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11g Release 2 (11.2)

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SQL*Plus Commands

SQL*Plus is a command-line tool that provides access to the Oracle RDBMS. SQL*Plus enables you to:

SQL*Plus is available on several platforms.

The commands shown in Table A-1 are SQL*Plus commands available in the command-line interface. Not all commands or command parameters are shown.

Table A-1 Basic SQL*Plus Commands

Database Operation SQL*Plus Command

Log in to SQL*Plus

          [{username[/password][@connect_identifier] | / }
          [AS {SYSOPER | SYSDBA | SYSASM}][edition=value]]
        | /NOLOG

List help topics available in SQL*Plus

HELP [ INDEX | topic ]

Execute host commands

HOST [ command ]

Show SQL*Plus system variables or environment settings

SHOW { ALL | ERRORS | USER | system_variable [, system_variable] ...}

Alter SQL*Plus system variables or environment settings

SET system_variable value

Start up a database

STARTUP [ PFILE = filename ]
  [ MOUNT [ dbname ] | NOMOUNT ] 

Connect to a database

CONNECT [{username[/password] [@connect_identifier] | /
         | proxy_user [ username ] [/password] [@connect_identifier]}
         [AS {SYSOPER | SYSDBA | SYSASM}] [edition=value]

Note: Brackets in boldface are part of the syntax and do not imply optionality.

List column definitions for a table, view, or synonym, or specifications for a function or procedure

DESCRIBE [ schema. ] object

Edit contents of the SQL buffer or a file

EDIT [ filename [ .ext ] ]

Get a file and load its contents into the SQL buffer

GET filename [ .ext ] [ LIST | NOLLIST ]

Save contents of the SQL buffer to a file

SAVE filename [ .ext ] [ CREATE | REPLACE | APPEND ]

List contents of the SQL buffer

LIST [ n | n m | n LAST ]

Delete contents of the SQL buffer

DEL [ n | n m | n LAST ]

Add new lines following current line in the SQL buffer

INPUT [ text ]

Append text to end of current line in the SQL buffer


Find and replace first occurrence of a text string in current line of the SQL buffer

CHANGE sepchar old [ sepchar [ new [ sepchar ] ] ]

sepchar can be any nonalphanumeric ASCII character such as "/" or "!"

Capture query results in a file and, optionally, send contents of file to default printer

SPOOL [ filename [ .ext ]  [ CREATE | REPLACE | APPEND | OFF | OUT ]

Run SQL*Plus statements stored in a file

@ { url | filename [ .ext ] } [ arg ... ]START { url | filename [ .ext ] } [ arg ... ]

ext can be omitted if the filename extension is .sql

Execute commands stored in the SQL buffer


List and execute commands stored in the SQL buffer


Execute a single PL/SQL statement or run a stored procedure

EXECUTE statement

Disconnect from a database


Shut down a database


Log out of SQL*Plus