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Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonFebruary 25, 2015

Question:  How do I export specific tables in export (expdp)?  I only want to export one table.  How do I exclude specific tables?

Answer:  The expdp  include parameter allows you to specify a list if tables that you want to export.  Here is an example of using expdp to include the CUSTOMER and ORDOR table, used in a parfile:
expdp scott/tiger parfile=mypar.par

root> cat mypar.par


In this example, we include stored procedure names that begin with CUST:

expdp scott/tiger parfile=mypar.par

root> cat mypar.par


The "include" argument for expdp supports a LIKE parameter where you can export all tables that share a common name string.  This will export all table names that begin with FOO or BAR:

$ expdp scott/tiger include=table:">='BAR'",table:"not between 'BAS' and 'FONZZZZZZZZZZZZZ'",table:"<'FOP'"

In this example, the expdp include parameter

expdp scott/tiger parfile=mypar.par

root> cat mypar.par


If the expdp include parameter is used directly from the command line (and  not in a parameter file (parfile)), the special characters (single and double quotes) in the include clause may need to be escaped with  backslash "\" character. Because of this, it is recommended that you always use a parameter file.

Windows: (escape double quotes)

c:>  expdp scott/tiger include=TABLE:"IN (\'CUSTOMER\', \'ORDOR\')"

UNIX/Linux: (escape all quotes)

root>  expdp scott/tiger include=TABLE:\"IN (\'CUSTOMER\', \'ORDOR\')\"

Oracle Data Pump also supports an EXCLUDE parameter. 

For example, you could set EXCLUDE=INDEX:"LIKE 'EMP%'" to exclude all tables whose names start with the string emp%:

$ expdp hr/hr EXCLUDE=TABLE:\"LIKE \'EMP%\'\" DUMPFILE=dpump_dir1:exp.dmp

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