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Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonMarch 12, 2015

Question:  How do I export a view in Oracle?  I tried using exp, but I could only export the base tables for the view and I had to use dbms_metadata.get_ddl for the view definition.  Is there a way to directly export a view?

Answer:  You cannot export view directly with the older exp utility.  On releases that support Data Pump (expdp) you can export views only as part of a schema-level export, using with the following syntax:

expdp scott/tiger  . . . schema=my_schema include=views

You must then filter out the view upon import. See my notes on how to import a view.

Another approach is to use SQL*Plus to export the view columns in comma delimited format:

spool export_view.txt


spool off

Yet another approach to export a view is to create a table from the view using CTAS and then export the table:

create table my_table as select * from my_view;

exp scott/tiger tables=(my_table) . . .

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