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How to extract a jpg image from Oracle

Oracle Tips by Burleson Consulting
April 27,  2009

Question:  I have a table column that is used to store a jpg image.  How do I extract a jpg image file from inside an Oracle table?

Answer:  You can use Oracle BLOB data types to store photographs and images in jpg, gif, tif, eps, mov, mp3 or any other format that you desire, it does not matter to a large binary column.  However, you cannot use standard SQL to retrieve an image from an Oracle table, you need a PL/SQL procedure, like this one.

For more information on PL/SQL tips and tricks, I recommend Dr. Hall's book "PL/SQL Tuning Secrets", a great source of working PL/SQL code examples:

Retrieve a jpg photograph from Oracle:

t_blob BLOB;
t_len NUMBER;
t_file_name VARCHAR2(100);
t_output UTL_FILE.file_type;
t_TotalSize number;
t_position number := 1;
t_chucklen NUMBER := 4096;
t_chuck raw(4096);
t_remain number;
-- Get length of blob
SELECT DBMS_LOB.getlength (PHOTO), ename || '_1.jpg'
INTO t_TotalSize, t_file_name FROM DEMO WHERE ENAME ='moon';
t_remain := t_TotalSize;
-- The directory TEMPDIR should exist before executing
t_output := UTL_FILE.fopen ('TEMPDIR', t_file_name, 'wb', 32760);
-- Get BLOB
-- Retrieving BLOB
WHILE t_position < t_TotalSize
DBMS_LOB.READ (t_blob, t_chucklen, t_position, t_chuck);
UTL_FILE.put_raw (t_output, t_chuck);
UTL_FILE.fflush (t_output);
t_position := t_position + t_chucklen;
t_remain := t_remain - t_chucklen;
IF t_remain < 4096
t_chucklen := t_remain;




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