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SQL*Loader with tab delimited data

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonOctober 6, 2015

Question:  I want to use sqlldr (the SQL:*Loader) utility to load a tab delimited file.  How do I specify a tab delimiter in SQL Loader control files?

Answer: Oracle SQL*Loader allows you to specify several variations of the tab character in the control files syntax.  There are several ways to load table delimited data into Oracle.

In the control file, you can specify a tab as a backslash t, one way to describe the tab character:

fields terminated by '\t'

Any character can be used as a delimiter and you can specify it's hex representation in the SQL*Loader control file.  The hexadecimal 09 represents the tab character:

fields terminated by x'09'

To see working examples of sqlldr control file delimiters, check out the code download in the new book "Advanced Oracle Utilities", highly recommended to learning SQL*Loader syntax.

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