The APPENDCHILDXML function is deprecated. It is still supported for backward compatibility. However, Oracle recommends that you use XQuery Update instead. See Oracle XML DB Developer's Guide for more information.


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APPENDCHILDXML appends a user-supplied value onto the target XML as the child of the node indicated by an XPath expression.

  • XMLType_instance is an instance of XMLType.

  • XPath_string is an Xpath expression indicating one or more nodes onto which one or more child nodes are to be appended. You can specify an absolute XPath_string with an initial slash or a relative XPath_string by omitting the initial slash. If you omit the initial slash, then the context of the relative path defaults to the root node.

  • value_expr specifies one or more nodes of XMLType. It must resolve to a string.

  • The optional namespace_string provides namespace information for the XPath_string. This parameter must be of type VARCHAR2.

See Also:

Oracle XML DB Developer's Guide for more information about this function


The following example adds an /Owner node to the /Warehouse/Building node of warehouse_spec in the oe.warehouses table if the value of the /Building node is "Rented":

UPDATE warehouses
  SET warehouse_spec = APPENDCHILDXML(warehouse_spec, 'Warehouse/Building',
  WHERE EXTRACTVALUE(warehouse_spec, '/Warehouse/Building') = 'Rented';

SELECT warehouse_id,
       EXTRACTVALUE(warehouse_spec, '/Warehouse/Building/Owner') "Prop.Owner"
  FROM warehouses
  WHERE EXISTSNODE(warehouse_spec, '/Warehouse/Building/Owner') = 1;

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           2 San Francisco   Grandco
           3 New Jersey      Grandco