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Oracle SQLERRM tips

Oracle Database Tips by Donald Burleson

The Oracle SQLERRM function returns the error message associated with the most recently raised error exception. The Oracle SQLERRM function should only be used within the Exception Handling section of your PL/SQLcode:

The Oracle docs note the syntax for the Oracle SQLERRM function as follows:

sqlerrm_function ::=SQLERRM [(error_number)]

You can capture error codes caused when a SQL statement raises an exception by using the Oracle SQLERRM globally-defined variables Oracle SQLERRM can help track exceptions that are handled by the OTHERS clause of the exception handler.

Oracle SQLERRM returns the error message from the current error code as shown below.

Here is a working Oracle SQLERRM example:


A value greater than 100 will raise an exception using the same function from the previous example.  The exception handler caught the OTHERS clause and printed out the Oracle SQLERRM.  Once error code has been identified, you can programmatically handle the exception:

Oracle SQLERRM example 2:


The error message of an error code can be retrieved by passing it to the SQLERRM procedure as like below.


The error code -1403 is passed as an input to the SQLERRM procedure resulting in the appropriate error message as shown below,







ORA-01403: no data found




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