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APEX export command-line utility

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Oracle has an unsupported APEX export utility that can be downloaded to support a command-line interface to backup HTML-SB screens via batch export procedures in PL/SQL:

The readme file notes the export utility command invocation with arguments for specify a specific export application and/or a specific export page (APEX screen).  You can also specify an export file destination name.  From the readme.txt file we see:

"sage HTMLDBExport -db -user -password -applicationid -workspaceid -instance -skipExportDate -debug

-db: Database connect url in JDBC format

-user: Username for flows_XXXXXX user

-password : Password for flows_XXXXXX user

-applicationid : ID for application to be exported

-pageid : page ID within application to be exported (only when exporting 1 application)

-filename : output filename (only when exporting 1 application or page)

-workspaceid : Workspace ID for which all applications to be exported

-instance : Export all applications

-skipExportDate : Exclude export date from application export files

Application APEX export example:

HTMLDBExport -db -user flows_010600 -password htmldb -applicationid 31500

Workspace APEX export example:

HTMLDBExport -db -user flows_010600 -password htmldb -workspaceid 9999

Instance APEX export example:

HTMLDBExport -db -user flows_010600 -password htmldb -instance"


When keeping generations of APEX exports you can use PL/SQL to generate the -filename parameter and dynamically build the export command, using sysdate in the file name, something like this:

:my_filename := to_char(sysdate,'')||:pagename||.txt

When using this APEX command-line export utility within PL/SQL you can schedule it to execute via dbms_scheduler for an automated backup routine, naming the file with SYSDATE. 

This way, we have a generation data group (like a mainframe GDG) and we can select and re-import specific APEX applications and screens at-will.  This approach will also give a running-audit of application  and screen changes by day.

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