The EXISTSNODE function is deprecated. It is still supported for backward compatibility. However, Oracle recommends that you use the XMLEXISTS function instead. See XMLEXISTS for more information.


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EXISTSNODE determines whether traversal of an XML document using a specified path results in any nodes. It takes as arguments the XMLType instance containing an XML document and a VARCHAR2 XPath string designating a path. The optional namespace_string must resolve to a VARCHAR2 value that specifies a default mapping or namespace mapping for prefixes, which Oracle Database uses when evaluating the XPath expression(s).

The namespace_string argument defaults to the namespace of the root element. If you refer to any subelement in Xpath_string, then you must specify namespace_string, and you must specify the "who" prefix in both of these arguments.

See Also:

"Using XML in SQL Statements" for examples that specify namespace_string and use the "who" prefix.

The return value is NUMBER:

  • 0 if no nodes remain after applying the XPath traversal on the document

  • 1 if any nodes remain


The following example tests for the existence of the /Warehouse/Dock node in the XML path of the warehouse_spec column of the sample table oe.warehouses:

SELECT warehouse_id, warehouse_name
  FROM warehouses
  WHERE EXISTSNODE(warehouse_spec, '/Warehouse/Docks') = 1
  ORDER BY warehouse_id;

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           1 Southlake, Texas
           2 San Francisco
           4 Seattle, Washington