Oracle 11g – SQL*Plus Command Line Options

Had a small typo and ended up with the command line options for Oracle 11g SQL*Plus.

Always handy to know…

C:\] sqlplus -H

SQL*Plus: Release - Beta on Thu Jun 28 14:44:32 2007

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SQL*Plus: Release - Beta

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Use SQL*Plus to execute SQL, PL/SQL and SQL*Plus statements.

Usage 1: sqlplus -H | -V

    -H             Displays the SQL*Plus version and the
                   usage help.
    -V             Displays the SQL*Plus version.

Usage 2: sqlplus [ [[option]] [[logon]] [[start]] ]

  [option] is: [-C [version]] [-L] [-M "[options]"] [-R [level]] [-S]

    -C [version]   Sets the compatibility of affected commands to the
                   version specified by [version].  The version has
                   the form "x.y[.z]".  For example, -C 10.2.0
    -F             Enables the failover mode for a RAC environment.
    -L             Attempts to log on just once, instead of
                   reprompting on error.
    -M "[options]" Sets automatic HTML markup of output.  The options
                   have the form:
                   HTML [ON|OFF] [HEAD text] [BODY text] [TABLE text]
                   [ENTMAP {ON|OFF}] [SPOOL {ON|OFF}] [PRE[FORMAT] 
    -R [level]     Sets restricted mode to disable SQL*Plus commands
                   that interact with the file system.  The level can
                   be 1, 2 or 3.  The most restrictive is -R 3 which
                   disables all user commands interacting with the
                   file system.
    -S             Sets silent mode which suppresses the display of
                   the SQL*Plus banner, prompts, and echoing of

  [logon] is: ([username][/[password]][@[connect_identifier]] | /)
              [AS SYSDBA | AS SYSOPER | AS SYSASM] | /NOLOG | 

    Specifies the database account username, password and connect
    identifier for the database connection.  Without a connect
    identifier, SQL*Plus connects to the default database.

    The AS SYSDBA, AS SYSOPER and AS SYSASM  options are database
    administration privileges.

    [connect_identifier] can be in the form of Net Service Name
    or Easy Connect.

      @[[net_service_name] | [//]Host[:Port]/[service_name]]

        [net_service_name] is a simple name for a service that 
        resolves to a connect descriptor.

        Example: Connect to database using Net Service Name and the
                 database net service name is ORCL.

           sqlplus myusername/mypassword@ORCL

        Host specifies the host name or IP address of the database
        server computer.

        Port specifies the listening port on the database server.

        [service_name] specifies the service name of the database you
        want to access.

        Example: Connect to database using Easy Connect and the
                 Service name is ORCL.

           sqlplus myusername/mypassword@Host/ORCL

    The /NOLOG option starts SQL*Plus without connecting to a

    The EDITION specifies the value for Application

  [start] is: @[URL]|[filename][.[ext]] [[parameter] ...]

    Runs the specified SQL*Plus script from a web server (URL) or the
    local file system (filename.ext) with specified parameters that
    will be assigned to substitution variables in the script.

When SQL*Plus starts, and after CONNECT commands, the site profile
(e.g. $ORACLE_HOME/sqlplus/admin/glogin.sql) and the user profile
(e.g. login.sql in the working directory) are run.  The files may
contain SQL*Plus commands.

Refer to the SQL*Plus User's Guide and Reference for more information



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  1. parag
    June 26

    it’s ok
    but when i enter username only and enter
    it display password now i enter password and press enter. it display scott account is locked.

    in another case specially in connection with it show tsn could not resolve connect identifier.

  2. hilmi
    July 6

    who sintax, connect oracle11g connect in php?

  3. ravi
    November 22

    when i use user name and pass word ass scott and tiger

    error: account is locked
    is there any solution for this

    • November 26

      Eh…? I guess you have found the solution by now. aka. alter user …. account unlock.

    • Dileep
      February 18

      It works when u work as sysdba try this

      sqlplus / as sysdba

      alter user scott identified by tiger account unlock;

  4. star
    January 17

    How do I view output in sqlplus 11g.

    • January 18

      You can do this for example via the SPOOL command, which spools your output to file or via TERM(inal) on/of commands or by setting a different editor tot make your SQLPlus client. If you use SHOW ALL in SQL*Plus, you will get an overview of all primary command statements.

      If you created a file output on disk via the SPOOL command, you can use, for example, “HOST CAT /tmp/myoutput.lis” or equivalent to see the generated output in SQL*Plus on Linux or UNIX (Windows would be something like “HOST type c:\temp\myoutput.lis”)

  5. Dileep
    February 18

    U can try the below command

    set serveroutput on;

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