Oracle by Example brandingUsing SQL Developer Drag and Drop Utility to Load Data into an Oracle Exadata Express Cloud Service

section 0Before You Begin

This tutorial shows how to load data into Exadata Express Cloud Service database instance using Oracle SQL Developer's Drag and Drop option. This tutorial takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

This is the third tutorial in Using SQL Developer to Load Data into your Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service. Read the tutorials in any order.


The Oracle SQL Developer's Drag and Drop option enables you to drag and drop database objects into your Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service from an on-premise connection or any other cloud connections. Drag and Drop option is perfect for ad-hoc, on-the-fly operations. For example, you can just select a table or view in the connections tree, and drag it over when you need to set up a table or view quickly.

What Do You Need?

  • Oracle SQL Developer installed in your system
  • Connection to Oracle Database, which is the data source
  • Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service account
  • Connection to Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service instance, which is the target

section 1Use Drag and Drop for Loading Data

To drag and drop a database object from another connection into your Exadata Express, you will perform the following tasks:

  1. Select one or more database objects in the source connection from Oracle SQL Developer.
    Database Object
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  2. Drag and drop it to the destination location in the Connections tree of your Exadata Express service. You can also drag an entire node, such as 'tables', and it will drag all the tables and their related objects, such as triggers, indexes, and constraints, to your destination database. The Copy To Oracle dialog box opens. 
  3. Choose Copy DDL or Copy Data, or both. Under each of these categories, you can choose a suitable action depending on whether the database object already exists in your Exadata Express service.
    Drag and Drop Option
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  4. Click OK. The Copying dialog displays. All the database objects specified in the Database Copy Wizard are copied to your Exadata Express connection in Oracle SQL Developer.
    Copying Dialog Screen
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  5. Browse the Connections tree to verify if the selected database objects are copied in your Exadata Express connection. You can also look at the Database Copy report which is provided at the end of the copy activity.
    Database Copy Report
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