I upgraded Sqlcipher for Android from 3.5.7 to 4.1.3 in my app.

For the existing database, which has been created with Sqlcipher 3, I need a custom migration as it is based on custom parameters, as also the option 3 of this article explains.

I'm getting this exception when I try to open the database.

net.sqlcipher.database.SQLiteException: file is not a database: , while compiling: select count(*) from sqlite_master;
    at net.sqlcipher.database.SQLiteCompiledSql.native_compile(Native Method)

This is my code:

        SQLiteDatabaseHook mHook = new SQLiteDatabaseHook() {
            public void preKey(SQLiteDatabase database) {
                database.rawExecSQL("PRAGMA kdf_iter=1000;");
                database.rawExecSQL("PRAGMA cipher_default_kdf_iter=1000;");
                database.rawExecSQL("PRAGMA cipher_page_size = 4096;");

            public void postKey(SQLiteDatabase database) {
                database.rawExecSQL("PRAGMA cipher_compatibility=3;");

        // this line generate the exception
        SQLiteDatabase database = SQLiteDatabase.openDatabase(oldDatabaseFile.getAbsolutePath(), password, null, SQLiteDatabase.OPEN_READWRITE, mHook);
        // migration code with ATTACH, sqlcipher_export etc... 

The file exists and the password is correct: The same piece of code works if I downgrade the Sqlcipher library. What I am doing wrong?

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