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Download & Install SQL*Loader and Data Pump in 3 Steps

Christopher Jones
Senior Principal Product Manager

Oracle Database 12c iconThis is a guest post by Jim Stenoish, Senior Director of Software Development, whose products include all tools used for the high speed movement, transformation, and loading of data and metadata for Oracle Database.

Oracle Instant Client now includes SQL*Loader as well as the Data Pump command line utilities expdp and impdp, and the traditional Export/Import utilities exp and imp.  Download Instant Client from here.  No login or click-through is needed. Simply download, unzip, and set your system library search path (e.g. PATH on Windows or LD_LIBRARY_PATH on Linux) - just 3 steps.

Previously, these tools were only available with a 'full' client installation, or in a database installation. Being in Instant Client allows users to access these tools with a smaller footprint on disk and with a much quicker 'unzip' install than for a full client. The OTN license is also more convenient for many users. 

Now these tools are part of Instant Client, it's easy to load data from a file on a system the doesn't already have Oracle software installed.

Installing the Tools

You can install the tools by unzipping the Oracle Instant Client 'Basic' (or 'Basic Light') package and the 'Tools' package to the same location. See the Instant Client home page for links to download for each platform.

Follow the platform-specific instructions given on the download page. For example, on Linux set LD_LIBRARY_PATH and PATH to the Instant Client directory. On Windows set PATH to the Instant Client directory and also install the correct Microsoft Visual Studio Redistributable, as noted in the Instant Client instructions.

Using the Tools

SQL*Loader allows you to load data from files, such as comma-separated value files (CSV), into the tables.

The expdp and impdp utility allows you to move metadata and data between Oracle databases. The expdp utility unload metadata and data from the database into Data Pump files on the database server. The impdp utility recreates metadata defined in a Data Pump file and loads table data stored in the files on the database server. It also provides a way to extract metadata and data over a DB Link (no files involved) from one database to another database.

Documentation and examples for the tools are in the Database Utilities manual.

If you have questions about SQL*Loader or Data Pump you can ask them on OTN.

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Comments ( 8 )
  • Mike Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    You should make the software backwards compatible or do the same with older clients too. This is just what I was looking for but is completely useless with my databases since you haven't added expdp to the instant client also
  • Christopher Jones Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    If you check Support Note 207303.1, you can see that there is cross-version interoperability of Oracle client & database server versions.
  • Christopher Jones Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    Here's a convenient link with the main content visible to all: https://blogs.oracle.com/upgrade/client-certification-for-oracle-database-1210212201
  • John Nguyen Thursday, June 14, 2018
    I agree with Mike, this is completely useless if your server version is anything less than 12.2. Why not make this tool backward compatible?
  • Christopher Jones Friday, June 15, 2018
    I will pass on your comments to Jim.

    Generally new features are introduced in new releases.
  • Michael Sakayeda Monday, June 18, 2018

    Can you provide specifics for the issue seen when using SQL*Loader Instant Client to a lower server version?

    Is it a connection issue? Does SQL*Loader issue an error?
  • Gerrit Haase Monday, October 7, 2019
    I agree with John, and Mike.
  • Jim Stenoish Wednesday, October 30, 2019
    Currently, the data pump clients for one version do not work with database servers from earlier versions. That is something we hope to fix in a future release.
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