprecated, please consult the documentation of the individual backends for the construction of driver instances.

dbDriver() is a helper method used to create an new driver object given the name of a database or the corresponding R package. It works through convention: all DBI-extending packages should provide an exported object with the same name as the package. dbDriver() just looks for this object in the right places: if you know what database you are connecting to, you should call the function directly.

dbUnloadDriver() is not implemented for modern backends.


dbDriver(drvName, ...)

dbUnloadDriver(drv, ...)



character name of the driver to instantiate.


any other arguments are passed to the driver drvName.


an object that inherits from DBIDriver as created by dbDriver.


In the case of dbDriver, an driver object whose class extends DBIDriver. This object may be used to create connections to the actual DBMS engine.

In the case of dbUnloadDriver, a logical indicating whether the operation succeeded or not.


The client part of the database communication is initialized (typically dynamically loading C code, etc.) but note that connecting to the database engine itself needs to be done through calls to dbConnect.


# Create a RSQLite driver with a string
d <- dbDriver("SQLite")
#> <SQLiteDriver>

# But better, access the object directly
#> <SQLiteDriver>