Me, I don't much care what it does in bash or zsh. Here is what I do: Third-Mini% sqlite3 SQLite version 3.28.0 2019-04-16 19:49:53 Enter ".help" for usage hints. Connected to a transient in-memory database. Use ".open FILENAME" to reopen on a persistent database. sqlite> select 'à', hex('à'); à|C3A0 sqlite> The à character created in the usual way with Alt-` followed by a.