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Export to csv Tips

Oracle Database Tips by Donald Burleson

Question:  How do I take a table and export it into a csv test file?  I have several tables in several databases (SQL, Oracle) that I need to convert into csv files.  Is there an easy utility to export table data into csv format?

Answer:  There are several ways to export a table into a csv format:

1 - SQL Developer:  Oracle SQL Developer can quickly export to a csv file.

 2 - Vanilla SQL:  You can write standard SQL to export a comma-delimited flat file from SQL*Plus using the spool command:

set heading off

spool myfile.csv

   col1|','||col2 from my_tables;

set colsep ','

select * from my_table;

spool off;

3 - PL/SQL:  This approach has the benefit of allowing you to copy all Oracle tables in a schema into csv spreadsheet files.  First you create this procedure and then use the code below to dump all tables into a csv file.  This will export all files in a schema into a csv format.  Export all files in a schema into csv file Tips




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