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How to export between releases of Oracle

Oracle Database Tips by Burleson Consulting

April 7, 2015

Question:  I am trying to take a 10g export file and import it into Oracle 11g.
How do I use the Oracle11g Data Pump impdp import with a dmp file that was created from Oracle 10g?
Answer:  While there is never a guarantee that an later release expdp dmp file will import into an earlier release of Oracle (this is called "forward compatibility", impossible because Oracle can never know about future enhancements) and are indeed cases where you can export from a later release of Oracle and import into an earlier release.

For full secrets and tips for exporting and importing between releases, see the book Advanced Oracle Utilities: The Definitive Reference.

In some cases an older export is indeed backward compatible to a newer release:

- Export with exp and import using the impdp Data Pump Utility (exp from 8i and 9i to 10g and 11g).
- Using the version parameter in Data Pump. 

Export/Import between different releases of Oracle

Oracle Data Pump was first released in Oracle 10g (expdp and impdp).  Priot to Data Pump, Oracle used the "exp" and "imp" utilities.

In your case, both the export (expdp) and import (impdp) are with Data Pump and you can use the version [parameter to export from a later release of Oracle an import that dump file into an earlier release of Oracle.

You can import your 11g expdp dump file into Oracle 10g if you make sure you use "VERSION=10.2" parameter during export.

Here is a working example of using the expdp version parameter to make a dump file acceptable to an earlier release of Oracle:

Export using the expdp version parameter:

C:\Users\Steve>expdp hr/hr TABLES=hr.employees2 VERSION=10.2 DIRECTORY=data_pump_dir DUMPFILE=emp2.dmp LOGFILE=emp2.log

Export: Release - Production on Tue Sep 7 09:10:51 2015

Copyright (c) 1982, 2015, Oracle and/or its affiliates.  All rights reserved.

Connected to: Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release - Production

With the Partitioning, OLAP, Data Mining and Real Application Testing options

Starting "HR"."SYS_EXPORT_TABLE_01":  hr/******** TABLES=hr.employees2 VERSION=10.2 DIRECTORY=data_p
ump_dir DUMPFILE=emp2.dmp LOGFILE=emp2.log

Estimate in progress using BLOCKS method...

Processing object type TABLE_EXPORT/TABLE/TABLE_DATA
Total estimation using BLOCKS method: 64 KB

Processing object type TABLE_EXPORT/TABLE/TABLE

. . exported "HR"."EMPLOYEES2"                           16.12 KB     107 rows

Master table "HR"."SYS_EXPORT_TABLE_01" successfully loaded/unloaded


Dump file set for HR.SYS_EXPORT_TABLE_01 is:


Job "HR"."SYS_EXPORT_TABLE_01" successfully completed at 09:11:01

Import into earlier release of Oracle:

Here we copied the dmp file from the 11g directory to the 10g dump file location and execute expdp on the 10g instance:

------------------------------ ----------------------------------------
DATA_PUMP_DIR                  C:\oraclexe\app\oracle\admin\XE\dpdump\
ORACLECLRDIR                   C:\oraclexe\app\oracle\product\10.2.0\se

SQL> grant read, write on directory data_pump_dir to hr;

Grant succeeded.

SQL> exit

Disconnected from Oracle Database 10g Express Edition Release - Production

C:\Users\Steve>impdp hr/hr TABLES=hr.employees2 DIRECTORY=data_pump_dir DUMPFILE=emp2.dmp LOGFILE=emp2_imp.log

Import: Release - Production on Tuesday, 07 September, 2015 9:25:53

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Connected to: Oracle Database 10g Express Edition Release - Production

Master table "HR"."SYS_IMPORT_TABLE_01" successfully loaded/unloaded

Starting "HR"."SYS_IMPORT_TABLE_01":  hr/******** TABLES=hr.employees2 DIRECTORY=data_pump_dir DUMPFILE=emp2.dmp LOGFILE=emp2_imp.log

Processing object type TABLE_EXPORT/TABLE/TABLE
Processing object type TABLE_EXPORT/TABLE/TABLE_DATA

. . imported "HR"."EMPLOYEES2"                           16.12 KB     107 rows

Job "HR"."SYS_IMPORT_TABLE_01" successfully completed at 09:26:05

C:\Users\Steve>sqlplus hr/hr

SQL*Plus: Release - Production on Tue Sep 7 09:26:37 2015

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Connected to:

Oracle Database 10g Express Edition Release - Production

SQL> select count(*) from employees2;


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