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Oracle Trigger naming standards

Oracle Database Tips by Donald Burleson

Database triggers are named using this convention:

table_name + trigger_type_extension

In this example, table_name is the name of the trigger's base table, and trigger_type_extension represents one of the four types of database triggers listed in Table D.4, plus one or more of the letters shown ibelow to indicate which DML statements cause the trigger to fire.

The four types of Oracle triggers.


Trigger Type



Before statement


Once, before the DML statement acting on the table.

Before row


Once for each row affected by the DML statement, before the DML statement is executed.

After row


Once for each row affected by the DML statement, after the DML statement is executed.

After statement


Once, after the DML statement has finished executing.


Modifications to trigger_type_extension to indicate DML statements handled by the trigger.


Trigger Type Extension

DML Statement


The trigger fires when a DELETE statement modifies the base table.


The trigger fires when an INSERT statement modifies the base table.


The trigger fires when an UPDATE statement modifies the base table.

Thus, a BEFORE INSERT or UPDATE row level trigger on the STUDENTS table would be named STUDENTS_BRIU.

If the length of the trigger name exceeds 30 characters when following this standard, abbreviate the name of the trigger's base table to create the name of the trigger. Under no circumstances should the trigger type extension be abbreviated.

This is an excerpt from "High Performance Oracle Database Automation", by Jonathan Ingram and Donald K. Burleson, Series Editor.


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