My Oracle Support Banner

SQL*Loader And NLS (Doc ID 257909.1)

Last updated on FEBRUARY 11, 2020

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version and later
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.

NOTE: In the images and/or the document content below, the user information and data used represents fictitious data .Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental and not intended in any manner.


This note describes known issues with Sql*Loader and NLS setting and how to solve these.


This document is useful for database administrators and operators who are using SQL*Loader to load data into the Oracle database.

Most problems with SQL*Loader and date values are due to an incorrect setting of the  NLS session parameters NLS_DATE_FORMAT and NLS_LANG. 


To view full details, sign in with your My Oracle Support account.

Don't have a My Oracle Support account? Click to get started!

My Oracle Support provides customers with access to over a million knowledge articles and a vibrant support community of peers and Oracle experts.