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How to create a word document from Oracle

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonDecember 27, 2015

Question: I want to create a Microsoft Word doc from data within an Oracle table.  How do I run SQL to extract Oracle rows and format them as a Word document?

Answer:  Inside MS Word there is a mail merge utility that can gather data extracted from Oracle via ODBC into a Word doc, but this cannot be scripted. 

Creating a Word doc from Oracle table rows

Within Oracle, you can generate a word doc from Oracle table data you must install and configure Oracle COM Automation Feature package which is included as part of Oracle installation.

The Oracle documentation has a Oracle COM MS-Word example for creating a Microsoft Word document containing the names of employees in the database.

This link shows a sample script to create an MS-Word document from Oracle table data.

Also, this page shows detailed steps for storing a Word doc in Oracle:

1 - Create a table to hold the MS-Word document:

CREATE TABLE
   my_docs
(

   name VARCHAR2(200) NOT NULL,
   doc  BLOB          NOT NULL
);


2) Create a directory object which stores all your Word docs:

CREATE OR REPLACE DIRECTORY documents AS 'C:\work';

3) Create a procedure to store the Word doc in Oracle:

CREATE OR REPLACE PROCEDURE load_file_to_my_docs (p_file_name IN my_docs.name%TYPE)
AS
v_bfile BFILE;
v_blob BLOB;
BEGIN
INSERT INTO my_docs (name, doc)
VALUES ( p_file_name, empty_blob())
RETURN doc INTO v_blob;
v_bfile := BFILENAME('documents', p_file_name);
Dbms_Lob.Fileopen(v_bfile, Dbms_Lob.File_Readonly);
Dbms_Lob.Loadfromfile(v_blob, v_bfile, Dbms_Lob.Getlength(v_bfile));
Dbms_Lob.Fileclose(v_bfile);
COMMIT;
END;/

4)Execute the above procedure to store the Word doc in Oracle:

 

 
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