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Create HTML Output from SQL*Plus

Oracle Tips by Burleson Consulting
Don Burleson

In Oracle there is a super-easy way to make your output display in HTML format.

This is a great tool for web-based ad-hoc query tools and you can collect input from the end-users, spool a query to SQL*Plus and then return the data as an HTML page.

For example, let's assume that your Web Form does an employee report of employee name and salary and you want to return the output as an HTML file, ready to include in the returning HTML response.

set termout off
set pages 999

SET MARKUP HTML ON TABLE "class=emp cellspacing=0" ENTMAP OFF

col emp_name format a30 heading "<p class=left>Emp Name</p>"
col salary   format $999,999 heading "<p class=left>Salary</p>"

spool my_html.htm

   emp e;

spool off;


This will spool the HTML to the my_html.htm file, ready for you to return to the client.

For working 10g scripts, I got Mike Ault?s latest book ?Oracle10g New Features?. You can buy it directly from the publisher (30% off) and get immediate downloads of Mike?s working Oracle10g scripts: 



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