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Compatibility Matrix for Export And Import Between Different Oracle Versions [Video] (Doc ID 132904.1)

Last updated on JUNE 09, 2023

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version to [Release 7.3.2 to 12.2]
Oracle Database Cloud Schema Service - Version N/A and later
Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Machine - Version N/A and later
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Database Service - Version N/A and later
Oracle Database Cloud Exadata Service - Version N/A and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


This article describes several issues related with the compatibility of the different versions of the Oracle Export and Import utilities.


The article is intended for users of the Oracle7, Oracle8, Oracle8i, Oracle9i, Oracle10g, Oracle11g and Oracle12c databases who wish to use the EXPORT and IMPORT utilities to export data from an Oracle database release x and import this data into an Oracle database release y. The article gives information which version of the utility to use when performing the export and import, and how to prepare the Oracle data dictionary before exporting the data.
For compatibility rules for the enhanced utilities Export Data Pump (expdp) and Import Data Pump (impdp) which were introduced in Oracle10g, see:
<Note:553337.1> "Export/Import DataPump Parameter VERSION - Compatibility of Data Pump Between Different Oracle Versions"
For the transportable tablespaces export/import, see:
<Note:291024.1> "Compatibility and New Features when Transporting Tablespaces with Export and Import"
In the text below, the following terminology is used:


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In this Document
 1. Summary
 2. Introduction
 3. Data Dictionary Views
 4. Database Migration with a full database export/import
 5. Basic Compatibility
 6. Limitations
 7. Examples
 8. Possible error messages
 9. Remarks
 Additional Resources

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